THE FOOD HAS ALREADY BEEN BLESSED
Literature and Belief, Issue 35.2 (2016)
"In Mormondom, we do not “say grace.” Instead, we “say the prayer” or, more commonly in my parents’ house, “bless the food.” If you arrive late to a Mormon dinner party, your host or hostess will likely excuse you from the ritual of praying. “Eat up,” they will say. “The food has already been blessed.”
Superstition Review, Issue 16 (2015)
"We’ve traded moving boxes for haphazard piles. There are empty CD jewel cases, business envelopes, a journal, the Bluetooth keyboard for Kirsten’s iPad, a picture of my mother, scissors, old travel maps from cities we’ve never been to, a notebook, utility bills."
Stone Voices, Issue 7 (2013)
"Souvenir, literally “memory,” or “to come to mind.” And what was she to remember from the gifts I could buy?"
OF COMPLICATED THEMES
SLAB, Issue 7 (2013)
"I dislike the request “Tell me a story.” I don’t know if this is something people like asking their writer friends, or if I'm just surrounded by people who like a good story, but I do not like the request. When I am asked for a story I freeze up, go blank; things get awkward quickly. I am not a storyteller."
NOTHING IN PARTICULAR
Prick of the Spindle, Issue 2.2 (2008)
"Ironic, that nothing should be a noun. A noun, the colloquial definition goes, is a person, place, or thing. Nothing certainly is neither a person nor a place. It is definitely and definitively not a thing, except, of course, grammatically."