Lamech, who Cautioned me to be Careful

Lamech, who Cautioned me to be Careful

A Map of Kenya, where Lamech was From Reading time: 2 minutes One of the nursing assistants who took care of me after one of my surgeries was named Lamech. He was mid 30s, dark-complected, tall and sturdily built, with an accent that I couldn’t place but that I...
The Tallest Guy from India I’d Ever Seen

The Tallest Guy from India I’d Ever Seen

Reading time: 2 minutes Four years ago, I had two surgeries about five months apart. (Everything came out just fine, don’t worry.) While I was making my way through encounters with all kinds of medical personnel, I was observing the different people around me....
Some of the Nurses who Helped Me

Some of the Nurses who Helped Me

Nurses’ notes on the board in my room. Reading time: 2 minutes Four years ago, I had two surgeries about five months apart. (Everything came out just fine, don’t worry.) While I was making my way through encounters with all kinds of medical personnel, I...
Oh my God, Someone Who isn’t White!

Oh my God, Someone Who isn’t White!

Reading time: 1 minute I hadn’t realized how white Bend was until this waitress smiled at me. That’s her in the picture, and as you can see, she’s African-American. I drove back from Bend over Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday morning I stopped at the Black Bear...
There are Mixed-Race Families Here!

There are Mixed-Race Families Here!

Reading time: 1 minute There are some mixed-race families here in this little town east of the Cascades! I love seeing people with mixed-race kids who are obviously their own. I think, If Kyle and I had had kids, they would have looked like that. This photo is of a...
A Fellow Writer Likes My Work

A Fellow Writer Likes My Work

Edits of a post I’m working on Reading time: < 1 minute I go to this reading group for writers. Once a month, any writer who wants to, can bring up to five minutes of their work and read it for everyone. There’s this other writer, a white woman like me,...

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