A Thousand Words

Grandpa’s Table

Grandpa’s Table

My grandfather-in-law turned 85 last year. His is a spritely 85: plays daily golf, entertains girlfriends in three time zones, drives his own car, lives in his own, manicured, two-story house in Arizona. For his birthday, his adult children gathered with their spouses...
Oh Brother

Oh Brother

There are always women: aunts, aunties, mothers, sisters, cousin sisters, grandmothers, neighbors, friends. The women are rowdy, singing, dancing, telling bawdy jokes, laughing open mouthed, sharing sweets and snacks. They wear salwar kameez with colored chunnis,...
Nerve Endings

Nerve Endings

One night, in mid-March, I went to bed and found I could not sleep. I lay awake, overly aware of my heartbeat, trying to remember my last cup of coffee, nervous that if I did not get to sleep soon, I might never rest again. My pulse counterproductively increased in...