Last word

Last word

Winter 2019
As with most babies around the world, my first word was “mama.” But the woman I called “mama” was actually my grandma. My birth mother passed away...
Fall 2014
Today’s power outages, often due to demands on the electrical grid during the sweltering days of summer, have most of us gritting our teeth while we wait...
Fall 2018
About a year before I matriculated at Barnard, I sat and listened while an unshaven man with disappointed eyes told me how impossible it was to make...
Spring 2018
Until the last couple of years, my life was not drastically different from the New York lives of many of my friends. I married and divorced (after...
Winter 2018
For our first date in my junior year, Chris offered to make me a salad for lunch. (I know, more innocent times.) His apartment share on Morningside...
Fall 2017
It was tense inside the Los Angeles Superior Courtroom of the Civil Division. A father in El Salvador, speaking over the phone with the help of a...
Spring 2012
It was a poppin’ fresh idea—“Meatball Minestrone Bake”! That recipe that brought me to the biggest cooking contest in the world this year—the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off. With...
Summer 2017
The path from “aspiring novelist” to “novelist” can be long, which no one understands better than me, a 51-year-old debut novelist. As an English major at Barnard...
Spring 2017
One day, some thirty years ago, I suddenly could not see a telephone number in a Manhattan phonebook. From that day forth, I was not ready for...
Fall 2012
BANG! was the sound I heard in the middle of my sleep. I jumped up, not seeing my husband, Matt. I ran down the stairs, and prayed,...