Aging beneath our masks

I still haven’t kicked the habit of putting on lipstick or lip gloss before I go out. And then, I end up with a mask that looks really dirty on the inside and pretty clean on the outside.  One of the negatives for me as a woman during this pandemic is that I’m aging under the…

Beauty in Darkness

What’s the deal with going to see Christmas lights, anyway?  Christmas, and any holiday season for that matter, serves as the perfect reminder of our frailty—ringing dissonance between those who diligently search for beauty in the darkness and those who stay home hoping to avoid the inconvenience of the long wait, dissenting family members, and…

Doctor-Patient

He answered. Odd.  “Who answers their phone now-a-days?” I thought.  I felt right away that he was a kindred spirit.  In the sense that I was just the type of patient he was looking for.  It was nice to have someone ask me questions.  It was very satisfying to feel like I was a mystery…

Prince Charming

Could I really make it around this bonfire one more time with a silly pot on my head?  Why did they give me the biggest pot?  My arm is really tired.  Where am I?  He’d made it seem like he was royalty.  Village prince — what I now know as the running joke among African…