New Walking the Elipses post "I'm gonna race you back home..." how I ran from the bullies but found friendship
When I came in, dad greeted me from the kitchen and asked how playing at Crystal's was. He hadn't asked any questions, and I hadn't told him where I was going. It drove me nuts when he'd do that. This was a game he played with me. He could nearly always tell me what time I'd gotten home, what I'd done while I was there, how long I'd been there, and where I'd gone if I left. All without asking any questions. When I pressed him about how he did it, halfway convinced he was psychic, he'd just shake his head and say I could do it too, I just needed to pay attention.
REPOST NOTE: All the buzz about the t.v. series In Plain Sight had been confusing me, because I thought it was the same NBC special about Jaycee Dugard's kidnapping and that was definitely not new. But I felt uneasy every time I saw it mentioned. Anyway, I had recently been thinking about this and found … Continue reading The would-be kidnappings I escaped
Shopkeepers. When I was 10, living in the Castro, I didn't have any friends my own age in the neighborhood. There were other children around, but none of them roamed the neighborhood without their parents and we didn't have opportunities to meet each other. Not that I had any interest in them to be honest. … Continue reading Shopkeepers: a young girl’s friends
Here I am for the first time in nearly 20 years at this place that I loved as a kid. I spent so much time here writing, reading, and otherwise being someplace quiet and surrounded by books. I had glamorous ideas of my future writer's life and for whatever reason, I imagined hours spent in libraries - when I wasn't in the custom-made writer's den/cabin I'd of course have somewhere, with a giant weeping willow outside and nearby brook. I'm a little surprised to remember now that I had that image of writing in libraries, since in my adult writing life I don't think it's even occurred to me to go to a library to write.