Hamtramck Water Woes

Also published in the Hamtramck Review One thing that unites all Hamtramck residents is our distress over our water bills. Bills seem to get higher and higher every year, even as we confront challenges to the quality of our water. This year, Hamtramck has simultaneously shifted toward automated water meter while reducing our ability to […]

Election Day

I woke up at 6am. Very tired. I had gone to be at 2 or maybe 3 while Molly, Evan and an affable neighbor sat at the dining room table stickering and cutting papers like elves and manipulating spreadsheets. One of the elves left me a present at the bottom of the stairs- it was […]


Audio Its a long way between can and do. You’re at the strange age- not young but so new- staring at the vastness of space from your mattress on the floor, Praying for that small grace to rise once more. Work another long day that ain’t working for you. Bringing home that minimum wage is […]

Flower, Honor, Tenor

Audio My baby gardens at night, She gets that midnight dirt inside of her fingernails. I wonder what it feels like To hear the secrets of the earth that she never tells. And so what- maybe she’s crazy, to spend her time creating beauty she’ll never see. But when the moon hits the sky I […]

All the Love is

Audio All the love is stronger, now- I call you sisters and brothers. And, I’m not saying that it’s easy, somehow, but I don’t believe there are others. All the dark is softer, now- I glide right over the ridges. And I’m not saying that it’s easy, somehow, but at least I’m not digging ditches. […]


Audio It’s funny how the what we do becomes the who we are- a lifetime of tomorrows passes by. And, flipping through my journal is like picking at a scar- the pages thick with ink that just won’t dry. Oh, I have tried a hundred ways to end this bitter journey. And time can hide, […]

Honest John’s

Video Well, we met down there at PJ’s on a lonely Sunday night and right away, my dear, it seemed to come quite natural. Then I braided you a bracelet, but I tied it on too tight, that’s when I knew that you and me was something actual. Then, there was that time at Cece’s […]

Wire Nuts

I think of my dad as an accidental feminist. He has five daughters, so he didn’t have much of a choice. With that gender distribution, it was inevitable that he would witness his female progeny carry out multiple acts of intelligence and feats of competency. Practicality alone led him to avoid “traditional” paths wherein each […]