Sister lives

Sister lives

Sister lives are the lives we could be living if we’d made different decisions. For example: in this life I’m living, I have no children, but in a sister life, I married my college sweetheart and we started a family. In this life, I’m essentially sedentary except when...
Grieving the Living: My Dad’s Six Years With Dementia

Grieving the Living: My Dad’s Six Years With Dementia

Two conflicting emotions were woven inextricably throughout the six years between my father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and his death: love and grief. The love was simple and clear. It’s what made me willingly put everything else on hold to care for him, what made me...
Women’s Rights and Voting, Then and Now

Women’s Rights and Voting, Then and Now

In 2012, as the Presidential race that ultimately led to President Obama’s second term was heating up, I was listening to a morning radio show (FM radio, mostly music with morning DJs, not the typical political talk radio) as I dressed. A woman called in to...
Wyoming Welcomes Me Like a Lover

Wyoming Welcomes Me Like a Lover

2006 I left my husband for the first time just before our second wedding anniversary. Instead of traveling to our home in Nebraska for the weekend as planned, I spent Labor Day alone in Wyoming. I stayed in Cheyenne and for a week drove every day to the Snowy Range: a...
Laconee

Laconee

The wind, a soft breeze for once instead of the usual gale, carry the sound of hoofbeats over Laconee. We gatherers—women, children, and older men—draw together on the canyon floor, waiting for the onslaught of terrified bison to come cascading over the edge of the...