Come on, summer. These books and snacks aren’t going to gobble themselves.

Let’s start with the storms. Six days in a row of leaden clouds and crackling sky. The first day I was on a neighborhood walk at dawn when a gentle sprinkle turned, within minutes, to a heaving downpour. I ran home, thrilled to be the only person outside, the only person seemingly awake. I stood on … Continue reading Come on, summer. These books and snacks aren’t going to gobble themselves.

Nice to meet you?

I have learned, over time, that one of the most enlightening experiences is watching a loved one try to explain you to other people. In the months since Evans and I married, I’ve met some of his friends for the first time. And inevitably, because he is an intentional person and wants his comrades to know the real Julie, conversations … Continue reading Nice to meet you?

Ordinary Intimacies

Sharing a revolving door vestibule with a stranger Licking an envelope in public Someone choosing the adjacent public restroom stall when they’re all empty Leaning over a student’s shoulder Parking next to a car the exact same make and model as a former love’s Riding elevators with only one other person Being complimented on one’s perfume or … Continue reading Ordinary Intimacies