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In A Year Of Reckoning, The Skies Are Full of Us

Oct 10, 2018
The Milky Way.
Abdul Rahman / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/yunir

“A woman in the shape of a monster / A monster in the shape of a woman / The skies are full of them.”

A beer sampler.
Quinn Dombrowski / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/quinndombrowski

I show my classes a picture of a bottle of Budweiser, and in the way they respond to it -- Budweiser, ugh! -- it strikes me that the landscape of American beer has changed a lot in the 20-odd years since I reached legal drinking age. 

A mountainside hemlock forest.
Nicholas A. Tonelli / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/nicholas_t

A search-and-rescue team carried me down on a stretcher. They hoisted me high up into the trail’s hemlock and spruce so I was surrounded by their needles and resin. 

A Moon Festival celebration.
Roberta / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/yuk1k0


The Lunar New Year, with its myriad of superstitions, can stress an American-born Asian like me. 

Juliet Corwin.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

I'm proud to be among those who live with deafness. Yet I often feel rejected by some of these same people.

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