The Political is Personal

I’ve held my breath so long because, let’s face it, it’s scary to be a woman with a political opinion on the internet. Maybe the answer to the epidemic of misogynistic trolls is herd immunity. What if every woman with an opinion got on the internet and said what she thinks? They’d have to start […]

2016, Rear-view Mirror Edition

In 2016, I accomplished some things I am proud of (in no particular order): I summited Wasson and Picacho Peaks, and hiked lots of other trails around Tucson– Pima and Ventana Canyons; Douglas Spring, and some trails in the Tucson Mountains. Every full moon with a few exceptions I night-hiked with my friend Abby. I participated […]

Mel Madden, Mel Madden

I grew up in the 80s and 90s, meaning I was among the first generation to take for granted a home video library. Among my family’s VHS collection was Always, starring Richard Dreyfuss as a dead pilot who haunts his wife. I remember watching that movie with my dad. In one scene, Dreyfuss talks to […]

Counting Down to Graduation

I have less than a month left in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona, and everyone wants to know: What’s next? I’m still figuring that out. But I have some exciting ideas. Ridiculous schemes. Grand plans. Lofty ambitions. Stay tuned.

Walk on the ocean

I’m long overdue for a new post. It’s coming. In the meantime, here’s a recent shot– I made a mad dash to the coast with a friend this weekend– this selfie was taken Saturday, May 18, 6:00pm PST in Santa Monica, CA. I’m back in Tucson now. Stories soon.