Discovering A Hole in the Universe

A neighbor’s message on our answering machine informed me that Marge had died. In her sleep. She was eighty-six. My first reaction was rather dismissive: “Well, she had a long life, and it was time,” I told myself. Not until I passed the news on to my husband did my mixed bag of feelings surface. […]

How Birds Teach Communication Skills

I grew up knowing birds could talk. Whenever my mother dug up a lie I thought was safely buried in kryptonite, she’d say, lips smugly pursed, “A little birdie told me.” Needless to say, my view of birds in those days ran more to the image of ratfink than to feathered friend. Later, though, the […]