Cassandra of the Dunes

An urban legend retelling inspired by “Diana of the Dunes.” Cassandra at Dawn Cassandra watched as the white-crested waves crashed onto the shore. She and her family had come to this beach every year since she was two. It was the same every year: lazy days of swimming and ice cream and sunbathing. But thisContinue reading “Cassandra of the Dunes”

Magic: A Personal Essay

From prayers and rituals to astrology and necromancy, magic predates written language. Depending on your views and spiritual background, the conversion of magic and religion can be a delightful interaction or a forsaken rendezvous. Within my daily life, I am captivated by finding the magical moments, or the blessings, that enhance my existence.  In quandamContinue reading “Magic: A Personal Essay”

Christmas Magic

Jan was having the devil’s own time this holiday season. It was Christmas Eve, and for once in her ninety-three years, she had nothing to look forward to. Her ginger cat, Charles, curled in her lap as she sipped her morning coffee. Her late husband’s budgies squawked in their cage more aggressively than usual–as ifContinue reading “Christmas Magic”

A Delightful Walk: An Ode to Ross Gay

As we’ve learned, a global pandemic does a lot of things. For me, it has highlighted my greatest joys and juxtaposed them to my greatest sorrows. The last seven months brings to mind life being like a box of chocolates or a bag of jelly beans where one experiences the absolute ecstasy of finding aContinue reading “A Delightful Walk: An Ode to Ross Gay”

The Curse of the Lioness

It was a day full of peculiarities. Rose’s rusted teakettle was crying bucketfuls of tears with great heaves in the corner of the kitchen. Above her head, leather-bound books flapped from shelf to shelf with more volition than usual, causing Rose to duck and cover while scrubbing the floor and doing the dishes. Outside ofContinue reading “The Curse of the Lioness”