Love is an Alloy

I sometimes think that I’ve won my freedom at the cost of my parents’ broken hearts. I wonder if that’s true for all children who do not follow in their parents’ footsteps. Who choose another path. Pure love is rare. Most of us experience it only in its...

I Grew Up in Disneyland

Growing up in a protective religious community was a lot like living in Disneyland. Everything was clean and shiny and wholesome and orderly. There were many opportunities to develop our talents and perform. We tried very hard to bring a smile to everyone’s face...

Violet, Tie Up Your Hair

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is still on my mind.  He created such intriguing characters.  In particular Violet, the brains of the family. “Anyone who knew Violet could tell she was thinking hard, because her long hair was tied up in a...