Personal Essays

The Dying Fire

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by Amy McElroy On the reality show “Survivor,” contestants are voted off with the ceremonial snuffing out of their torches, and host Jeff Probst’s constant reminder that, “In this game, fire represents your life.” There’s something primal to that metaphor, something deeper than a reality show gimmick, as I’ve learned over the past month. First, […]

Make Time Stop

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PHOTO CREDIT: “Marwari Stallion #1” by Tom Chambers, At this time of year when tradition dictates we consider resolutions for the future, I—everthe planner, the worrier, the what-if or could-be dreamer find myself staunchly resisting. While my toes grip the metaphorical sand, my knuckles clutch the all-too-real yellow counter in Nana’s kitchen, and the unscratched, shiny, […]