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Sisters Making DinnerThis party’s over, my sister says her patient said. Then my sister lifts her chin and says, Where is the fresh mozzarella? This was right before she died. The patient, not my sister. My sister, the baby of the family, the nurse now trying to find pizza toppings in the Shop ’n Save, keeps living.
Nashville: March 3, 2020The night of the tornado, I let you sleep. I let you stay caught in restless dreams beneath the thin blankets, the taut shape of your body like the land beneath a dusting of snow.
The State FairFour teenage girls lived at the group home where I worked in my twenties. They went to public school, made friends, and sometimes did typical teenage things like go to prom or try out for the tennis team.
ServingThere were warnings. There were no warnings. Slipping into my black boots and olive flight suit, braiding my hair, pressing my name tag on my breast, zipping my B-4 bag, kissing Cowboy goodbye, I was leaving.
50 Years of Making Nonfiction CreativeHow all the different flavors of nonfiction transformed into a literary art
Punching UpFunny women are bringing serious subjects to the stage and revolutionizing comedy—and creative nonfiction—in the process
Bad News 101Empathy training helps medical students sit with uncertainty
ShrapnelWriting can be a way of processing traumatic events, but it can also cause its own kind of distress. The coeditor of a book about school shootings considers the cost of "holding the pain."
RenovationsThe necessary folly of rebuilding a home in a world on fire
Do I Die Today?A pilot remembers the fear of wartime flights over the Ho Chi Minh trail