Other people’s children and global parenthood

The week after Jackson was born I read a story about a newborn who’d been bitten by rats over 75 times while his parents were high on drugs. The baby was almost the exact same age as my son, but with a lower birth weight. Only 5 pounds. It was a story that had been…

Flea market finds

In the tiny town of Monteagle, TN, there’s a flea market that Taylor and I peruse like shell scavengers on a beach. The vendors sell toys with missing parts and corroded batteries. They sell boxes of Little Debbie cakes shaped like Christmas trees–in July. They sell glossy, sumptuously curvy bell peppers and apples that snap…

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