Doubting – February 21, 2009 | Part 1

[All photos from Unsplash] This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here. “This weekend was awkward with Jeremy,” Karen confides. “I can imagine,” says Kristina, giving Karen a look of sympathy. Karen and Kristina sit leaning on the arms of the blue corduroy couch, legs outstretched, while I sit […]

Is it True?: Falling-in-Love Story FAQs

[Photo from Unsplash] Ever wanted to know the nitty gritty of writing a memoir? Here’s my attempt to answer some questions my readers might have about the writing of my falling-in-love story. You can read the story from the beginning here. Is everything you’ve written true? How do you remember the story? Yes, this story […]

Dancing – January 30, 2009 | Part 2

[All photos from Unsplash] This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here. Read Part 1 of “Dancing” here. You face me and hold out your hands. I grab hold and you pull me into the center of the floor. “Do you know the basic steps?” you ask. “How about […]

Hearing – January 28, 2009 – Part 2

“Is this your house?” I say slipping off my Chuck Taylors, and resting them near the pile of shoes that has formed in the tile entryway.

“No,” you say, “It’s my parent’s house… they’re letting me crash here so I can save up to buy my own place.”

“Cool. Nice sweater, by the way,” I say.

“You like it?” you say. I nod and smile: your sweater is grey wool with red and blue snowflakes covering your upper chest and shoulders. You look like you’ve walked out of a Swedish Christmas catalog from the ’80s.

You smile proudly. “I just found it today at a thrift store. Three bucks for this!” you say, pointing at your chest.

“Great find,” I say. “I like to go thrifting myself.”

“Well, you’ve got to check out the Goodwills around here…” you say as someone calls you from the living room. You turn your head, and then look back at me—“I’ve got to check on that. Just head on into the living room whenever you’re ready. Put your coat anywhere,” you say, already walking away.

Meeting – January 23, 2009 – Part 3

[All photos from Unsplash] This is part of the serialized publication of scenes from my falling-in-love memoir. Read Part 1 of “Meeting – January 23, 2009” here, and read Part 2 here. “Do you need prayer?” she asks, once I’m a few feet from her. “Yes,” I say, “I really do.” I smile. “Anything in particular?” she […]

Meeting – January 23, 2009 – Part 2

[All photos from Unsplash] This scene is part of the serialized publication of scenes from my falling-in-love memoir. Read Part 1 of “Meeting – January 23, 2009.” About then, the service starts. The lights dim and then flash in reds and blues as the stage fills with smoke. “Is that a fog machine?” I say. He […]