#PhotoFriday: Clematis in full bloom

Growing up, my mom had a purple clematis in our front yard. Every year it would grow up our porch railing. Along with the johnny jump-ups that popped up every spring, the clematis was my favorite flower.

When I rented my first house, I bought a clematis bulb and grew it in a pot for a few years. It did okay, and I transplanted it to my yard when we bought our house. It’s grown exponentially over the past three years! It’s now a very happy plant, and every spring when it blooms it reminds me of home.

a purple clematis vine

What flowers or plants remind you of home?

New flash fiction in Uproot!

I have a short short story—”Lonely Weather”—in Issue 5 of Uproot, a journal focused on “place, migration, and dislocation.”

Mia walks west. She walks without stopping for rest, for sleep, for food, for water, because she is a ghost and feels no physical pain. The word echoes in her mind: ghost, ghost, ghost.

She hopes that the miles will wear her down to air, that time will erase her memory.

Keep reading at Uproot! (Content warning, though, for suicide.)

This story comes from my collection, She’s Tired of Going Nowhere. It’s part of a mini-cycle within the collection about a group of women who’ve died because of patriarchal/capitalist violence and what they make of the afterlife. This particular one is not super uplifting, but it’s not meant to be, because not all victims of violence—whether straight up physical violence or the kind of environmental violence I tackle in “Lonely Weather”—get happy endings.

#PhotoFriday: The Pittsburgh Zoo!

We went to the Pittsburgh Zoo last weekend. I spent most of my time there hanging out with the seal and sea lions, because they are my favorite animals. They are like sea puppies, and they even play like puppies! Here are a few photos of them. I hope they brighten your day!

A seal in the water.

I’m pretty sure this is Coolio, a rescued elephant seal pup. He has limited vision, but he still loves to play!

 

Seal swimming.

Here’s Coolio swimming above us. We hung out in the aquarium room a lot.

 

A polar bear swimming.

And here’s the polar bear! We were lucky to see him swimming. According to the fact card, he only spends about 10% of his time in the water.

 

Zoos do important conservation work. If you happen to be in town, check out the Pittsburgh Zoo!