What Susan Made of My Birthday

May 2016 Twenty-seven years ago today, we pulled into the gravel parking lot of Lisa’s one-room “studio” apartment in Susan’s white four-door Jeep Cherokee, “Butch Running Truck.” Ostensibly, my friend Lisa was making the two of us a treat for my birthday. We climbed steep outdoor stairs and knocked on the glass door. “Surprise!” Lisa […]

Christmas Eve, 2012

[I wrote this on Christmas Eve, 2012] The theme song of Star Trek The Next Generation, Susan’s ringtone, starts to play. Kim answers the phone. “Uh, hello?” Who could be calling from Susan’s phone? The phone is on Kim’s desk where it’s been since Susan died, exactly three weeks ago. Caller: “Hi!” Kim: “Um, who’s this?”