Selected writings.

Not exactly beach reads.

May 01, 2017

The first thing I noticed about Catherine was her accent. She was talking too fast for me to pin it down but I could certainly conclude that it wasn’t any sort of American dialect. When we meet to discuss her journey to America, she makes two remarks that embarrass me. “Americans never ask me about being Scottish and no one ever understands where my accent is from.” We’ve known each other for four years now and this will be the first time I ask her what it’s really like to be Scottish in America.

September 26, 2017

The process of immigration bears a burden of expectations on both sides; for the immigrant and for the host country, ideals and promises abound. The allure of America has been the promise of a better life, a chance to pursue and attain the “American Dream,” a grasp for freedom, liberty, and happiness. With that promise comes a set of expectations, namely that upon entry into the United States, foreigners should assimilate into the fabric of America.

June 20, 2016

The first time I lost my job, the owner of the small design agency where I worked sat in a chair across from me in his spandex shorts and spiked bicycle shoes.  He proceeded to lay off my soon-to-be husband Dylan and me, and then click-clacked his way back to his desk. Six years later, that image of him is the only thing I can laugh at about that day.

March 30, 2018

Flash Fiction: Jade House

We bought vodka from the bookie on Columbus Street. Maybe she was a bookie or maybe that’s just what I overheard my father say. But he knew her. 

November 28, 2016

What does infrastructure mean to us? What is a road, a bridge, a train, a car? For many, access to transportation networks and automobiles is the difference between a job, stable income, and opportunity, or unemployment, hunger, poverty. Infrastructure is not just an abstraction. It is tangible. It is made of stone and steel.

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