Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

To Pieces

There’s a way in which falling to pieces, brokenness, is the only choice in this present social order, which denies life at every turn. We can hardly face the news … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Slow to Notice

Yet again, despite my disbelief in horoscopes (though profound belief in the value of looking up at the stars), there’s an eerie convergence of my life and the one person’s … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

One Can Never Build Too Many Homes

I’m fortunate. I have a home in San Francisco in the heart of what’s left of the Mission with 15 eccentric, good-hearted folks-as-family in a 10-year-old anarchist collective space, even … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Creature Comforts

Today this 10-year-old — one of my favorite kids in the world, and now part of my chosen family here in my childhood hometown of East Lansing, Michigan, a place … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moving Days

A year ago, I was listening to peepers as I stood outside in the quiet of a star-covered mid-Michigan late evening, as fireflies twinkled at me on all sides. It … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

8 Months Under

From first light to late night, I’ve had my mother on my mind. Her, on this June 3, gone now 8 months long, yet 8 months too short to really … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Counts

I came to East Lansing, Michigan, last Wednesday, May 14, with my father’s oversize watch on my wrist, to mark the 12 months since his death on May 16, 2013. … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment


“An instance of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought.” I’ve traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, this week to, specifically, be here today, May 16. At 4:16 on 5/16 last … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Face of Life and Death

A bit over four years ago, in this same city of San Francisco, in the same neighborhood of the Mission, I learned that my mom had been diagnosed with multiple … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

They Are Together Still

In grief, sorrow often spreads across one’s body before the precise cause of it becomes apparent. A perfectly fine day turns dark, devoid of light. One has to fight back … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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