Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

As If It Were Today

Death is funny. It plays tricks on you. Death grabs your hand, twirls you around mercilessly, never lets you out of its dance. You become so dizzy, in fact, that … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Most of Us Are Already Illegal

Rainy, gray-gloomy day. News across Turtle Island of white supremacist attacks and even murder as well as white supremacist infrastructure readying its brutal, annihilationist power. Politicians on all sides, from … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Love Letter

I’m not sure I’ve ever received a better love letter (though I’m happy to be proven wrong in the future!). Nor a more startling one, and one that truly warranted … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bookended between “Bitter” and “Sweet”

“Bittersweet”: that’s the lone word, more than any other, that has stuck with me throughout the long, winding journey of gathering the pieces for an anthology on grief, loss, and … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reflection on Home

A lanky, wizened man in faded overalls, his face crisscrossed with lines of years of stories, tapped me on the shoulder at Honeybee Market as I loaded avocados and Topo-Chico … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

What We Still Have

Possessions have meant less and less to me over the years, especially since my parents died. I saved almost nothing material of them. And the small, portable mementos I did … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Six Months, Less Light

I hadn’t thought about it while gazing at these three glittery-lit deer way back when, six months ago today, but I was also on another nightly lookout, for another dear: … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment