Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

2 Vigils, 1 Night, 49 Names: #Orlando

2 vigils for Orlando on ‪1 Detroit night. The first was politicians, nonprofits, clergy, and even a cop as speakers-at-you. It was party-festive multicolored balloons as backdrop for media photo … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Springing toward Death

“April showers bring May flowers.” In the Midwest, the empirical proof of this cliché is obvious in the abundance of blossoms, enveloping one with sublime sights and smells. The metaphoric … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

What Gets Shut Down; What We Pry Open

There is that trite phase “one door closes, and another opens,” that gets used too often as awkward condolence to those who’ve lost things and especially people they love. No … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Unwell World

While doing my freelance copyediting work at a midwestern cafe this afternoon, two clean-cut, friendly, white men sat near me and began to chat about their passion for Christianity. One … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seeking writer-storytellers for “Collective Works of Grief: Unsettling Loss, Reinhabiting Humanity” anthology*

* The book’s main title is still being rethought and may change. It was “Public Works of Grief,” and I’ve toyed with “Common Works of Grief.” Any musings on the … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Crossing Over

There is a bridge between life and death. It’s called breath. Thin, weak, undirectional. Only visible for the minutes or seconds during which what’s left of faint air in lungs … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment


If you know me, you know I don’t like to be in photos. It’s the residue of years of arguments when my dad tried to take “act natural” photos that … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment