I Am My Own Pet

November 16, 2016

Walking in the forest with my 7-month dog, Lucy. The rain has let up for a spell. Blue sky cuts through the mist and big dark cloud. I’m thinking about the huge bags of kibble I feed Lucy and the microbe environment  created in her stomach and intestines, and I think how little the company that makes that food knows, how little I know, or vets know, about what the food we give our dogs does to them. About what they really need to be healthy. And then it comes to me. I am my own pet. I feed myself, groom myself, and take myself out for exercise.

Cain and Abel, The Rumpus

July 27, 2016

Barbara Buchanan and I go deep into the Cain and Abel story: "I read the story of Cain and Abel closely, using the Jewish Publication Society of America translation, and studied the midrash on the text. The language is so rich and layered, from “Am I my brother’s keeper?” to “You shall be more cursed than the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.” The story in the Torah is short but its power resonates throughout our literature and our culture.

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