Musings

Borrowed Gardens

Among DC’s finest features are the townhouse gardens—dutifully tended patches of nature that spring up all around my neighborhood, in…

How to Groom a Pony

Begin by fetching your grooming kit: a crucial possession for any horse-mad child. This unassuming blue tub contains the weapons…

Cicadian Rhythms

“Ms. Cassani Davis, can you help us?” A student has run over. She is shy and determined. She has just…

Interesting Things

In a few weeks, I get to teach writing to a class of 4th graders and a small class of…

Running to the Sea

Running in the New Hampshire winter requires preparation. In my old bedroom in my parents’ house, I keep a collection of…

A Shelf of One’s Own

Recently, a vivid memory bubbled up from when I was about 9. It was lunchtime and I’d retreated to the school…