Sometime last fall I began to think hopefully about a return to “normal.” We went to the theater for the first time in over a year and were jubilant to get out in public (still masked), greet friends, gather in celebration of art. We had people over for Thanksgiving dinner…

I first heard the term FOMO (fear of missing out) on a hike in the mountains with some former students and my husband. There were five of us present. After gaining some elevation we stopped for lunch at a small gloriously clear blue lake. As we ate we began to…

When I was twenty-seven, living in New York City, and working in film, I was stricken one day by severe abdominal pain that eventually led me to pass out. My boyfriend called 911. The cops came to check things out and called an ambulance which transported me, sirens blaring, on…

I would like to dismiss 2021 as a terrible, no-good, very bad year, a year to be sept away and forgotten as quickly as possible. After all, it was a year that began with the insurrection and was quickly followed by my ALS diagnosis. Dire on both the public and…

A couple of weeks ago Paul, my husband, and I fell into a delicious sinkhole of uncontrollable laughter. The ventilator I sleep with was forcing my mouth open, so I was waking with an oral cavity so dry it felt as if my tongue and cheeks were cracking. I decided…

This past weekend I attended a live theater performance for the first time in 20 months. It was an electric evening. Everyone was thrilled to be there, sitting next to “real” people (vaxxed and masked). When the artistic director delivered his opening remarks, we applauded like released lunatics for everything…

Cai Emmons

Cai Emmons is the author of 5 books of fiction, most recently the novel, SINKING ISLANDS. Two more of her novels will be published in 2022.

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