Future Folklore Archive

  • Juniper’s Big Adventure By Declan and his mom Declan and I wrote this together by hand, passing the notebook back and forth, each taking a turn at contributing a line […]

    An interdimensional mother-son story

    Juniper’s Big Adventure By Declan and his mom Declan and I wrote this together by hand, passing the notebook back and forth, each taking a turn at contributing a line […]

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  • Dear Declan, You are 8 today.  Eight. Eight is the atomic number of oxygen.  There are eight spokes on the Wheel of Dharma, which symbolize the interdependent principles on the […]

    A note to my boy, who is eight today

    Dear Declan, You are 8 today.  Eight. Eight is the atomic number of oxygen.  There are eight spokes on the Wheel of Dharma, which symbolize the interdependent principles on the […]

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  • While listening to the new Dr. John record in the car the other evening, Declan and I had the following conversation: Declan: Mom, who is this? I feel like I’ve […]

    You rite baby, you rite

    While listening to the new Dr. John record in the car the other evening, Declan and I had the following conversation: Declan: Mom, who is this? I feel like I’ve […]

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  • Declan has begun to read aloud like John Lithgow… with purpose and emphasis and drama. It’s the best sound in the whole entire world, next to his laugh. The other […]

    Wordplay

    Declan has begun to read aloud like John Lithgow… with purpose and emphasis and drama. It’s the best sound in the whole entire world, next to his laugh. The other […]

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  • Last night, my son told me he had something important to show me at school this morning. “A tree in the hallway,” he said, “with paper ornaments.” That’s sweet, I […]

    The accidental Scrooge

    Last night, my son told me he had something important to show me at school this morning. “A tree in the hallway,” he said, “with paper ornaments.” That’s sweet, I […]

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  • My son and I went to the grocery store today. It had been days. As we finished up in the self-checkout lane, an older woman behind us didn’t wait for […]

    Applesauce

    My son and I went to the grocery store today. It had been days. As we finished up in the self-checkout lane, an older woman behind us didn’t wait for […]

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  • One of Declan’s best friends at preschool is an extremely sweet little girl (I’ll call her Nora). The intensity of her smiles and happy bounces make it seem like she’s […]

    Human worlds and Hello Kitties

    One of Declan’s best friends at preschool is an extremely sweet little girl (I’ll call her Nora). The intensity of her smiles and happy bounces make it seem like she’s […]

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  • For the past several months, I’ve been helping my mother out with a family project. We’ve been going through scads of old, deteriorating photographs, scanning them and identifying faces. Apparently, […]

    Construct your own narrative

    For the past several months, I’ve been helping my mother out with a family project. We’ve been going through scads of old, deteriorating photographs, scanning them and identifying faces. Apparently, […]

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  • This is me in all of my three-weeks-from-17, just-graduated glory, standing next to my brother on a commuter ferry that took us from central New Jersey to South Street Seaport, […]

    WTC

    This is me in all of my three-weeks-from-17, just-graduated glory, standing next to my brother on a commuter ferry that took us from central New Jersey to South Street Seaport, […]

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  • I’ve been helping my mother clear out her office this month, where the shelves are bursting with materials about art education and family history. It is no small project. This […]

    The six-year-old anesthesiologist

    I’ve been helping my mother clear out her office this month, where the shelves are bursting with materials about art education and family history. It is no small project. This […]

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