Meeting Mariani

“I’m a Greek-American dual national, but I grew up going to English boarding schools.” I gazed at the pretty, dark-haired girl before me and blinked. It was February 1981. I had just arrived in Athens, Greece, a junior in high school, and it was my first day at my new school. The week before, I…

Forty red azaleas

Amsterdam: At The Florist

I awoke in a Vermeer painting. Watery afternoon light slanted through the high mullioned windows, creating shafts of golden bright contrasted with deep shadows of ocher and umber. I blinked and looked around, puzzled. My sister dozed in an armchair and I remembered. It was Saturday, February 14, 1981, and I had just arrived in…

Where Is My Mother?!

Parting: Are You My Mother?

Act I: Racine, Scene 21: Parting Exterior, bright, bitter cold (-5F), 7:45 am, Thursday, February 12, 1981. Hotel vestibule in downtown Racine, Wisconsin. Glen, age 16, and his mother Rita stand in the vestibule in heavy parkas, waiting in awkward silence. Rita:       Can you give me Lori’s phone number? I may want to talk to…