A New Year’s Kiss

A kiss can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Marilyn Monroe sang about a kiss on the hand being quite continental. Julia Roberts’ hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold in Pretty Woman refused to even kiss her Johns on the lips. In Chekhov’s short story “The Kiss,” it led the protagonist to question its significance and…

Autumn Haiku in Winter

A burst of sunlight A tree consumed by fire Ignites the Autumn I’m from Southern California, so watching the seasons change is a new thing to me. I moved to Oregon in August just in time to watch the trees turn from green to an array of browns, yellows, and reds. This tree pictured above…

A Guide to Masturbation

Embedded essay. Word count: 2,937. Avoid your parents today. Even though you told them over the phone last night that you’d stop for a short visit. You haven’t seen them since the first part of December and now it has been two weeks since New Year’s (Chinese New Year’s, to be precise). More accurately, it’s…