L-O-V-E

“Good morn’ or evening friendsHere’s your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I’m about to sayCould mean the world’s disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and pain It’s thatLove’s in need of love todayDon’t delaySend yours in right awayHate’s goin’ around Breaking many heartsStop it please Before it’s gone … More L-O-V-E

Collecting a New History of Grief (For Rui’s 12th Birthday)

“We live in a country where Americans assimilate corpses in their daily comings and goings.” – Claudia Rankine, “The Condition of Black Life” The appallingly truthful sentence above comes from a new book of essays I’ve recently been reading off and on, called Rebellious Mourning, a collection edited by Cindy Milstein, and published by AK … More Collecting a New History of Grief (For Rui’s 12th Birthday)

Unlucky Seven

June 15 7 years to the day since Rui was abducted and taken to where the Japanese state would assert its sovereignty and claim jurisdiction over my son, unchallenged by any institution, regardless of international law, concern for children’s protection, or feelings of shared humanity. JJapan’s Fuji TV reported on Rui’s abduction in 2011, and … More Unlucky Seven

Cousins

Rui Your first and eldest cousin, Zach Prager, will have his wedding this weekend on Saturday, June 3rd. It will be in Austin, Texas, where Uncle Neal, Aunt Lori, and your Cousin Sarah all live. Zach is going to marry his long-time girlfriend and partner, Molly O’Neil. All of your U.S. family will be gathered … More Cousins