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Nadia Garas
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a place
It’s Saturday morning and I am emptying the dishwasher. For
what must be the 100,000 th time in this life. Maybe it’s Norah Jones on the radio, but the emptying of the
dishwasher is becoming an experience for me. I am fixated on the red plates
that I got fr...

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just happy
Shoot. Somebody important has just asked me why I'm not writing anymore. "Maybe you're too happy," she says, like it's a challenge, daring me to agree. I have just told her I am "doing great" three times in a row. How nice.  I scoff at her suggestion like h...

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just happy
Shoot. Somebody important has just asked me why I’m not
writing anymore. “Maybe you’re too happy,” she says, like it’s a challenge. I
have just told her I am “doing great” three times in a row. How nice. I scoff at her suggestion like happiness is the devil...

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a story
It was overcast, and I was
uncomfortable. Let me tell you a story, he
said. “When I was fourteen years
old, my parents sent me away to a foreign country where I couldn’t speak the
language at all. It was scary, but it was good for me, in the end,” he began....

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nothing + everything
We walked uphill for a while. The tall yellow Aspen trees were striking against a backdrop of a confidently blue sky.  It was like all of the magical places I read about as a child – the Secret Garden, Narnia, Oz –  had unified together to create this extra...

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twenty five
Dear little girl, Hello again. You might
remember me from a year and some months ago, when I introduced myself to you
and your lovely shining face on the bus where I sat behind you. Hello again.
I’m back. I see that you have grown and
so have I. When we las...

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this is where
Fall is so romantic, isn’t it? It’s so romantic.  Something about winter being on its way but not quite here yet is romantic. Like the honeymoon before a marriage. It’s all fun, right now. It’s just fall, and it’s just fun. I also love the fall colors. The ...

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nothing + everything
We walked uphill for a while. The tall yellow Aspen trees were striking against a backdrop of a confidently blue sky.  It was like all of the magical places I read about as a child – the Secret Garden, Narnia, Oz –  had unified together to create this extra...

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beautiful ruins
-I don’t know, she said. Sometimes I don’t feel special at all. -Nonsense. You are special. Everybody knows that. -But I just read this book, she said, about these magnanimous characters whose lives were reduced to nothing. This famous actress lined up for ...

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amen
And just
like that, it was summer. It’s the
greenest I have ever seen this place. The air is cool at night. The sun stays
out past curfew, striking the sky with defiant yellows and oranges. There is
live music everywhere, all the time. It’s not even good, b...
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