Category: <span>Essay</span>

When The Nights Belonged to Nick at Nite

When The Nights Belonged to Nick at Nite

The TV first spoke to me on a midsummer night when I was thirteen years old. My father and I had an argument over whether I could go to a friend’s house. In the end, he relented, but the waves of tension remained when I returned home that night, filling me with...
The Blame Game: ‘Home Alone’ Revisited

The Blame Game: ‘Home Alone’ Revisited

Three decades after Home Alone hit theaters, I rewatched the movie and its sequel expecting slapstick mayhem, childhood angst, and a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. This time, I got all that—and another message: If you’re a mother, everything is your...
Skating Into the Past

Skating Into the Past

Waiting patiently in line to pay the entrance fee to my local skating rink fills me with almost the same anticipation as it did when I was 12. As I near the ticket window, hearing the music and laughter just beyond the door—all bathed in the smell of stale deodorizer...