J’ai Tant Reve de Toi

lynnbraz Arabian Nights, Illustration by Kay Nielsen, 1917. Source: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/20/visions-of-the-jinn-ar... Like...more

Santa Fe Miracle #1

lynnbraz Frank Ortiz Dog Park Santa Fe’s Frank Ortiz dog park is a sprawling mishmash of trails and brush, winding through an arroyo and up several hills. The park has two entrances, and I can never remember which lot I’ve parked in, or where I’ve parked the car. The car isn’t mine, and I still have a hard time recognizing it in a sea of other silver colored SUVs ....more

Robbie the Rodeo Clown

lynnbraz Robbie the Rodeo Clown Big things are happening for Robbie the Rodeo Clown. In the Delta Airlines waiting area at the Atlanta Airport, he bounces up and down, heel, toe, heel, toe, chatting up anyone who...more

The Shaman of Port Authority

lynnbraz I stand in front of Port Authority in New York, bundled in fleece and faux down, scarf wrapped up to my chin, clutching a Starbucks, contemplating how to kill two hours before my flying trapeze classes. An older woman approaches me. She’s tiny and slightly stooped, her auburn hair’s gray roots in need of attention ....more

The Game of Life

lynnbraz Mark left when the snow arrived. He’d shown up in Scranton last spring, his California tan ruddied from his time on the streets, his hard luck story on a constant loop. Each week he bore a new battle wound: his arm in a cast, his neck in a brace, a sprained ankle, a bum knee ....more

Inspiration: Writing

lynnbraz Inspiration—Origin: Middle English (in the sense “divine guidance”); via Old French from Late Latin. Literally, in spirit. My favorite piece of my writing—a poem—sucks ....more

The Cutest Dog in the World FAQ

lynnbraz Life with the cutest dog in the world—JuJu—comes with drawbacks. The cutest dog in the world tends to attract a lot of attention. Out on walks, everyone wants to greet him, pet him, ask questions about him ....more

My Twitter Crush

lynnbraz A new follower on Twitter intrigues me. I’m a discerning Twitter follower. Just because you...more

If Gemma Teller Were on Instagram

lynnbraz “You never heart my posts on Instagram,” a dear friends complains. “I heart you in person,” I counter, perplexed. “I heart the hell out of you.” I think of the many ways I heart her, ways that are thoughtful, meaningful, filled with love and admiration ....more

Happy Thanksgiving

lynnbraz When a friend and I trekked in the Indian Himalayas a few years ago, the two words we most frequently uttered were thank you. Thank you, porters, for pitching our tent. Thank you for cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner ....more