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Tomatoes from a friend

Looking for Big Boy — and Friends

1: The kind of dust you can feel but not see. Streaked with gold. Medusa-like stems; cracks, dots, and dashes: tomatoes from a friend. I press my nose against their warm skin; even the scent is delicious. 2: A clerk at Burlington Coat Factory becomes enchanted with my son, then…

Vines cover the ruins of the old Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York.

Mere stones and stories they tell

While our storytelling can reshape the past and present, occasionally something happens to set events in stone, connecting them to future generations forever, it seems. On a recent visit to Roosevelt Island, a lesser known part of New York City, stones lay nearly everywhere. They covered the shores. Some crumbled…