Sunday, February 24, 2013

Snow white

This week was punctuated by twenty-four hours of house arrest after Missouri was hit by an event locals call "thunder-snow." Yes, the weather here is strange.

At least I was stuck indoors with one of Claire's lovely blooming orchids.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A long weekend with Leo "Dear Heart" Stigliani

Leo "Dear Heart" Stigliani was my main squeeze this Valentine's Day.

Leo on the day after Valentine's wearing his new collar
designed and sewn by Marie Stigliani.

Claire went away for a long weekend, leaving Leo and I to fend for ourselves in Columbia. Many hours were spent in bed while I transcribed thesis interviews and Leo napped. Leo also did a good job of letting me know when he thought I'd done enough work with the classic nosebutt-typing-disruption technique. But I think that we both got what we wanted in the end. I did manage to finish the transcriptions, and I believe Leo would agree that he was well-loved in Claire's absence.

Monday, February 11, 2013


This week, I received an invitation to participate in a press trip to the European Union headquarters in Brussels and made inroads with finding a magazine to publish the off-the-grid story I wrote last semester. Things are happening. I'm not sure where they're going, but it feels good.

Oh, and on a non-career note, I have a new favorite cake. It's a chocolate buckwheat hazelnut Nutella-like delicious thing, which I've made twice in a three-day period. I didn't eat them all myself (although I wouldn't have minded). I shared them with friends at two different dinner gatherings. They liked the cake too.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A poem

I've had more time to write poetry lately. Here's one of them.

Sweet Sleep
By Emilie Stigliani

Most likely where it all began.
In the hospital bed shortly after my birth
with Marie, Marisa and Claire Stigliani.
I have searched for sleep
On buses, trains
In cars and planes
Through fearful nights
When I left the lights bright
And checked the lock
Listening to tick-tock
Waiting for the sun
Which couldn’t come
Too soon
I have found sleep
In all shapes
The sweet “S”
Where a cinnabon dog
Curls in the crook of my knees
My polished teaspoon
Nested in another’s tablespoon
Under the silvery moon
The party-pooper corpse pose
On a crumb-covered sofa
To the lullaby of laughter
I sleep best
Not alone
Nuzzled and squeezed
The result of a family bed
Lie beside me