Author Archives: Oona Suzannah

About Oona Suzannah

Returned to California. Old habits die hard.

Thoughts on Normalcy, Death-Style.

Today I learned that an old family friend, a kind of acquaintance-friend who my family had a falling out with, died while hiking a high-desert trail in Arizona. She had been on that very trail before. She was an experienced … Continue reading

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Longing. Belonging. Be longing.

In the photographs the sun is the color of amber, and it melts into our hair, the bent and twisted cypress tree, the window panes, our limbs. My sisters are shy but proud, and the buckskin dress that they take … Continue reading

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I Love You, Tomorrow

“I got static in my head / the reflected sound of everything” – Elliott Smith, Tomorrow Tomorrow “It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion, such as the production of a magical effect … Continue reading

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Humming trees line the sunburnt streets. They hum in waves, their song swelling, reaching a disorienting crescendo before ebbing back into soft silence: the music of insects. If there were a mascot for this city it would be an amorphous … Continue reading

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There’s no place like…

Moving: the only word to describe what I have been doing for nearly four months, in a small car full of gear, trash, books and music. What is home, anymore? I don’t know, but I can say that the act … Continue reading

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Mood Indigo

I didn’t think the fog on the east coast would feel the same as the fog on the western one. Everything else has been so different: the land is flatter than the west and yet some places, like Vermont, encapsulate … Continue reading

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Three months; a few lessons.

As we approach the three month anniversary of our departure, I have to keep pausing to think back on what I’ve accomplished so far. It’s sort of an exercise, a pumping-up of my Positive Thoughts brainmeats. Doing something as drastic … Continue reading

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Mountain Time.

“They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it.” -Dee Brown: Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee We have driven approximately 1379.29 miles … Continue reading

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Go as you were.

For weeks now I have been trying to write about the zombie apocalypse of the Pacific Northwest. I have stopped and started, erased and rewritten time and time again. I can’t find the beginning of this piece and I think … Continue reading

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“I pulled into the Cactus Tree Motel, to shower off the dust / and I slept on the strange pillows of my wanderlust” – Joni Mitchell (Amelia) I wish I could write about experiencing true isolation and self-reliance in the … Continue reading

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