With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Tarn Wilson’s commentaries have aired on public radio, and her writing has appeared in Gulf Stream and Inertia. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can often be found on the trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains, diligently identifying flora and fauna with the help of a guidebook and then promptly forgetting them.
Faithfully, every week, I visit Elsie, age ninety-two. We’ve been friends for thirteen years. For the first ten she was my neighbor on a street of homes built in the 1930s and 1940s and shaded by large sycamores. Then, three years ago, I left my husband behind in the gray duplex we shared, and ever since, I have driven twenty minutes from the neighboring town for our weekly evening of chatting and bad television.