Acupuncture After The Apocalypse

Happy Birthday Your Holiness

Today’s your birthday! Happy birthday, Your Holiness. My darling boy. How does it feel to be fifteen and charged with leading a religion when you aren’t even from that country and no one in your family practices the religion?

This world we inhabit is inordinately peculiar.

To celebrate my having given birth to the Dalai Lama fifteen years ago tonight, I’m playing poker. And by crackie gosh darn it, I intend to win.

Jill Riddell is a writer in Chicago. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute and has a weakness for nature, magic, and pennies abandoned in sidewalk cracks.