lacking any definite plan or order or purpose
I think she’s double crazy and
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
Sure, my dad has a drinking problem and my mom can be a little
eccentric, but they make sacrifices for me.
an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
I mean, yeah, my dad would sometimes go on a drinking
binge and be gone for a week, but those white dads can completely disappear without ever leaving the living room.
one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds
Epileptics were often
shamans because people just assumed that God gave seizure-visions to the lucky ones.
emit long loud cries
At the hospital, my mother wept and
feel intense sorrow, especially due to a loss
So they all waved the white flag that day and let me
grieve in peace.
physically or spiritually destructive
a social scientist specializing in the study of humanity
anthropologist wasn’t much of an expert, either.
reflect deeply on a subject
We all just sat there in silence as Ted
mulled that over.
having great beauty and splendor
It was the most
glorious noise I’d ever heard.
cause to move, usually with force or pressure
And I realized that, sure, Indians were drunk and sad and
displaced and crazy and mean, but, dang, we knew how to laugh.
face and withstand with courage
How much loss were we supposed to
deeply agitated especially from emotion
I mean, the thing is, Medea was so
distraught by the world, and felt so betrayed, that she murdered her own kids.
assume a drooping posture or carriage
slumped into her class and sat in the back of the room.
said or done without having been planned in advance
reorganize, especially for the purpose of improving
I keep writing and rewriting, drawing and redrawing, and rethinking and
revising and reediting.
emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant
I mean, I’d always been the lowest Indian on the reservation
totem pole—I wasn’t expected to be good so I wasn’t.
exert oneself continuously or vigorously to gain an end
In fact, my white fans were going to cheer for me like I was some kind of
troops trained to fight on horseback
Cavalry against other Indians.
characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
It made me feel exposed and
injury to the brain caused by a blow
He gave me a
concussion that first game.
smile affectedly or derisively
smirked at me as I took my position next to him.
lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
I wanted to absolutely
a secretion in response to stress, stimulating nerve action
And I figured, with the crazy
adrenaline coursing through my body, I might be able to jump over the rim again.
an impelling force or strength
One play can change your