How and why do we decide to approach someone to ask a question or to ask for help? Several months ago, my husband got tickets to take our young sons to a silent movie with live organ music at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle. He picked up the boys from school, while I shopped for a roasted chicken-in case they were starving before the movie began. Preventing hunger is my specialty.

As we approached the Paramount and...

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About the Author

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a poet as well as an associate professor of modern languages and women studies at Seattle University.