The Eclipse

This morning I’ve noticed that many accounts of yesterday’s total eclipse contain a statement along the lines of “I was not prepared for how beautiful/spiritual/amazing it was,” with which, having been fortunate enough to witness totality first-hand yesterday, I wholeheartedly agree. Why is this reaction so apparently universal? I don’t …

The Magical Times of Day

I’m just going to go ahead and assume that everybody has a “magical” time of day: a moment on the clock face you enjoy, and seem to notice, more than any other configuration. It’s a visual association you’ve made somehow, based on a pattern or a story. 11:11, 1:11, 2:22, …

The Knowledge it Takes

Was just walking around Luling, Louisiana, thinking about how much you have to know to really understand a place, when I found the perfect example on the wall of a lumber warehouse (pictured). So, to understand what this sign means, you have to know: 1) English, as well as the …

Thinkpiece

I read a ton of essays and posts after the election – do we still call them thinkpeices – “to get some perspective” “to get other people’s thoughts.” I read pundit thoughts, journalist thoughts, politician thoughts, and economist thoughts. I read foreign thoughts and domestic thoughts. I read black thoughts …

Festie

I’d begin to climb the stairs and I’d hear him whimpering. A few more steps, a scratch at the door. By the time I’d open the gate onto the porch, Festie would be barking, but not the alarm bark: he’d be barking the sharp yelps of joy. Though I have …

Idle Talk

Realization: I’m tired of being confined to the incredibly limited dialogue around me. All anyone talks about are events, people, politics, opinions-made-facts-made-battle-cries, and yes I know these things can often be important, but where is the talk about ideas, or, god forbid, life itself? These latter topics are what lend …