Our cities stand intact, our farms remain productive, our shops are full of goods. What then happened to make us poorer?
I was digging a ditch behind my house when my son came home from preschool and started making faces at me in the kitchen window. They were unusual faces. The shovel was in my hands. He looked at it. I was standing over the ditch — a narrow slit on the ground that had already filled MORE »
1. The extent to which the following may speak to you may depend on your feelings about German accents. I happen to have highly conflicted feelings about German accents, as anyone whose ancestors had to escape the holocaust would, with the complication being that many of those ancestors were German. Unless it is shouted, or MORE »
I lost my American Express card at 10:30PM on the first night of our holiday travels. It happened at Torch 85, a colorfully titled truck stop/restaurant just outside the Tuskegee National Forest in Alabama, but I did not realize I had lost it until I drove for another hour and stiffly emerged from the car MORE »
One night recently there was a cold snap. We cranked the heat. Bedtime was cozy. Then, in the middle of the night, the heater went out. I got up in the darkness and peered at the dead eye of the digital thermostat, holding my iPhone up to it like a candle or a kerosene lamp. MORE »
For nearly a month now, I’ve walked around with a pair of blue latex gloves stuffed down at the bottom of my shoulder bag. They are scrunched purple smudges. I hardly see them anymore. But just now I paused to stare at them before sliding my computer in on top of them, and remembered why MORE »
It’s been less than twenty four hours since I was sitting in a big easy chair at a friend’s house with two other guys on the couch beside me, all of us oriented towards the television while we traded stories in that half distracted way of guys watching a football game. I write while still MORE »
Elizabeth asked Alexander to get her a slice of cheese. Evangeline sat across the table from her, and I was futzing around with some dinner, having arrived home late. Alexander, age two, walked in his purposeful way from the table to the fridge. He opened the fridge, then opened the little drawer where the cheese MORE »
My daughter is in first grade and doing very well in school. It's a charter school in New Orleans. I am not even sure what, exactly this means. Is it a magnet school? No. Do you have to test to get in? Only if you are not in the district. Were we happy when she got in? Very.
1. I saw a girl walking quickly after a boy on the sidelines of a high school football game, recently. Neither were running, exactly, but something was going on. He was wearing a white hat. The girl passed my Evangeline, who came up to her waist, more or less, and tapped her on the chest. MORE »
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