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Monthly Archives: July 2016

My Grandfather’s Route To Silver Lake

Sun, 31 Jul 2016, 08:57 PM (-06:00)

1. Deciding To Go “Shall we take the kids to Silver Lake?” I asked. My cousin was up for it. You see, we figured this was the last chance to take her kids while they are still young. Before adolescence sets in. While they can still sense magic drifting in the air. We figured it […]

The Wrath of Khan

Sat, 30 Jul 2016, 06:10 PM (-06:00)

The father and mother of fallen American soldier Homayoun Khan stood on the stage at the Democratic convention as the week drew to a close. The father, Khizr Khan, spoke of Donald Trump: “He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.” He paused, the supportive crowd grumbled and booed. “Donald Trump,” he said, […]

You Decide

Sat, 30 Jul 2016, 03:29 PM (-06:00)

You don’t have to dig very deeply to discover one of the fundamental flaws of my personality. Ask anyone I work with. Ask my fair and industrious wife or my faithful son. Heck, ask anyone in my family. Sometimes I tend to babble on. This can be a particular problem when it comes to … […]

It’s Not Hard To Imagine

Fri, 29 Jul 2016, 09:16 PM (-06:00)

It’s not hard to imagine returning to this place once in a while, is it?

What He Said

Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 09:05 PM (-06:00)

It was something my grandfather said when he crossed the state line. He’d roll down the windows at the border. He’d breathe deeply. And then he’d say, “Smell them air!” Breathe deeply now with me, and smell them air!

Central Illinois

Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 08:50 PM (-06:00)

Central Illinois abstract Central Illinois concrete

We Gathered

Wed, 27 Jul 2016, 09:32 PM (-06:00)

We gathered at this place in the woods, you see.


Mon, 25 Jul 2016, 08:38 PM (-06:00)

“Smell them air,” I said as we crossed into Michigan. Ben was behind the wheel. Trudy was in the backseat. I was in front snapping pictures of the lowering sun and the shadow of our car reaching out on the green growing beside the road as we raced that final stretch north. North to the […]

Standing Tall

Mon, 11 Jul 2016, 08:37 PM (-06:00)

Iesha Evans v. the storm troopers: photo credit: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Checkpoint Restart

Sun, 10 Jul 2016, 07:57 PM (-06:00)

They say we live in a simulation. Or that we could. Or might. To be honest, I don’t know what the line of reasoning is, and I don’t particularly care. I’ve got things to do. But you’ve got to admit, that if you were in a simulation and if you were British, this might be […]