Paradise Apocalypse

Chaos swirls like an invisible current around us. Weather no longer sits on the throne of the small-talk kingdom. Coronavirus passes between ears with far more frequency. Forget last night’s bout of thunder, did you hear how many people died in New York? Nervous speculation replaces the default cheeriness of midwestern life.  No end in […]

Letting it Go

I remember I was 19 years old and looking at myself in the mirror. Staring at the girl that stared back. Hating everything I saw there.  My face. Way too round and puffy. Where were the angles of cheekbones, the sharp jawline, I wondered.  My eyes. Too small, too dewy and exhausted-looking. I hated that […]

Flight Paths

Humanity’s great stories use the recurring motif of destiny as plot’s major driver. The main characters start as young and green to their surroundings. They are struck by divine purpose meant to push them towards realizing their true calling. These protagonists become heroes because they fulfill missions assigned to them. Harry Potter, The Odyssey, Lord […]