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 […]

Liberation

My life is a series of peaks and valleys. Years pass with months of utter bliss dotting the seasons.  Slowly these golden hues of happiness lose out to a more solemn and colorless gray.  This proceeds further until all color is sapped. To rise from the numb security of sleep is an assault on the […]

Christmas.

I once loved this holiday. I still do, in fact. The reason for the warm feelings comes from the temporal significance the holiday season carries.  Every year, like clockwork, old decorations are restored to their places, familiar treats warm our bellies, and music older than most of us fills our ears. Christmas lives off of […]