It’s easy to get carried away while editing. I do sometimes. I remove a sentence and discover that the piece is improved. I take out a paragraph and see it’s even better. Delete a page, then two. Eventually the screen is blank. It’s perfect! I think, Unimpeachable! It’s the same thing with housewares. Every time […]Read More Parallel Universe
Every time I go hiking in the Ozarks I think about the Civil War. There were a bunch of Civil War battles fought around here, including at Wilson’s Creek, the site of the second major battle of the Civil War and the first battle west of the Mississippi. The vast majority of my Civil War […]Read More Underbrush
Wearing shorts on a recent sunny day, I wondered if it was possible to see my copious leg hair from six feet away. I haven’t wanted to shave my legs during the lockdown—truly, what is the point?—and of course it doesn’t matter if someone sees my leg hair, but I was curious. I googled, sure […]Read More Is leg hair visible from six feet away?
It’s a tough time for people who like reading books. It’s a tough time for people in general. It’s a tough time. Have you heard of this thing called coronavirus? Libraries are closed, my favorite local bookstore is not considered an essential business, and Amazon warehouse workers are striking for basic safety precautions and paid […]Read More The Library
Just before falling asleep a few nights ago, I suddenly thought that maybe the coronavirus pandemic could result in a blogging renaissance. I miss old school blogs, where people would share little musings or life updates. I know that people are still sharing this stuff on social media, but it’s more polished now, or it’s […]Read More Be As Weird As You Can
Yesterday I went looking in my email account for a poem Tony and I once wrote together, which mentioned Taco Bell. I was looking for this poem because I recently discovered Taco Bell Quarterly, a real and wonderful literary journal that just released its second issue. It is no way associated with or endorsed by […]Read More We’re Not in the Business of Not Dealing with Jerks
Five years ago I was taking science classes at Ozarks Technical Community College and writing grants as a freelancer. I thought at the time that I wanted to get a master’s degree in public health and dietetics, but I hadn’t taken any of the needed prerequisites. I ended up taking a bunch of science classes […]Read More Now is Better than Before