My Great Shutdown

I stood outside of the courtroom after the hearing was over, shaken and upset. Not ten minutes before, the mediator we sat before recommended the ending of our marriage, bringing a legal end to a relationship first started February of 2007. My mother and my best friend had come to the hearing, offering their emotional …

Power Couples, and the Strangeness of Place

In 2007, two loves came into my life. The year before, I met the woman who would eventually become my wife, the one I called my One Great Love. She lived in a town that, as the song lyrics go, is a "concrete jungle where dreams are made of." Our very first date was there, …

Getting Delores Back

On Wednesday morning, approximately around 3:30 a.m., I was awakened by my mother-in-law, who had heard the sound of a diesel truck pull up directly in front of the house. She screamed for me to go out front, as the diesel engine belonged to a tow truck, which had arrived to carry out the most …

Racism, the Erosion of Trust, and the Lost Art of Objective Analysis

"I want my country back." When screamed into the public discourse at a town hall five years ago, these words became the call-to-arms for the purest, most virulent fringes of conservatism to unite. For centuries, the United States, for all its initial tropes about freedom and liberty from the British crown, had held to a …