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, …