I don’t like small talk. I can appreciate a casual, friendly conversation, and I like to think I’m a pretty good listener. But it’s hard to enjoy small talk because I’m not very good at it. Part of the problem is that I can’t relate to most of it, as I have very little in … Continue reading Can We Talk?
Last year, everyone was celebrating to see the end of 2020. Surely 2021 couldn’t be as bad, they said… and on some level it wasn’t. But there are other metrics by which it was certainly worse. All that said, I never cared much for the running joke that 2020 was such an awful year … Continue reading Real Resolution
I had a bad day. There were no tragedies. Nothing serious happened. It just didn’t go well, and it left me in a mood that will probably affect the next few days. Even worse, I’ve got things weighing on my mind that have been bothering me for months or years – and at least one … Continue reading In All Things…
On the last day of February in 1983, two men entered the basement of an abandoned Victorian home in St. Louis, Missouri. One lit a cigarette in the dark, perhaps to make their search for scrap metal easier, but the glow revealed something else. Lying on the floor was the body of a headless female, … Continue reading Just Like Us
I remember that morning. I was doing schoolwork in the kitchen, with the rest of my family going about their daily business as usual. My dad came into the room to ask my mom if she knew that the country was on high alert; she did not, of course, but he had just been on … Continue reading When the World Stopped Turning