Journal

Dispatches and speculations from the American roadside.



August 26, 2020

Weather

I switch the channel and a meteorologist says, “Just behind this vortex is a wall of water getting ready to surge.”

August 25, 2020

Untethered

Then the First Lady stood in the Rose Garden and lectured us about civility while her husband smirked.

August 24, 2020

Observance

Tonight I sat outside in the unfamiliar terrain of southeastern Ohio, lit a candle, and watched the stars.

August 23, 2020

Pegasus

First memories are such peculiar creatures, these fuzzy impressions and garbled snapshots that teach us how to see the world.

August 22, 2020

Scan

For a glimpse into the brainpan of America, you can’t beat late-night AM radio.

August 21, 2020

Sunset

Heading west on Interstate 70, there’s a beautiful sunset and it’ll have to do for tonight.

August 20, 2020

Machine

An empathy machine sounds like a pretty good leader right now.

August 19, 2020

Signs

Somewhere in southeastern Ohio, I drove past two ranch houses sitting side by side with tidy sidewalks and neatly mowed lawns.

August 18, 2020

Jeremiad

A woman at the supermarket kept making a noise I could not decipher.

August 17, 2020

Convention

Somewhere north of Columbus, we tuned in to the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

August 16, 2020

Grind

The body remembers slowly and forgets very quickly.

August 15, 2020

Tornado

Maybe it was the barometer dropping, the rearrangement of air pressure.