On the Road

On the Haunting Beauty of Roadside Crosses in New Mexico

The roadside cross is a jarring balance of the emotional poles, internal and external, surely an action by and for the remaining soul—not the one who has departed.

Sep 11, 2018
Finding Faith Beyond God on the Camino de Santiago

For me, loss of faith was hollowing. Can you believe in miracles without believing in God?

Sep 10, 2018
How a Lake and Former Coal Mine Can Help Us Think About Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy, and How We Seek to Control Temperature

Collecting and burning wood, I felt close to my family. It was something tangible, something that kept us warm.

Jun 14, 2018
Eight US States Have an Official State Firearm

The state bird of Alabama is the yellowhammer, and the state game bird is the turkey. One bird for beauty, and one to blow up.

Apr 25, 2018
Meeting MM: On Friendship and Disability in Japan

“Being disabled my entire life, I have yet to experience the kind of loss that MM must feel. To me, disability is the norm.”

Nov 21, 2017
How to Gossip about African Writing in Geneva

Meeting a fellow writer you admire in search of approval and permission.

Lost, and Then Found Once More: On Traveling Alone Without Sight

“The feeling of being out on my own is worth all the fear I must fight to get there.”

Sep 11, 2017
Why Do They Come to the Iowa State Fair?

“I’m still transfixed by the deep-fried stick of butter on a stick.”

Sep 01, 2017
The Art of Doing Nothing: An Ode to Ferry Boats

Ferries are a salve against a society that prioritizes productivity above all else.

Jul 13, 2017
Traveling While Black

“What a menace, to live in bodies that are so frequently assumed to be corrupt.”

Jun 30, 2017