Archive for February 2014

Playing Possum

Pretending to be asleep was his favorite defense mechanism. In bed, in chairs, on sofas, occasionally standing up; it saved him from participating in all sorts of uncomfortable circumstances. He’d discovered playing possum as a child, watching his uncle employ the maneuver at almost all family functions. Uncle Ted didn’t care much for people or... Read more »

The Valentine Chronicles

It all started thirty-five years ago, the day after Valentine’s. Just as dawn rose, he stirred inside the womb. They’d all said he’d come in mid-to-late March, but he wasn’t playing by that book. He had his own designs. In a stunning turn of impatience, he wanted out now. I’m not even born yet, he ruminated, and already... Read more »

Illinois Gray

February is typically the most exhausting month in Illinois. Sure, it’s the shortest, but that’s just because if it was any longer, the suicide rate by the time March rolled around would be off the charts. From September through February, even into March, Illinois is a lot like living inside a black and white photograph.... Read more »

Balance in Peaks and Valleys

Balance is important, she reminded herself. Balance is how to stay on your blades at the end of a triple salchow. Balance is what keeps your blades on the ice. She focused on the benefits of equilibrium as she picked up speed, entered a turn, and leapt off the back inside edge of her left... Read more »

Autocorrect: Mad Libs for your SmartPhone

Do you remember Mad Libs? They were, without equivocation, my favorite thing during long car rides as a child. Every time autocorrect inserts itself into a text, note, or email I’m writing on my SmartPhone or tablet or, increasingly, my computer, I’m reminded of Mad Libs. Because that’s where the sausage embellishes the quarantine. There... Read more »