‘Tis the Season

It’s getting crazy out there. ‘Tis the season for oblivious drivers, mindless wanderers, rogue shopping carts and grabby people. I was buying tea yesterday. Tea — something that evokes images of quiet and calm, peace and warmth. After studying the display long and hard, my hand was almost upon a particular box, until said box […]

The Xhosa Baby

I went to my thyroid appointment earlier today, and a mother and her daughter — maybe around a year and a half old — were also in the waiting room. The child was running around the space and wore shoes which were made to squeak every time she walked or kicked something. To make matters […]

Chaos abounds.

Fourteen floors above the streets of Huntington Beach, I walked over to the window around 4:45 to check on the traffic below. It was immediately apparent that something was wrong. Across the street, a woman was yelling at a man who was walking away. There was no shortage of F-bombs from her, and the tirade […]

Pomp and Parade

I went to Walmart this afternoon because I needed a new passport photo. I do not recommend doing such a thing the day before the fourth of July. The store is somewhat the equivalent of a theme park most of the time: long lines, people walking around eating food (not yet paid for, however), strollers […]

The Sparrow’s Prayer

I saw it at the last possible second, and couldn’t tell whether it was a piece of trash getting caught up among speeding cars, or something else. It was something else. That “something else” was a tiny sparrow. While they’re known for quick,¬†exact movements, the idea of a sparrow trying to fly across the street […]