Chicago

Chicago

I talked my sister into travelling from Indianapolis to Chicago on a Greyhound bus. I was back in Indiana visiting family, making those periodic reconnections fueled by tribal obligation and familial love. She lives in Elwood, the small town where we were born, where...
REST IN PEACE

REST IN PEACE

From Palermo eastward to Messina, then south along the straits across from mainland Italy, Sicily rises steeply from the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. Millenia of seasonal rains have carved river beds into steep, narrow folds in a deeply corrugated, undulating...
Wearing a Mask

Wearing a Mask

Years ago, I came across a bound set of dated motivational posters in a bookshop in New York. I bought it for its retro-chic graphics. The posters were designed to hang in canteens or locker rooms where the workforce might absorb their exhortations to kindness,...
Mercy

Mercy

Following a bereavement late in life I underwent a prolonged struggle to regain my sense of purpose. Everyone said a pet would be a good idea, that it would help me steady myself, give me a focus, cheer me up. The timing was perfect, they said. I determined I would...
Communion

Communion

My local was a small roadside pub, just beyond the Leitrim border, on an otherwise empty stretch of the regional road leading into Sligo. It is closed now. The license has been sold. Most people called it Vincie’s; the old ones called it Hargadan’s. A round sign...

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