Political Animals: a 21st Century Love Story


A friend story, a love story, and it’s fiction. Kristin sprawls out on her bed, reading Emma, the small metal fan blowing directly in her face. It is mid-June and this is how she usually spends one week every summer: escaping the heat and rereading all of Jane Austen’s novels. She teaches first grade, and while she loves her classroom of six and seven-year olds, the week following the end of the school year, the beginning of her summer, means she needs to decompress and regain her humanity. Chocolate milkshakes and Austen usually do that for Kristin, but this time … Continue reading Political Animals: a 21st Century Love Story

Summer Trip to South Dakota


Back in February, I was e-mailing or messaging old friends to update my address book and get back in touch. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to refresh and retain those friendships. My college friend Sam, whom I hadn’t seen in five years, responded in her typical fast and friendly way. She gave me her address and then invited me on a camping trip scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. After living in California for several years, she and her husband (whom I hadn’t met yet) had moved to Vermillion, South Dakota last year. They were planning a … Continue reading Summer Trip to South Dakota