Monthly Archives: June 2017

Limited vision

Today was lots of questions about how to see things more clearly. That meant tests and questions and a lot of squinting and some waiting. Eventually, a few more things swam more easily into view, especially after the dilation wore off. The biggest thing was seeing how my optometrist’s office looks these days. There’s more […]

Shave and a haircut

I forget how much more crisp and high-resolution a fresh cut can make me feel. Then I go months without one before finally making it happen. For a good while, I’d been content to just lather up and drag a cheap razor over my scalp. But the longer I dd it, the less fun it […]

Market forces

I know the market‘s real, but it’s been at least a year since I got to prowl the rows and inspect the stalls. Most Tuesdays, the closest I get is the corner of Adeline Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. A day like today, I can hang for a while at the corner of […]

Giving me something that’s taboo

First weekday off time away from the newsroom? I’ll take it, even if that means driving past and parking outside the office around the usual starting hour for the second time in as many days. Because there are good things like time with A., a visit to the bookstore, a home-cooked meal and a small […]

Three temples

I’d never been to Thai Temple before, but a friend visiting from Louisiana said we could meet there. I got it together to find parking a block away and found her and a couple of others sitting and talking, having already eaten. There, worship might’ve been about the catching up and small talk or the […]

Tour de flat

Second opinions save time, trouble and lives. When I noticed my bicycle was wobbling, I went back to the downtown bike shop I stopped by a week ago. I needed a screw to fasten a bracket on my rear platform. Bless them, they didn’t charge me anything to do it, so I left a few […]

Black death

Police release dashcam video that shows fatal shooting of Philando Castile https://t.co/TZwfnlLs5V — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) June 20, 2017 I almost got good at it this evening, grabbing the remote and cutting off the newsroom television’s sound as each local television station in turn broadcast that clip of last year’s fatal traffic stop. I’d seen […]

Love yoself

They’re just words on a bench. When you see them, breathe. Remember to turn the bicycle around slowly, angling up off the protected lane and onto the empty sidewalk. Position yourself just so, with your phone held out to compose the picture you’re taking, so the woman walking past you can see what you’re doing […]

These four walls can never hold us

I used to say that sometimes working at a newspaper feels a little like living your life in a house that’s just a little bit on fire. Sometimes that meant it felt a bit like one of the scenes from “Synecdoche, New York” and sometimes that meant feeling like the “this-is-fine” dog, but I pretty […]

Warriors

I didn’t have to work until the afternoon. I managed to put off having to go anywhere downtown until after the parade. This meant noticing the swelling of the city’s population and the celebration on city streets nearby at the margins. I looked out my bedroom window and saw a plane skywriting hashtags into the […]