Prairie Silence; Or: On Being An Ex-Pat In Your Own Home Town

Prairie Silence; Or: On Being An Ex-Pat In Your Own Home Town

Melanie Hoffert grew up on the North Dakota prairie. Like most rural kids, she evacuated to a city the first chance she got, moving by degrees until she ended up in Minneapolis-St.Paul, where I met her. We were in different stages in our lives then. I, still in the aggressive autonomy of early adulthood, felt no […]

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

One of the things I’m learning about grief is how many different ways it manifests. I can easily recognize the Kübler-Ross stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance), but their subtleties and non-linear presentation often surprise me. One of these surprising things is my complete loss of critical faculties. I can still read for enjoyment, but […]