Rains

This summer, my little swath of the Midwest has been having some drought-like conditions. For most of the summer, precipitation was scarce. Yes, we had a storm here or there, but not enough to do more than moisten the ground before the dry warmth of the summer sun baked it up again. But this past […]

Road trips

Road trips are a beacon of summer.  Mention a road trip to an American and one is instantly transported to miles and miles of connecting interstates and roadways, where at any moment any number of cars are traveling.  Who knows what cars one might see on the road trip too.  There are infinitesimal numbers of […]

Home

I’m currently sitting on the steps of the front porch of my parents’ home in Orange County, California. I am on my last full day of my trip back “home.” It’s been a short trip, since I didn’t know how long exactly to plan for and didn’t want to use up too much of my […]

Storms in the Afternoon

There was a bit of excitement in my little part of the Midwest yesterday. A tornado hit just one mile south and then just under 2 miles east of where I live. While thankfully, no one was seriously injured in our area, there was significant damage done to a number of houses, a stable east […]