fear of forgetting

I’ll never forget a statement made by Damien Echols while leaving prison after surviving death row, wrongly convicted, for 18 years. He said that he was already forgetting what life was like behind bars. Only a few minutes of separation removed himself from those decades of hardship. I stop. Is that how quickly humans can…

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the train ride home

You open your eyes. Out the window of the train you see gleaming cities in the sunlight, sunflower fields stretching into the horizon. Glassy lakes and mountains extending into the clouds. Sights that knock the air out of your lungs and make you remember why you’re on the train in the first place. There are…

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success: target practice

J and I sat in our small car while driving back to base, over hills and valleys, an expanse of fielded German landscape surrounding us when he said something that stood out to me. We had just driven to a nearby town to buy a crockpot and coffee maker from another military family who was…

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