Leaving the City (and Subset)

It’s not even a bad ride. The bus doesn’t smell of bodily fluids; no traffic impedes the way. Ahead, a shower of sparks illuminates the silhouettes of overpass workers. Urban rains splash on greasy sidewalks, churning bubbles that slip down puddles. Other drivers crawl along slick streets, peering out as grainy, low-resolution snapshots of themselves […]

The Urban Wilds

Outside near my office in the city, another tree just quit.  When I arrived years ago, there was one dead tree. I remember thinking it looked odd amongst the healthy, manicured ones that lined the sidewalks within perfect squares of dirt. The landscaping surprised and delighted me at first. It just makes me sad now. […]