Category Archives: coronavirus

The wrong kind of Tick Tock

Here’s something I can say without remorse or equivocation. I hate ticks. Regular old dog ticks are bad enough. They find their way onto my socks and pants in the fields and make their way up my body until something … Continue reading

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Sometimes it takes patience to show patriotism

A few years back while hammering up a long stretch of road in rural Kane County, Illinois, I glanced over to see a barn decorating in Americana style. I’d been by it plenty of times before, but decided to take … Continue reading

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Reflecting on 2020 and peering into 2021

If you read this blog, you know my politics. By every measure of American virtue–– be it traditional, progressive, conservative, or whatever–– 2020 was a red-letter shitshow. No one got what they wanted, which was freedom from the impact of … Continue reading

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Life is a long letter being written one day at a time

The letter was written seven weeks into my senior year in college, the season in which our cross country team would go on to place second in the NCAA Division III championships. Continue reading

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How is your pandemic experience so far?

A few weeks ago, following a 10-mile run on the Fox River Trail from North Aurora up to Geneva and back, I stopped at a 7-11 to pick up some hydration and food as I’d forgotten to bring anything in … Continue reading

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Running the Covid-19 gauntlet

Running the gauntlet: To run the gauntlet is to take part in a form of corporal punishment in which the party judged guilty is forced to run between two rows of soldiers, who strike out and attack him. While visiting a nearby medical center … Continue reading

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