Small Town USA, Part 2

A town with but one school, K-12. The principal, who is also a teacher and the bus driver to boot. A little country town that doesn’t meet the population standards required to receive additional state or national aid. This is what my host wanted me to understand. At the end of the conversation, I was invited to breakfast with everyone at the crack of dawn, … Continue reading Small Town USA, Part 2

Small Town USA, Part 1

About halfway through my trip, I received an invitation to visit a little town in southwestern Oklahoma. I was hesitant, having already made plans to stay a few days in Oklahoma City before heading south to Texas. It definitely wasn’t the economic route, but something about this particular invitation was compelling. This couple had almost 150 reviews, all (from what I could tell) were glowing … Continue reading Small Town USA, Part 1

The Lost and the Insane

The dry climate in the Southwest makes the world look different. Mountains appear to fade into the blue sky from a distance, only showing their true reds, browns, and oranges upon much closer inspection. The rocky faces jut out of the flat land like a fist pumping into the air; a sudden motion, unexpected to the untrained eye. The foliage of the east coast has … Continue reading The Lost and the Insane

Drive On

In the south, even the oldest, greyed out, decaying pavement has a mirage like shimmer in the distance. The heat waves bouncing off of the blacktop, like a picturesque, poorly placed lake. Like camels in a desert, we follow the shine in hopes of quenching our thirst. Drive on, drive on, drive on, the grass is greener on the other side. Like the non-existent pool … Continue reading Drive On