The sounds of husband and wife fights in our neighborhood drew us together as a family.
Dad would turn off the TV or radio, and the three of us would sit near the window that offered the best reception.
The phone might ring with another neighbor asking us if we were listening.
Sometimes the woman would show up at our door crying with marks, mostly on her face.
She and my mother would sit in our kitchen with the doors closed. She would urge her to return to him.
Nobody liked witnessing a woman being dragged darkly back home by a muscular arm.
We had no asylum to offer. Marriages had sanctity back then.
The police were afraid to come, and they knew he would already be black with anger when they arrived. Most of us had guns.
PUBLISHED: March 17, 2017
FILED UNDER: Unnoticed in Clever Wo
There is nothing about the human species that is kind. Everything we are is selfish. We are expected to do little more than persist by eating, killing, and reproduction. The miracle in what we are has risen only in the form of religions. The invention of non-existent beings who insist we are unselfish is Mankind’s most vital achievement.
Being largely incapable of looking at anything without seeing it in some way as a sports metaphor it appears to me the British failure to leave the EU will be their first loss in the war with Europe in over 2500 years.
Half of me is Irish, and it’s the half with a glaring flaw. I can neither forgive or forget. I don’t seek revenge, and aside from a few punches thrown in retaliation, I’m not the kind of person who tries to hurt you back.
I know what there is to know. What I haven’t done is phrase this to myself in a way that makes it useful.
I have to admit a certain measure of ambivalence concerning these people who managed to get their kids into colleges they did not deserve.
On the one hand, more fool them because they’re paying these prices for an education that has almost no utility.
On the other hand, celebrities going to prison can interrupt my Netflix viewing leaving my favorite series limping and unfinished.
That said, it is nice to see people incarcerated for something other than decades-old sexual encounters. It is almost refreshing.
I fully understand how the rich Republican and Democrat Intelligentsia feel on the East and West coasts . How was it ever possible everybody in the middle of the country decided all at once to turn their back on them and just gain weight instead.
So he shows up with this gigantic puffy coat at the beginning of a winter tour. It had to be continuously worn because it was far too large to carry. We added a roadie to carry it when he got into a limo. The kid met the car before he got out. He soured badly after realizing it had no buttons and had to be held shut. A few of us barely got any sleep because we were laughing so hard. The coat disappeared in the middle of the tour.