Running Home

  I've done my share of complaining about my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, since I moved away at 18, but there has always been one thing that redeemed it. Today, I'm adding another. Designed in 1918, the city's¬†Parkway–a 26-mile stretch of greenspace...

Homeward Bound: A Transplant's View of Southampton

Note: This essay is from the book Southampton St. Louis: An Unconventional History. For ordering information, go to tp://www.southamptonstl.org/history. Ellen and I moved into our Southampton house on Neosho Street in April 1999. She was about seven months pregnant...

Jackie's Song

The day my brother died well they, Shut down the highway, yes they Shut down the highway, oh they Shut down the highway all day long And when I started cryin' well I Walked me a long way, yes I Walked me a long way, oh I Walked me a long way, the long way home I hear...

Write About Now

My first job as a paid writer was with the University of Missouri-Kansas City's student newspaper. I wrote for the arts section. Album reviews. Exhibit reviews. An interview with the new head of the dance program. My cult classic "MTV Hell." The editor of the arts...

Trump l'oeil

Down here it's just winners and losers And don't get caught on the wrong side of that line –Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City" Personally, I will lose nothing if Donald Trump wins. I am a white man. I was born in America. I grew up in one of eight towns in the...