The Foreign Service

today i celebrated with colleagues who serve this nation by going to places like Peshawar, Islamabad, Beirut, Sana'a, Baghdad. most serve without weapons. their service is overlooked. https://youtu.be/W9AEusWxKvw rather than call them heroes, as with our military cousins, more often they are belittled with terms like "cookie-pushers". But: It is statistically more dangerous to join the Foreign Service … Continue reading The Foreign Service

An ounce of hope, a Fifth of futility

Review: God in Neon by Sam Slaughter Sam Slaughter’s collection of stories features protagonists paddling up a great river of booze. Their strokes are futile, the current strong: with beer, tequila, whiskey, Old Crow, Jack, PBR. They struggle under the blurry burden of constant intoxication, their boozing not an act so much as a reality, … Continue reading An ounce of hope, a Fifth of futility