God Damn It Be Kind

“Like homing pigeons,” a man in a New York bar once told me about Pittsburghers. “You leave. You go back. You’re lucky. There aren’t many places like that.”

2023-10-18T09:16:30-04:00October 13, 2023|

On Curiosity, Empathy, and the Flavor of Beer

As craft beer and other artisan food and beverage industries reckon with their lack of diversity and seek to court new demographics, this posture of reciprocal learning and the empathy and curiosity that go with it can serve as an invitation.

2023-08-22T09:21:42-04:00August 19, 2023|

Forgetting How to Swim

We would laugh so hard in a place not meant for laughter, feel family in a place not meant for home. We had built a brotherhood in a place meant only to be punitive.

2023-07-24T10:05:25-04:00July 19, 2023|

They Shrink From Hard Work

I don’t have enough memories to draw on to fit the form, and I can’t fake it without moving into the realm of fiction, without lying to myself, no matter how nice a story it would make, no matter how very rural or Appalachian these stories could present me.

2023-01-09T09:34:03-05:00January 4, 2023|
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