Wednesday, May 31

Dear Sister & Bro.

Wikipedia has a St. Louis tornado history, and here are photos of the damage from the September 29, 1927 storm.

Tuesday, May 30

All the way across Nebraska, the wind blows out of the south and plays hell with my gas mileage. Along I-80, big trucks and bikers lean visibly to the left. Past Central City, so much dust is blowing across the road that I turn on the lights.

wednesday, may 24

engineering

there are of course
step by step instructions
on the internet
and it is easy enough to find
an apple, a ballpoint pen
and some foil
the temptation to innovate
as usual proves impossible to
resist; we add masking tape.

Friday, May 12

so it goes

We are not going to Australia this summer. The tomato plant in the sun room grows almost visibly. Elizabeth's brother Sam is living on a chair in the corner with his laptop. Hating George Bush continues to be a popular but inadequate response to the evils of the world-system. I continue to string index cards on the wall. The locust tree outside the door is full of flowers and bees, who live in the corner of the house. Some day, someone is going to undertake to kill them. I feel sad when I think about it.

tuesday, may 2

thesis

reality
tending to be more interesting
than its approximations
is the proper field of study
& action.