"Football in Grass" by Jayel Aheram / licensed under Creative Commons

Betting Big on the Box Trifecta

They say my grandpa used to bet on the ponies. They say he swaggered to the harness racetrack several nights a week when the weather was warm enough to draw the crowds, smoking a White Owl cigar and leaning over…

The Survival Game

The Survival Game

When I was a kid my dad and I would go to my great-grandpa’s for lunch. Without fail he’d be cooking a potato on the stove, shuffling around, thin and stooped by age. Despite his frail frame, he held his…

A New Orleans Serenade

When the first droplets hit, the musicians and palm readers and painters in front of St. Louis Cathedral moved what they could and covered what they couldn’t. Umbrellas popped, wielded by those more familiar with the transitory moods of New…

Red River Gorge

His socks were in a ball beside him. A faint imprint of moisture collected beneath them and, as he stretched his right arm, his fingers gently brushed them, recoiling from the cold dampness. His toes curled and uncurled, dangling over…