The #AmtrakCares Flint Water Relief Train being unloaded

Relief Rides the Rails, Part I: Flint Water Crisis

Relief Rides the Rails, Part I: Flint Water Crisis

A short piece on the successful initiative by Amtrak employees to bring relief to those impacted by the Flint, MI water crisis. 

I want you to take a moment and recollect with me. We’re 10 and 8 years old, respectively, at the dinner table. I’m struggling to finish my string-beans. You’re hoping that dad doesn’t see, because you know it’ll summon all manner of finger wagging about “children in Third World countries that would love to eat string-beans.”

Oh yeah? Well what about the time that you stayed in the shower too long? Do you remember dad shouting through the steam “stop wasting water, there’s children in Michigan that would love to take a hot shower right now.” Probably not. Because why in the world would that be a realistic comparison? Continue reading

The Seasons Have a Sit-down

unreasonable unseasonable old man winter

Winter had been mouthing off a lot lately. Icy talk not yet backed by action. A cold war, if you will.

Spring and Summer decide a sit-down with Winter is in order. Hash it out. “Do I have to be there?” Fall asked. This doesn’t concern you, Summer replied.

Spring was unsure why Summer felt a need to be there.

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