Semantics Goeth Before the Fall

A 50-word story about mistakes James’s status showed a baggie of pills and a handle of Wild Turkey 101. I texted: “Looks like you’re fixin’ to make some bad decisions.”  “I make mistakes,” James replied. “Mistakes are more fun.”  “Til the next day. LOL”  “The next day’s named tomorrow,” James said, “and tomorrow never comes.”… Continue reading Semantics Goeth Before the Fall

One Girl’s Reaction

100 words prompted by “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones “Poor!” Ellie said, stomping the brake. Clorox bottles and mop handles rattled in the back seat. “I can’t catch a light today.” I lit a smoke and handed it over. “Here’s a light.”   Ellie took a drag. The radio coughed up the Stones. “Satisfaction.” “This… Continue reading One Girl’s Reaction

Expectation Management

He was older than she’d thought he would be, but, in fairness, she was older than she had ever thought she would be. Something they already had in common: her erroneous expectations.  Not a bad start, she thought. Mom always said, ‘When you lower your expectations, you raise your average.’ © Copyright 2020 by Jim LathamPhoto… Continue reading Expectation Management

Tuskers, Ping Pong, and Spears

A travel memory from central Kenya, 1997 Three six-foot-plus Samburu warriors sat at the bar, their left hands curled around half-liter bottles of Tusker. Their right hands caressed the shafts of long, lion-killing spears. The bar was in Maralal, Kenya, which is where the pavement ended — about a days drive out of Nairobi. It was August and… Continue reading Tuskers, Ping Pong, and Spears

Dusty Around the Eyes

Names change colors when you are dusty around the eyes. Watch a gerenuk at sunset while listening to a Walkman. These two odd sentences are mnemonics I constructed to remind myself of chains of thought that occurred to me while learning to do anthropological fieldwork in East Africa. Searching the forests of the Semliki Valley… Continue reading Dusty Around the Eyes