The best essays come from the moment in which people really need to work something out.

Bull.

Bull.


Sun dog.

Sun dog.


Brothers watching a crop duster, near Fallon, WA, June 2014.


Holy shit.


Garbanzos coated in bright red fertilizer, Fallon, WA, April 2014.


In April on the Palouse, you might look south and see a staggering sunny day, then turn around north to dark, threatening skies. The winter wheat by this time is vivid and green, but the fields still awaiting garbanzos and lentils remain in cake-brown furrows. You can still smell winter when the clouds pass over you and the wind hits your chest, but when they float past, the sun makes you sweat and pull off your jacket.


Morro Bay, California, December, 2013.



So in many ways, being a friend is much easier than trying to save the world. And yet, it’s also much harder. Your life will get messier. You’ll have to struggle with how best to help your friend and those decisions can be heart-breaking at times. Volunteering a few hours at the food pantry or sponsoring a child in Africa is a whole lot easier and cleaner than making friends and opening up your life to the needs, demands and sin of others. To say nothing of how your needs, wants and sins will affect them.