Living With Horror

We don’t watch television in the Kowalski household, and haven’t for several years. This was a decision we made when our first child was born in 2003. We didn’t want our kids exposed to commercials, and we wanted them to spend more time actively...

Writing Sheds and Why We Love Them

Maybe the topic of writing sheds has always been a popular one, and I just never noticed before. Or maybe it’s become a symbol of all that we’ve lost in our culture, in terms of quiet, solitude, and contemplation. (Seriously, I don’t know anyone who...

Crosswords and Coin Collecting

This picture was taken in 1983, on Grandparent’s Day at Erie Day School in Erie, PA. I’m in 8th grade, and I’m sitting in front of some variant of an Apple, probably a IIe. I’m flanked by Harold Siepel (on the left) and William Kowalski Sr., my...