A few minutes beforehand you’re watching a woman making tortillas in front of a Food Mart, then you’re seated in stand-still traffic for an hour and a half while someone’s tragedy is playing out ahead, which is called an incident in the traffic news, marked with a little incident icon on traffic report webpages until the last of the glass is swept away, the traffic begins running again, and the “incident” warning swept away as well. Meanwhile, twilight falls, the woman making tortillas cuts off her hot plate, packs up her wares and goes home.
Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press". View all posts by Juli Kearns