The value of a human life is not diminished because there are seven and a half billion of us.  Can you remember that scene in Schindler’s List when the little girl in the red coat ambles through the black-and-white rubble of a devastated city?  She is that anonymous statistic bestowed with color, that rare … Continue reading Redcoats

Inside the Pig Palace—Smithfield Remembered

Author's note: It's been strange and horrifying to see my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota featured in so many news stories about the Coronavirus pandemic.  The following narrative describes my experience working at the now-shuttered Smithfield meatpacking plant.  The facility formally known as John Morrell's has been in operation since 1911 and was acquired … Continue reading Inside the Pig Palace—Smithfield Remembered