Today I'm still away from home, having more meetings. After a couple of days of sitting down, I often find myself going a wee bit stir-crazy. Usually I'm struggling to sit still by the second day. It's hard to sit back when normally you're standing and moving all day. It's also - oddly - exhausting. Doing what you're not used to doing - or not what you want to be doing - is like that.
"Mountainview," by James Russell
I loved the characters in this piece. A young man - Nick - is suffering through his school years. He's gay, the world seems to know it, and one tormentor in particular just won't leave him alone. It's another day of school agony, until something seems to be happening, and the teachers are keeping secrets and taking all the cell phones. Something is happening, and Nick dares to do something he hasn't done before: he tries not to blend, and strikes out to see what's happening.
The interaction between Nick and his tormentor rang so true to me, and this is a rare time I've seen this particular moment in history done so well. The event itself isn't the point, and it doesn't hit shock value. It's more that - like the rest of the USA - these kids have their worldview altered, and everything changes.