Des Moines gang killings: ‘Blood for blood until everyone is dead’

There are so many reasons you should know Will Keeps. You should know him as a survivor of child sexual abuse by his stepfather. He survived with the kind of scars you can’t see. You should know him as a survivor of gang life. He witnessed a murder. A gang member put a gun toContinue reading “Des Moines gang killings: ‘Blood for blood until everyone is dead’”

Finding grace from the stolen laundry bag

Update on the stolen laundry: It’s still stolen. I spoke with a Des Moines police detective this morning. He was as polite as can be. He was also honest. The chances of my bag being found are somewhere between impossible and miraculous. He didn’t say that. But I can read between the lines. It’s OK.Continue reading “Finding grace from the stolen laundry bag”

The emperor — or at least this writer — has no clothes (well, fewer clothes) because somebody stole his laundry

Someone stole my laundry. This seems amusing. I think of the scene from “The Big Lebowski,” when Walter throws a bag full of his dirty underwear — the whites — to the supposed kidnappers of the Big Lebowski’s trophy wife. What must my thief have thought when he yanked open the drawstring to find theContinue reading “The emperor — or at least this writer — has no clothes (well, fewer clothes) because somebody stole his laundry”