Field Notes Blog

An occasional shared audio memoir.

Field Notes: Explaining 2020

When you look back on this time in a generation or so, what will you tell those who came of age after the pandemic of 2020-21? How can you describe the fundamental ways that life on Earth changed while humans dealt with the coronavirus? Through my business, blog and podcast, I capture peoples’ stories. Often […]

Carol Romano with her new grandson: “Hugo was less than a month old. He had tummy troubles and would cry and cry. I was given the task of soothing him. When he did fall asleep, it was like familial heaven for me. This was taken in Melbourne, Australia (where he was born) and I had just been stupid about walking about without super sunscreen.

Field Notes: “I cleared away a lot of stuff.”

Carol Romano is a long-time Columbia, Missouri resident and my former neighbor. On the eve of her 75th birthday, she talked about running away from home, finding her tribe and the role of contemplation in managing the pandemic.

Field Notes: ‘The Concept of One God Enthralled Me.’

Growing up in St. Joseph, Ramadhan Washington spent a lot of time at a local Church of God In Christ. Incarcerated as a young man in the Buchanan County, Missouri jail, he met fellow prisoners imported from Kansas City who were practicing Muslims. Over fifty years after his conversion to Islam, Washington is an elder […]

Chuck and Toni Wurth operate the Troost 39 Thrift Store in Kansas City, Missouri.

Field Notes: Creating a More Perfect Union

For 20 years, the Troost 39 Thrift Store has provided low-cost clothes, dishes, books and the occasional guillotine to shoppers. When the building was up for sale three years ago, Chuck and Toni Wurth bought it. Today, the couple maintains the space as thrift store with a mission. Field Notes is an occasional series from […]

‘Everything I do reflects my upbringing’: Scott Lunceford lives and works in Buckner, Missouri.

Field Notes: ‘If they want me to give them two, I give them four.’

In each installment of my Field Notes from the Recollection Agency, I talk to someone with an interesting backstory. Here, Scott Lunceford* talks about government cheese, how re-enacting 1855 can be a family activity and why it pays to bring your harmonica to church. Listen to other Field Notes and learn more about the Recollection […]

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