I thought I would never go back to Indiana, yet after years of nomadic life, I did return, a little over two decades ago, and I stayed. I live in a 19th-century brick house on a half-acre surrounded by fields where coyotes howl. It’s similar to my life as a child. Stories are important to me, as well as meandering walks, gardening and observing what the philosopher David Abram calls the ‘more-than-human world,’ the coyotes and herons, fir trees and coneflowers. Still, the phrase “going to town” has an anticipatory glimmer.
When I go to town now, it’s to Lafayette, Indiana. – from “Sticking Around Lafayette, Indiana,” by Patricia Henley, Smithsonian