The flags are at half mast and the streets and sidewalks are empty because it's too damn hot to venture outside. Temperatures have reached all time highs, the trash in the alleys has found new levels of decay and evil has morphed into a new level of insanity. Plants and grass are dying or already dead. One of my car's tires keeps losing air and so on most days it looks as if it is literally melting into the scorching earth. The pools offer little relief and the movie theaters have become unsafe. My house looks like a cave on most days as I try to keep the heat out (and now the evil) out. You can't move and you can't (and don't want to) think.
The Midwest is in a dark place right now and it becomes harder and harder to find that equanimity we are all looking for.