This Is Us

The truth of your life is always there — and the more you hide from it, the worse it haunts you

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The cops swarmed toward us.

Have you ever been in a riot?

There were screams, but there was also silence. Enough silence to hear bones crack.

Out of that memory grows a profound connection.

In my life, I’ve wandered into some wild places. I’ve taken long drives in the night…


I watched the Towers fall from Union Square. It’s the sound I remember most. And the smell. A couple of weeks later I wrote this story.

Being in a rock and roll band is like getting in bed with a rattlesnake; you don’t get much sleep and there’s a good…


3 moving tips you need to survive moving.

They trace the night. Lines of 18 wheelers, interstate whine, neon pit stops. In the back of one these articulated behemoths are my t-shirts. And graphic novel collection. And my opera vinyl. My stuff.

We decide to go to Chicago for a year. Post-pandemic urge. We haven’t been off Manhattan…


Wearing a Yankee hat in Boston used to be no big deal. I went to college up there in the 70s and spent tons of time in Fenway. I’d sit in the bleachers wearing my dad’s old Yankee cap and nobody said a word. Nobody chanted _____ sucks either. …


I charged into 2020. I started a new business. I opened an account at a new bank. I met this fellow at a party and he seemed like a nice guy, so I asked if he would help me open my new account at his branch. Not the sort of…


The aftermath of the pandemic is brutal, especially for creative workers in our cities.

In 2019, 61 million people visited New York City, and they didn’t come to watch rich people fly out to the Hamptons. They came to dine in restaurants staffed by beautiful young people, painting by day, serving by night. They came to watch dancers in A Chorus Line, or hear…


We light the Olympics torch in a changed world.

I used to dream of being in the Olympics. As a teen, I started running long-distance. Every day it was my favorite time of day, putting on my shoes and running for hours, getting lost in cities, across bridges, through parks, down market lanes and hidden alleys. I dreamed.

My…


Florida is gone. The Sunshine State becomes the Pirate State, as the Keys advance north to the Georgia border. Flooded Florida, already a haven to the financially and morally corrupt succumbs to total pirate lawlessness as America abandons the remaining dots of land slowly sinking from sight.

Texas is gone…


You’re always wrong. You walk on egg shells. Your goal is to make them happy. You try a million different things. Money, presents, expensive vacations, houses, cars, gifts, letters, even generosity, compassion, patience.

You want to please, but there’s no pleasing, there’s only a constant blaming, demeaning, bullying, fault finding…


As the masks drop, what world are we left with? What consequence do we carry with us? What has gone forever?

President Biden is fond of saying America is back. But back to what? Is getting back to where we were possible? Or even desirable?

Stevie Wonder once said he…

Christopher McHale

Writer | Composer | Producer | Human | Christopher lives and works in New York City. www.christophermchale.com

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