day 284 I read a few pages of My Struggle then went for a long walk in the morning. Up one hill down another and saw a squirrel leap in and out of a dumpster and the field where the cattle herd grazed before the barn burned down. I hadn’t been up that road in over a year. I forgot about the news: San Joaquin Valley Is Sinking From Groundwater Extraction, Global Warming Worsens California Drought, North and South Korea Exchanged Fire On Thursday. Some things felt permanently broken. I came home and made corn soup then took the boys out for errands. We picked up sandwiches and sushi for dinner and then let them loose in the yard where they scuttled around like beetles until bedtime.