In rural west Michigan, near where I grew up, much of life seems dominated by the lake and the land. They hold a steady power over much of what happens in this place, while occasionally hinting at signs of change. As a child of the 80’s, I heard the television belt out the words to a popular ad over and over again: “Yes Michigan! The feeling’s forever!” I could never quite understand what this feeling was. But today, I feel solitude, loneliness, danger, growth, and decay in the places I encounter here, and in the people who inhabit this place.