Dove | East Wenatchee, WA | September 2019

The best explanations of how electricity works are written for fifth-graders. Circuits, electrons, energy flows, positive-negative charges — we non-electricians understand them better when descriptions are dumbed waaaay down. Even then, we can’t really comprehend the nature of amps and volts. How does electricity actually flow through wires? How can it turn metal into magnets? How does it fuel a Big Mouth Billy Bass plaque to sing “Don’t Worry Be Happy”? My own deep hypothesis, based on staring at a power pole while sipping coffee, is that electricity is like love. We can experience it but can’t explain it. It’s everywhere but ephemeral. And even though we handle it carefully, we sometimes still get shocked.