MAGNIFIED SILENCE

By John Thomas Tuft

Thomas received a degree in Engineering from George Washington University, gaining expertise in a world of precision, certainty, and predictability in the year 1940. This was a much more welcoming world than that of emotions, fickle feelings, and family dynamics. It was even a comfort for him, slide rules and mathematical formulas, at a time when the memory of his older brother being shipped off to a sanitarium for treatment, such as it was, for paranoid schizophrenia burned fresh in his memory. Being trapped in the same bedroom with…