You and I live with Alu, a strawberry-blonde dog, and Esteban, an ebony cat, in a house that is too large for the four of us.
Jay Hodges is a book coach, editor, and writer in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, a Yaddo fellow, and the co-creator of the award-winning documentary Trinidad. His writing has appeared in Time Out New York and In These Times. "Our Own Country" is excerpted from a memoir in progress about dementia.