The house suddenly felt colder and darker ... and maybe a little larger. The walls seemed to pull away from him. He felt hollow and ashamed and abandoned. He stood there a minute with goosebumps prickling his skin before he realized he was holding his breath.
Maggie Koerth is an American science journalist. She is a senior science reporter at FiveThirtyEight and was previously a science editor at Boing Boing and a monthly columnist for The New York Times Magazine. Koerth is the author of the 2012 book Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us. Photo by Jeremy Morgan.