June 14, 2013

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Carnivores

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  How to combine a baby crocodile, a magnet, 3 lettuce leaves and a notebook to make a story? Here goes: “What are you looking at, sweetie?” “A baby crocodile.” “Really?!” Stan looked down into the man-made ditch with steep wooden walls used to channel overflow water from one pond to the next on the […]

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May 25, 2013

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Handle

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Jack hesitated when he finally found the blood-red door and noticed the skeleton for a handle. Just part of the show, he assured himself since he was still in the safer tourist part of the island. Still, he had to will himself to continue on and ignore the physical protest taking place internally. The sun was […]

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March 24, 2013

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Chameleon

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He didn’t care what the rough brick was doing to his refined suit (though he couldn’t resist considering it) as he leaned against the back wall with his drink. He was just happy the sound in his ears was now coming from this Jamie Slater Trio he had been hearing about. The fluid, cerebral, funky bopping was […]

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March 17, 2013

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Anticipation

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Closing his eyes in the darkness, the sound and vibration of the C-47 in its rapid decent reminded him of the row crop tractor they had finally been able to afford when he was a young teenager. With this many nervous men packed into heavy machinery, the smell was getting familiar too. He pondered, in […]

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February 26, 2013

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Dazed and Confused

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I’ll never forget the first time I met Tony. It was the summer of ’79 or ’80, a transition time. He was standing on a dock over the Stono River at the house my brother was renting, just down the street from our own nice middle-class house in a nice middle-class neighborhood, in a beautiful […]

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December 15, 2012

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Calling All Freaks

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This is the hardest one to write so far. I’ve always tried to just say what I feel here, so I’m going to do my best to do just that and yet steer clear of anything that might in any way involve someone I very much respect and care deeply for beyond their comfort and […]

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October 28, 2012

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Land Snark

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Snark. The fuel that is propelling our current American culture. Land of the Free, protected by a shallow moat of snark infested waters. It’s the new capital in capitalism. Want to be King Rat of the rat race? Snark is your bait cheese of choice. Want to be involved in the governance of this fine […]

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October 14, 2012

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Plastic Pastoral

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I am in love with this picture. I really am. I’m giggling right now as I type. Every time I see it, I at least smile. Which is apropos to its origins into my little world. As many of you that know me on the ol’ Facebook are aware, I post a couple of silly […]

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September 29, 2012

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Just a Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

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Let’s just be straight about this: It’s all bullshit. Well, not really IT. IT is what IT is. I’m talking about your notions and versions of what it all is. Your -isms. Your pretty little encompassing boxes with colorful, thematic wrapping and maybe a nice bow or some other appealing accessories to make it presentable, […]

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September 22, 2012

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Blue…

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Blue. I know her well. No, she knows me well. She has been with me from the beginning. She has loved me from the start. She taught me to feel. How the taste is so bittersweet. I did not know she was Blue then. She was just pervasively there. There was no distinction to be […]

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May 29, 2012

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For the Record…

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You probably won’t read this until you’re older. Hell, you probably shouldn’t read most of this until you’re older. But when you do, I want you to know how proud I am of you. How grateful I am to get to be your Dad. Here you are graduating 5th grade, and Grade School in general. […]

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April 14, 2012

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Thank You…

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Cancer. The big ‘C’. With a daunting record across all weight divisions, truly an often overwhelming opponent. One of Mother Nature’s greatest bastard son champions, as she reacts to maintain equilibrium. His success due to his distinct lack of the speed and flash of his more glorified brothers and sisters. No, he is more quietly methodical. Insidiously […]

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April 1, 2012

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Mad Season

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I’m sorry. Let’s just get that out, right up front. I hereby formally apologize for anything I may say or do, now or in the near future. It’s April. And it’s my Mad Season. It starts with today, naturally. April Fools’ Day. My birthday. Really. Fitting, isn’t it? Sharpen’s the picture somewhat, yes? You think […]

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March 27, 2012

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Adventures in Group Therapy

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I went into that first Narcotics Anonymous meeting like I’ve gone into so many things: wide-eyed and daunted. One of the reasons I had picked this group, beyond the proximity to the homestead, was the size of the group. More people meant more anonymity.  “Nothing to see here, folks. Let’s keep moving…” My reason for being […]

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March 18, 2012

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Black Hills & Badlands

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John suddenly paused as he approached his rig from across the expansive parking lot. Something his body did without waiting for his brain to request it. His brain was more occupied with making sure he got to the truck with two six-packs, two chili dogs, and two packs of cigarettes still in balance. He caught […]

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March 15, 2012

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“Hey, Man. You Guys Know ‘Free Bird’?”

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There you are. Up on stage. Cheap par can lights with color gels duct-taped over them are heating the side of your face from an intimate distance. The atmosphere a southerly stew of stale beer, cigarette smoke, hair-spray, and “Yeee-eeee-eeew!” You’ve made it through the first little three-rock-block of cover tunes to open your set […]

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March 13, 2012

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Puddle of Mud

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Something happened on the way, beginning to write a blog. Recently beginning to write, period. After a spell, it dawned on me I didn’t really want to write about me, I wanted to write about us. Sure, I will use myself as the subject or protagonist, perhaps more often than not; but normally as a cautionary tale. […]

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March 12, 2012

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The Ballad of Dorothy James

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I actually had a last-minute idea I was going to write about this weekend, but then I saw this and wanted to post it for posterity. And maybe show off a little… I am proud to say this is a piece written about my kicking, 95 year old, paternal grandmother by a pastor (Or is it minister? No disrespect […]

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March 3, 2012

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Three…

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I remember waking up and not really knowing where I was. Seeing the square grid of the overhead bunk’s undercarriage wasn’t helping much. The snoring in a corner of the metallic cave gave a clue… Oh…yeah… …any minute now a mostly hairless Smokey the Bear (hat, and all) was going to burst into these old barracks at the […]

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February 25, 2012

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Solo Social Sabotage

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I want you to do something for me: The next time you are attending some fancy-pants party or affair, the more formal the better, I want you to shave. Not the usual stuff that is visible, I’m talking about the naughty bits. A few words of caution, or perhaps preparation, are in order. A craftsman/woman […]

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