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A Common Disaster

Everything in the world is shaking. I keep a steady hand on my trowel. This week, I am planting ramps in the woods. This same week,...

Cold Friction

“Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age To set a crown upon your lifetime's effort. First, the cold friction of expiring sense...

Christmas, Ohio - 1961

It’s Christmas Eve. I am 12 Years old. I have been a good boy this year. I am kneeling on the iron heating register and praying for my...

Merci Marci

The world is not made of atoms, it is made of stories. There are stories we have heard or read, stories we tell ourselves, and stories we...

Acedia

I don’t want to do this anymore. I am so done with this. How did I ever get to think this is what I was meant to do with my life? I am...

The Twelfth of October

Five years have passed since Megan died. On the anniversary of her death, I weeded and mulched the trees in the back orchard as a way of...

Red Bandana

Kevin wears a red bandana around his forehead. He sprinkles it with holy water. He wears it all the time, even while sleeping. Kevin is...

Look At Me Now

Jerry handed me the shotgun. I had never killed anything before. Jerry stood off to the side with his two brothers, Ken and Steve. These...

Sauntering With Phil

“I don't like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not 'hike!' Do you know the origin of that...

A Red Pearl For Julia

At this singular spot on the Sea of Japan, bright blue bubbles floated about one or two meters above the water. As the bubbles burst,...

Streaming Gomorrah

I know where John lives. I have visited. I do not care to live there. John was a friend of mine but after running my monthly “My Friends”...

Schadenfreude

Billy spits when he talks. All the time. This is annoying. What’s amazing is that Billy cannot read nor write. Billy works hard, almost...

Baba

Baba is leaning over our backyard fence. We are talking tomatoes. Baba lives next door with her son Richard, his wife Mary, and their...

And Then There Was Hugh

Hugh Creveling was my friend. I was Hugh’s friend. I have a host of friends (thank God) and a number of very good friends. Hugh seemed to...

Cousin Barbara

After a recent post of mine, my cousin Barbara commented I should write more. “It’s a gift”, she said. Not realizing what she has done,...

My Friend, Bob Carleton

My friend Bob Carleton has experienced that dramatic change of address that awaits us all. He died on February 25th. Bob and I were...

New Year - 2021

The clocks have just chimed 12 indicating the last day of 2020. I have two such clocks and it’s important to me that they chime together....