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A Living Map of a Middle American Town Drawn by a Paper Boy, 1959

Topography: It starts on the flat surface of the sidewalk under the marquee of the Idol Theater. There’s a stack of today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, secured by a wrapped strand of fence wire that I cut with my pliers. On … Continue reading

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I Stare at the Catfish that Rises to the Surface

I Stare at the Catfish that Rises to the Surface   Waves of crickets blow over my ears, a cicada tide comes near.   September summer season, school bus parades, Friday night drums, nests and floods on fire.   Fly … Continue reading

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STOP THANKING THIS VETERAN FOR HIS SERVICE

PLEASE, Stop Thanking Me For Serving In The Military That son of a bitch, I’m gonna shoot him down. Who? That fuckin colonel up in that spotter chopper, he’s gonna get us killed. DON’T MAN…you’ll go to the stockade if … Continue reading

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R.I.P. David, After All These Decades

David’s Gone Fishing Where are you from? I grew up in a small town in middle America in the mid-20th Century, a beach head of sorts for Appalachian immigrants, not unlike my own family, but mostly refugees from the Clay … Continue reading

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These musicians kept our spirits up in Viet Nam

Good Morning Vietnam, Barry Levinson’s 1987 film featured Robin Williams as the deejay Adrian Cronauer during his deployment in the Republic of Viet Nam working for the American Forces Network (AFN/AFVN). AFVN was real, and at its peak served over … Continue reading

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How To Fix It…What’s In Your Toolbox?

A friend, whom I love, currently suffers from an outbreak of rage. He asks his friends how they deal with the existential gloom that occasionally arises. We recognize that we have problems, personally. Difficulty in absorbing and processing the perpetual … Continue reading

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The Ancients Were Here

Leo, in the glint of his left eye, caught the glide of the wavy water snake as he brought his daily practice of a standing meditation to a close. The serpent’s head rose like a periscope on the surface of … Continue reading

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