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Indigo

I hiked into LaVista Park early this morning. June 13, sunny, temperature about sixty-five and a cool north breeze. And the buffalo gnats were dying out. It was a perfect day. Silence. Because the Mississippi River has flooded for nearly … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Plastica

“The Kingdom of Plastica” It is the time of the small. Inchworms dangle from trees and arch along pathways, aiming to become geometer moths—carpet, winter, ennominae, peppered, pug. Web strands dangle like high wires across the jungle (woods, but the … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swiftboat’s A Modest Proposal The Missouri legislature, already known for Whitey, pre-Darwin behavior, in addition to passing a particularly draconian abortion bill, recently decided that Missouri voters were misguided when they voted for a “Clean Missouri,” initiative, a package … Continue reading

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A Death

I don’t want to hear about your hatred of snakes. All humans are born with the fear of reptiles and fear of falling—no doubt cellular memories of our 200,000-year-old ancestors who, if they fell out of their nest trees, perished … Continue reading

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The Homeless of Atascadero

On Capistrano Street, in Atascadero, California, the homeless humans sit in and around the downtown bus stop, the benches lined with adults and children; and the neighborhood end of the street, above Atascadero Creek, which empties into the Salinas River, … Continue reading

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Ugly

What do Stephen Miller and Karl Rove have in common? I don’t mean how ugly they are on the surface—though they are butt ugly. Miller, once he started filling in his bald spot with shoe polish or whatever, is fair … Continue reading

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Granted

My friends David and Linda live in the desert north of San Luis Obispo, California, a prettier place one cannot imagine. People commute to San Luis, their drive taking them through mountain canyons down to the sea. When I’m there, … Continue reading

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Concerto for Viola

Viola Liuzzo was murdered on March 25, 1965 between Selma, Alabama and Montgomery, but it was the why of her death that led to her sainthood. I was a junior at Alton High School, rehearsing for the musical Wonderful Town, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

I grew up a Methodist. Epworth Methodist Church in Belleville, Main Street in Alton, Godfrey Methodist. Joe Evers was the pastor at Epworth. I would know him for a long time, as he played a pivotal role in my life … Continue reading

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Catbelly Heat on My Knees

I came across this song lyric from 1883, in a file marked “Blind Bobbybaby Jax.” Indeed, records show an old black man living in Macoupin County, an itinerant laborer, fruit picker and two-finger banjo plucker. “I done scratched away my … Continue reading

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