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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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Alton Anthem (F# major)

We named a street after Martin Luther King so you can Shut up! We’re renovating the Grand Theatre—all are welcome not like when it opened Shut up! We hired blacks in our factories okay the Feds made us but Shut … Continue reading

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Boy Uninterrupted

They walk into the diner, mother and father in their late forties, and towheaded Junior, maybe ten. They sit at a round table, Junior across from Dad and Mom at Junior’s left arm. Junior takes out an I-Pad, inserts earphones, … Continue reading

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Genehouse Movie Review: “The Rider”

Genehouse Movie Review “The Rider” “The Rider” is one of the most beautiful and moving films I have ever seen, uplifting, gorgeous (the canvas is the Badlands in South Dakota), haunting. “After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete … Continue reading

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In the Forsythia Ballroom

In the Forsythia Ballroom drab in winter but colored bird song sparrows sin and sing scat swinging cardinals dance the Bounce The balcony section, Honeysuckle, upside down, man, with nuthatches powdered snow confetti raining down   In the Forsythia Ballroom, … Continue reading

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