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#1087

Most police officers will never pull their guns on someone, much less shoot. But, when you read about rogue officers, they almost always have shootings in their past. Most recent case in point, Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, badge number 1087, … Continue reading

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Birth

I was walking in LaVista Park, swiping biting black flies as I went. At the park’s lower entrance, I relocated an eastern brown snake. It was stretched out, the size of a nightcrawler, and someone was going to step on … Continue reading

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What I have Seen

I have been hiking for over fifty years. I was lucky enough to have friends and family living near wild places, so I could hike to exhaustion and sleep in a bed. New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, California, Washington, New … Continue reading

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Cluck! Cluck!

There is a reason why gun violence will go on in perpetuity: White people. It is in the interest of white people to cluck their tongues righteously when reporters ask them about gun violence. It is also in the interest … Continue reading

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What I Have Seen

I have been hiking for over fifty years. I was lucky enough to have friends and family living near wild places, so I could hike to exhaustion and sleep in a bed. New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, California, Washington, New … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Edmund Pettis Bridge

A noose was placed on his locker. An ace of spades playing card was inserted into his locker. Racist notes were left inside his locker. A Hispanic co-worker refused to train him because he was black. The men’s restroom stalls … Continue reading

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Shirts v Skins

In 1985, my friend Dr. Mel Slott, who resembled the actor Telly Savalas as the TV character Kojak, and whose one private writing lesson changed my life, became the chair of the theater department at Eastern Illinois University in downstate … Continue reading

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The Countess Somebody from Italy

I was thinking about skin cancer last night (I have it). And sunscreen. And that led me to recall my adventure in New York City, in 1984. My play “Going Steady (and Other Fables of the Heart),” opened Off Broadway … Continue reading

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octoberiver

the sun makes jewels of the river and the trees light long, slow fires and wetland pelicans like cottonfields gather and cottonmouths slitherpath to sleep and the turquoise sky like deep dreams and limestone bluffs all shadowpaint seep sweet water … Continue reading

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King Gene

I, in my great unmatched wisdom, declare that the Village of Godfrey has hereby become the Kingdom of Gene. I am King Gene, not to be confused with Mr. Green Jeans or Gwen Stiffy Annie, or Greta What’shername. Make Adoration … Continue reading

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