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Smoothie Operator

My dear friend Earl recently went on a smoothie kick. He claims he has lost weight, his blood pressure is down, his eczema is gone, and he just feels better. What does Earl put in his fancy pants blender? Frozen … Continue reading

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The Old Men and the Sea of Leaves

This was a dreamer day, warm temperatures, golden grass and trees and neon-colored, crackling leaves underfoot, mellow folks dressed in shorts and tee shirts, walking along the river. Farmer Orville and Quilt Queen weren’t home, so I opened the dog … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Memory

November 23, 2017 “A Thanksgiving Memory” Thanksgiving 1973, 4:30 am, and we watched out of our apartment window, snow coming down in buckets. We had got up early to drive the three hundred miles from Chicago to Alton, to my … Continue reading

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nova November

The leaves reign and the rain slashes fueled by snake wind the cold crawling underneath my fingernails chilling my blood nova November remember her pale body pasted wet with leaves and sieves of dust clockwise the cattails chasing their tales … Continue reading

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Viking Hand

My hand surgeon Dr. Calfee told me today I have “Viking Hand,” a condition where the ligaments leading to the fingers thicken until bumps rise up under the skin of the palm. The bumps tighten along the ligaments and curl … Continue reading

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Stand By Me

Actress Heather Lind has joined the growing chorus of women coming forward to tell their stories of sexual harassment. Lind, star of “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” said that she was groped from behind and told a dirty joke, by none other … Continue reading

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The Song of Debra

We walked the narrow Michigan country road between rains, the dog straining at her leash to pull us forward, my friend laughing at her frenzied pet. There was silence filled with words and words filled with silence. It seemed as … Continue reading

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Yesterday

Yesterday, nuthatches swarmed the bird feeder. The dogwood tree seemed to move like an escalator, birds walking upside down in a row. And there were the visiting birds, perching along the electric wires, migraters at a rest stop. Yesterday, I … Continue reading

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Electric Neon Deep Blue

The Genehouse walk today began with but a single step from the house. A splendid Imperial Moth lay, wings extended, in some fallen leaves just below the porch. Its wingspan was three inches across, its coloration mottled yellow and brown. … Continue reading

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Send Me No Power

I am powerless—in more ways than one. I drove to my house to soothe the cat. The electric lines were still down, the house was an oven. I stopped for coffee at the convenience store. The parking lot was full … Continue reading

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