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Cycles

Cycles I once sat next to Illinois House speaker Mike Madigan, at an Illinois Arts Council retreat in Galena. He was sitting on a park bench, clad in a madras shirt and Bermuda shorts. I had just finished a run. … Continue reading

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Bloomsday

Bloomsday Leo Bloom, a nondescript, middle-aged man, wanders his city of Dublin on June 16, 1904. He confronts friends, enemies, shopkeepers and bartenders, vendors and grifters. He journeys from eight a.m. to two a.m. the next morning. Hard on his … Continue reading

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Dr. Gene

Dr. Gene Moliere’s wonderful play, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, is a comedy about a conman who poses as a doctor in a small village. He is called in to examine an ailing, comely lass, the family watching as … Continue reading

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The Pale, A Biography

The Pale, A Biography One in three Republicans believe that white people (The Pales) are deliberately being replaced by people of color (The Everybody Elses), via immigration and those godless rainbow-colored liberals. In fact, in the United States, The Pales’ … Continue reading

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Going to the Theater

In the classic 1942 Ernst Lubitsch comedy “To Be or Not to Be,” the great comedian and radio star Jack Benny and the beautiful actress Carole Lombard (she would die in a plane crash days before the film’s opening) play … Continue reading

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Four years ago, I was invited by a teacher at a local Godfrey elementary school to give talks about my Native American artifacts. The teacher visited my house—he had seen my website and knew I had presented artifacts in schools … Continue reading

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Slit

Slit ferocious lightning across the Mississippi River the distant long tree rows look like fogged-in mountain ridges the Missouri River rushing toward the Confluence I walk in a slit of no rain rain on either side the air viscous my … Continue reading

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Bards

Bards My friend Peggy Bevington has died. As with all my departed friends, I keep the name and address and phone number in a book, and soon the dead will outnumber the living. Peggy lived in Chicago’s Hyde Park, devoting … Continue reading

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Finch Ascending, to the Abode of God

Finch Ascending, to the Abode of God I was driving toward my house, signaling to turn into the driveway. The car windows were down. As I waited for an oncoming car to pass, two birds engaged in air combat crashed … Continue reading

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business It has been reported that in the Tennessee legislature scores of pro-Trump lawmakers have been spotted entering the statehouse chambers dressed as humans but slowly morphing into stages of ape-like appearance. Some have shed their clothing altogether and … Continue reading

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