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Curse Lifted

The curse that shaped the life of my grandmother, the lives of my mother and her brother, the life of my brother, and my own life, has finally been lifted.…

Underlying Problem

I walk to town most every day rather than drive my truck for the same reason I decided in 1967 to create a life for myself independent of automobiles, something…

Finishing Things

In his famous essay on parenting, Punishment Versus Discipline, Bruno Bettelheim wrote that children do what their parents do, not what their parents say to do. My father, a psychiatrist…

Off The Map

Marcia and I are on the two-movies-a-month plan from Netflix, and many of the movies we watch are foreign films and documentaries.…

Ida’s Place—Book 1

About a year ago I began writing a novel entitled Ida’s Place—Book One: Return, the first of what I intend to be at least a trio of connected novels. My…

The New Yorker

When I was in my twenties I sent dozens of my short stories to The New Yorker with no success, and when I was in my early thirties, after my…

How Much Do You Love Him?

How Much Do You Love Him?

Our cat Django is a very large and handsome gray cat, or as our veterinarian said politely, “Shall we call him obese?”…

Shakespeare

A year ago we took possession of a spanking new paperback edition of The Oxford Companion To Shakespeare, the large handsome tome coming our way in a manner worthy of…

Self-Loving

I was one of those young writers who, for fun and incentive, once papered the four walls of my rented room (from floor to ceiling) with form rejection letters…

Sad People

Sad People

Tens of thousands of people commit suicide in America every year, but we don’t often hear about those deaths unless the manner of dying is sensational.…

Pomp & Circumstance

Pomp & Circumstance

You might have missed the news, or simply not given a hoot, that Stephen Hawking recently announced there are no black holes. Thus thousands of astronomers, physicists, science teachers, and…

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