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Rude or Rape?

December 17, 2017

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If you’re a person who complains about everything all the time, then you’re just the boy who cried ‘wolf.’ But if you do it on occasion and about the right reasons, then people listen. — Bryan Cranston At the height of the Vietnam War sit-ins, The New Yorker admonished protesters about using the word “totalitarian” […]

The Old Person in My Wallet

December 10, 2017

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   Several years ago, an old guy got into my mirror. He looks just like me except much older. It’s always a surprise: I walk into the bathroom, expecting to see my 30-year-old self in the glass, and instead I stare into the eyes of an elderly man. He looks, I dunno, like a retired […]

Bucks Up — a short story

November 12, 2017

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    “Good to see you. It’s been too long. What you been up to?” He sipped his drink. “Oh, not much. Same old same old.” “Writing?” “A little. Mostly just enjoying retirement.” “Nice to be bucks up.” He shook his head. “I was up for a time, but I kinda burned through most of […]

83 Problems

September 10, 2017

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Love God and do what you will. — St. Augustine Early in my teens, one afternoon it hit me like a ton of bricks: I really wanted to get involved with girls. It was clear as day, as if someone suddenly had switched on the sun. Within months I had a girlfriend, the first of […]

Buzz Kill — a short story

July 30, 2017

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Nobody can hurt me without my permission. — Gandhi These days, every time I watch a TV drama where the hero hooks up with a young woman and they retire to a bedroom and start undressing and groping, inevitably — invariably — the guy asks, “Are you sure you want to do this?”  The young […]

Pagliacci

July 2, 2017

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Laugh, clown, so the crowd will cheer! Turn your distress and tears into jest, your pain and sobbing into a funny face. — Ruggero Leoncavallo Out of the blue, a friend played for me a famous piece of music, a tragic song about a man trapped in his own anguish. My friend felt deeply touched […]

Letter to Jeff Bezos — a short story

June 18, 2017

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Jeff Bezos is closer than ever to becoming the world’s richest person. — news item “Dear Mr Bezos: I LOVE Amazon! I use it constantly. I grab my friends by the lapels and shake until they agree to join Amazon Prime (the greatest bargain since time began!), and I thank God every night that you […]