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Winter Friend

Winter is near.  I saw a field mouse, except he was in no field, he was running across the sidewalk and hid under a bush as I walked by.  I wish him luck as he tries to get into the auditorium before the winter snows.  Somehow,...

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Anticipation—Age Two

When he was two, seated in the antique highchair, he might have fallen, taking a dangerous crash. But Auntie was quick to catch him. No one yet knew he could kick himself backward from the breakfast table. Earlier, Auntie drew...

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Spinning

Spinning A mile away, the car flipped over and over, appearing as a large red thrown object, hitting, bouncing from road into the median. Instinctively, I slowed my car, foot leaving the gas pedal until I was coasting. Brake...

Spinning

Spinning A mile away, the car flipped over and over, appearing as a large red thrown object, hitting, bouncing from road into the median. Instinctively, I slowed my car, foot leaving the gas pedal until I was coasting. Brake...

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In Concert

Marie’s hands skipped across the black and white keys, spinning the staccato tones of Balakirev’s “Islamej” for a spellbound audience. Years ago, musicians had called Balakirev’s piece the “unplayable fantasy.” Nowadays, things...

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After the Test

I put the phone down, gripped the kitchen sink, and felt my heart shatter somewhere deep inside myself along with so many expectations.  I struggled to make sense of what I had heard.  Words strung together into...

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Life can be a drain

He really didn’t know how long they’d been living down that particular drain. But at least it was east facing; offering eight minutes of luscious sun each morning. More than once he’d spied envy in the eyes of the other...

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Long Run

Before the storm, Philip would frequently get a kick contemplating his situation: a solitary guy who enjoyed living amongst the horde.  Long-distance running seemed more akin to Philip’s nature.  And as close to...

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The New Owners

They surveyed the landscape from above. It was prime property for development. There was only one problem. It was occupied already and the current tenants would have to be removed. Of course, there was the heavy-handed approach...

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