Category Archives: writing

One decision of many

Our lives become a summary of our decisions: the actions we take (or don’t take) that make us who we are. Continue reading

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All of us

How many selves do we get? Continue reading

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Poem to celebrate an open PO

On the last day before I went back to work I lay on the sofa with my shirt off and the morning sun coming in, playing a record, burning incense, reading poetry. All I had left was to clean the … Continue reading

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Wit’s End, Washington

In the mornings it’s so dark I just lay in the den watching constellations and listening to the clocks tick, thinking any day now I’ll start work. I read about portmanteau words like brunch, Brexit, and Microsoft. The word psionics, … Continue reading

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The origin of the word ‘souvenir’

I removed all evidence of Halloween except for the jolly jack o’ lantern with the little electric light. It had no amount of malice, like a kid’s happy face before they’ve learned how to sneer. I left the large plastic … Continue reading

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Your Mom’s Ashes

Lily and her friends have formed a band called Your Mom’s Ashes, but spell it in a way that bastardizes the your and ignores the possessive for the mom’s. The four of them circle our property looking creatively blocked, needing … Continue reading

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Lucky man

Another dream where I’m outside the building where I used to work but my badge won’t let me in because I’ve been fired. I took my mom to one of my favorite restaurants but began choking on an olive pit … Continue reading

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