Audience with Buddha

Now that we've blasted past 1000, let's see if we can get 25 cherries in the next 100 posts on this new collection.

Audience

Who's your audience, Ice? I'm glad I asked. Let's start with you, the current reader. You're here so far and I'm glad you're here. I don't know how...
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Toy Boat

Is a bet a question? My father was always challenging me with bets, usually to get me to work harder or to work at all. I always fell for it. The...
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An Innerview in Response to an Inspiration

Why do I write? I was thinking about co-ordination and confidence. Writing is about the co-ordination of putting letters together that form thoughts...

My Time With the Ring

Since today I'm as young as I'm gonna get, I want to talk about the gift of growing older. I'm an original baby boomer born almost exactly nine...
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Matching Heirloom One

Every child is born into a new family. The family that I was born into had no other children. I was gonna turn out to be either an only child or a...
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Matchless Matchbook (Heirloom 2)

Amidst the dozens of matchbook front covers, top folds (saddles) and back covers neatly adhesed to the pages of the catalogue, there was an ironic...

Heirloom 3...Closing the Catalogue

We never know when we're gonna put away childish things. The last time that I opened the catalogue was the day that I showed Johnny the book. I think...

Matchless Catalogue 3106 SB

Every child is born into a new family. The family that I was born into had no other children. I was gonna turn out to be either an only child or a...

We're Having a Heat Wave

Marilyn Monroe was not popular with the Sisters of Mercy. The Legion of Decency which rated movies according to their "morality" made it a sin to see...
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The Womb and the Wave

I was born in the 20th century and spent at least 55 years there. I was young, enthusiastic and hopeful. By the end of the century I was at my peak...

Drunk, Naked and Enraged

Drunk, naked and enraged...Haylen pointed her gun at Stingray and said "get down on your hands and knees you son of a bitch......." Henri LaPlumer,...

King of Contradiction

"root, root, root for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame" When I first started watching football, the only New York team was the Giants...
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Cherry

Internal Workings

So I have a flat polyp on my colon. It could not be removed during the colonoscopy. My gastroentologist suspected cancer. He sent me to a surgeon...

Rally Round

Cat and Murph taught me to play rally round. We had just got done playing Euchre. During that "game", I had lost my spending money for the week. I...

Rally Round Part Two

You've already taken the first steps towards becoming a teacher of Rally Round. You've played at least two games and won them both. You are beginning...

FromSlaunter to Trudge to Stride

As so often happens, an uptick in technology produces a change in behavior. My new souped up Apple watch which keeps track of everything has arrived...
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Jim Woke Haylen

Haylen was woke by Jim. They had survived several acid trips together with Jim serving as guide, which in alcoholic terms is equivalent to designated...

Am I a Writer?

Am I a writer? I am right now because I'm writing. Do my thousands of stories qualify me as a writer? Right now they do because I'm writing right now...

Waiting

Whole lot of waiting goin' on. A couple days ago, we went to see the Bills play against the Panthers in downtown Charlotte. Neither team has ever won...
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Anniversary Bingo

We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary yesterday. Who knew we would spend it in a senior center walking the indoor track and doing yoga? I guess...

Shaking My Claim

Claiming that I'm good at being married is like a recovering alcoholic saying that he/she is good at not drinking. I was good yesterday and have been...
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Thriving in Tongues

My father in law Tom was a man ahead of his time. He paid the price for that foresight. His ideas had a way of fizzling out just before some other...

Another BangBang Zap Mourning Morning

All change implies loss and all loss required mourning. What does mourning require? Mourning requires remembering. Last week, I lost another friend...
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All That I'm Saying

Damn! I forgot everything that happened before I was born. Apparently, a lot happened. In order to refresh my memory, I read history, watch movies,...
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Safe Place

I was heading to a wedding. I had my trusty Yashica SLR with me. I approached an area that I had passed a hundred times but never before noticed. For...

Well Hello Donald

What me worry? Socrates according to Plato according to Krell described the decline of society just before he was executed....that's Socrates who...
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In and Out of Scarlet Woods

In and Out of the Scarlet Woods Nobody saw them come out of the woods. Nobody saw them enter the woods. Nobody knew what went down in the woods...

The Wisdom of Didion

Inaction is the opposite of action. I have become a man of inaction which begs the question, does writing qualify as action? What is writing anyway;...
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Cherry

Real Time Calm

This is real time. He's heading toward us. We hope to God he isn't heading at us. He already savaged Puerto Rico made his way East and then ripped...
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Summarizing Summaries and Finding Treasure

We forget 90% of what we read within 24 hours. Then over the next week we forget 90% of that 10%. 10 years after reading Moby Dick, we might recall...
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Disputin' Putin

The motivation of Putin's desire to devour Ukraine regardless of cost is perfectly self-evident. The desire is evident to Putin himself and nobody...

Dolby Smile Review

So we headed to the mall to see Smile.. .. Lynn bought tickets for Dolby in advance. When we picked up our ducats, we asked the concessionaire if he...
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Norge

We called him Norge because he resembled a refrigerator topped with a failed pompadour. His real name was George. He kinda just stood there. He was...
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Mr Hyde's Pad

What is a novel? Let's say that a novel is nothing more than a padded short story. Call of the Wild, The Red Pony , Heart of Darkness, The Pearl ,...
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Okay OctoMan

Next week, Joe Biden will turn 80 years old. Congratulations Joe. What a life. A life full of triumph and tragedy and meaningful service to our...
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Okay; I'll help myself

Thank God for all the self help books we read. Who knows where we'd be if we hadn't helped ourselves to those servings. We're a kinder, more...

Familiar Strangers From Empty Lobbies

Who are these strangers Emerging in our dreams? They are the folks we would have met Maybe even should have met Had we taken a more or less Frosty...
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Cherry

Three Shots and a Bump

Lynn and I arrived at the senior center 30 minutes before the beginning of our chair yoga class. Chair yoga takes up half of the gym. Above the gym...
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Cherry

Integrity or Lack of Same

To integrate is the ability to combine components into a single congrous whole. Integration of this nature is only fully achievable in mathematics...

Sunday Afternoon Integrity

Let's face it, millions if not billions of dollars are wagered every Sunday in the NFL. Neither the players nor anyone in the front office are...
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An Audience with Buddha

My search for the wisdom of Buddha had been long and perilous. I finally got my audience in a strange place. The senior center had arranged a field...

Quotation Marks

When I was just a lad of ten and first learning how to write, I had my first collision with quotation marks. I had written something in which I...
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More Quotation Remarks

Every direct quote is something that somebody said. When we identify the speaker and the way in which they spoke, that identification is known as a...

Dialogue Tags (A bluesy conversation between Haylen and Jeremiah)

Sometimes when I listen to blues guitar, I can hear the wordless conversation that is going down and it sounds something like this

A Sigh Of Relief

There was no red wave. I read this as an indication that our country is regaining some semblance of sanity. Perhaps the Dems are out of touch with...
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Cherry

Remember Georgia Smith

Georgia Smith from Middlesboro, Kentucky would be a hundred and one years old today and she would still be obscure even though she was responsible...