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While passively paying my penance in graduate school for teaching with the temporary certification that I had earned after four years of “study” I...

Moa Less, More or Less

*/ If you go deep into the Hobbitland now known as New Zealand and listen carefully, you might hear the deep resonant howl from the wildly elongated...

Debating Waves

After spending 54 consecutive years in a school of some sort, first as a student and then as a teacher, I've raised my hand a lot and have called...

My Corona

I've upgraded from coffin to coughing but still feeling under par which is much better than my golf game. If I'm in China now, I'm quarantined. I had...
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Sing Singing the Blues

The world is always moving. We become so used to planetary rotation and revolution that only rarely do we become aware of our personal world moving...
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Spring Panic Shop

March 12, 2020 was a wonderful day to panic shop. Since the 13th would fall on a Friday, nobody wanted to take THAT risk when it came time to break...

Buxom Beauty

Last night at a 64th birthday party, I heard Susan complaining to her husband (Matt) about her perception that Matt was oblivious to her and never...

Refrigerator Hum

Earlier in the conversation before arriving on the subject of masculine insensitivity, the subject of refrigerators had been the focus of discussion...

An Immodest Proposal

Phillip one of my great friend on Facebook suggested that "washing our hands" was not enough and more stringent applications of social separation...

Sunken Galleons

Imagine a fleet of sunken galleons stretching along the bottom of the ocean as far as the eye can see. Each galleon is loaded with diamonds. You've...

After Concluding The Plague

Not only do we have an opportunity to explore the treasures of our own submerged galleons but we have time to appreciate and collect the diamonds of...

The Joy of Breathing

I can breathe without a rattle for the first time in twenty days It's so easy to take breathng for granted as it becomes something that we can not...

Writing and Drumming

I'm not a drummer although I consider myself to be one because I was one once upon a time. Here's the thing though, a drummer's got to drum and since...
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Letter to Corona

Scientists measure the spread of an epidemic by a number called R0, or “R naught.” That number is calculated this way: for every person who develops...
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Story of the week

Bang Bang Thank You Ma'am

Tuesday afternoons have been special times for Lynn and me since we moved down South. We visit the mall town of Birkdale and go to a matinee then we...
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Final Fudge as Birkdale Becomes a Ghost

Birkdale is described as a village. I went to college in a village so I've always enjoyed the village vibe particularly the Main Street. If It wasn't...
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Wowsky

When I imagine pandemics past, the sky is like granite with howling winds drizzling rain and catcreeping fog. Today we are in the latest pandemic...

Misfire

The outstanding recurrent mechanism within my dreams has to do with my camera. Like all of us, my dreams are overloaded with spectacular vistas,...
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That reminds me........

“That reminds me…..”is the great mechanism that fires up many a story from our story tellers and from those of us who turn the reminder into words...
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Ready everybody, Filler Up

Well, this whole thing is real after all. I got my author's copy sent to me yesterday. Yup there's something magical about getting the publication in...

A Good Walk Ruined

Golf has been described as a good walk ruined. Golf has three basic difficulties; 1) hitting the ball 2) finding the ball after you've hit it and 3)...

Groomin' in Progress

Let’s go back five million years or so to the moment when the first alpha monkey learned to voluntarily contract the small muscles at the base of his...

Old Betsy

Let's get back to the present for a moment. I went down cellar and grabbed our family heirloom, an ancient rifle called Ol Betsy. Supposedly Ol Betsy...

Slobs Clobberin' Sobs

Okkay, this is the third part of the Groomin series and would be indecipherable withouththe preceding parts. This idea just keeps growing in my imagination during this pandemic and it's taken control over my typing. It keeps making progress and could go all the way......but let's stop here for today to either go forward or to go back and catch up.

Laff Without a Preposition

Along with the Hubbs who did the hunting so that Sobbs could cook for the Slobbs and Bobbs who did not yet have Jobbs and were thus part of the Mobb...

Farbs and Fobbles

Laffs caught on quickly with the Slobbs and the Bobbs. They took a little longer to catch on with the Hobbs and Hubbs. The Sobbs were the first of...

No Picnic For Kibbs and Wobbs

Although most meals were consumed outdoors, life was no picnic for the females....the Wobbs. For millions of years the Wobb simply cowered in front...

Easter Tears With Genesee Johnny

When Genesee Johnny was a young whippersnapper, he kept signing up for my classes. He took all of my electives including Creative Writing which he...
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The First Written Words

Snobbs increased the awareness of Clabb which fostered increased competition, jealousy, contempt, envy as the Wobbs tried to emulate the Sobbs, the...

I'm Gonna Be Rich, Rich I tell you

It's such a simple idea. Every time I go to the card section I see a plethora of birthday cards. Having assisted in several births, I am very aware...

Progression (The First written words)

Let’s go back five million years or so to the moment when the first alpha monkey learned to voluntarily contract the small muscles at the base of his...

Wordsmith Wife

Because we duel on a daily basis I have come to appreciate my wife as a wordsmith and phrasemaker particularly when she avoids profanity when...

Reverential Reading

Lots of reading before during the pandemic...... Last December, I started to get re-interested in Camus so I read The Plague. Wow. In January, I...
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Lysol Under Black Light in the Cellar

We had a black light gimmick going in the cellar. It made our ruined teeth look white. We were all smashed on Genesee Cream ale when somebody lit up...

Learn To Love Your Mask

At first blush, I embraced the idea of mask wearing but with the added innovation of wearing Halloween masks instead of surgical masks as the country...

Happy Hair

On the bright side of all this darkness stands my hair. Usually by this time, Lynn has chopped it all off in what we call the "insane asylum" look...

Distance Further than six feet

The distance is much further than six feet between us as we wallow through Wal-Mart...masked and masquerading or maybe it's only me who's hiding from...
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Flyweight Dream of Silk

Smitty was a flyweight with dreams of becoming a middleweight. He had made his way out of the Black Bottom of Detroit into Harlem but far from Duke...

Quarantine Cut

Right off the top of my head, I want to discuss a matter that is near and dear to me; my hair. Although bald is now in fashion, I consider myself...

So Long Richard

Twenty years ago, we had the pleasure of seeing Little Richard at the Highland Bowl. His band had taken the stage and everybody was waiting for...

Birkdale Awakens

Even though the contagion continues to increase throughout the South, North Carolina rescinded our stay at home order. We decided to take a short...
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Eternal Reward

My oldest former students are approaching 70. My youngest former students are turning 30. I am in touch with many of them on Facebook. I am in touch...
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On A Loss Of Balance

I'm old and I've lost my sense of balance. I tend to forget that I'm old until that moment when having lost my sense of balance, I lose my actual...

On the Couch Beneath the Waves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MDiZZsgMcI&list=PL0jp-uZ7a4g9sB9aKc954gRHxjYhBpUSf&index=11&t=0s Back in January, when the Roku aquarium...

Books in the Background

Yesterday I heard someone complaining about liberal know it alls who always make sure to have books in the background when they skype on teevee. The...
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Fern is fine

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. George Fern felt fine. His feeling of fineness was not dampened in the least by the sobering...
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Johari Windows

Everybody knows about Joe and Harry, right? Phil Andreano, one of my mentors told me about Joe and Harry and the Johari windows. Seems that Joe and...
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Calling Crayon

Mark Crayon had several outstanding abilities. Mark was an excellent brainstormer. He was an idea generator with a profound ability to defer...

200,000 milestone review

Yesterday when I was off line, I reached a milestone. 200,000 reads. Thanks you all and particular thanks go out to the 16 who have read almost...
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Mandella Man

The Mandella effect is a syndrome in which a large mass of people believe an event occurred when it didn't. Every time I see a clip of JFK arriving...
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The Courage to Linger

Is there a more resplendent cadaver Than the magnolia transpired on the vine? Still sprouting fading plumage In the easy Ellington elegance Of pod...
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Prior to embracing Ambiguity

I remember a time before I decided to embrace ambiguity and make it my life work that I felt a weird sense of relief that Albert Einstein had come up...

Smartfellas

Remember Goodfellas, the scene with Joe Pesci, as Tommy, terrifying Ray Liotta as Henry Hill? "But I'm funny, how? Funny like a clown? I amuse you? I...

Twine Time and Suzie

Shotgun Shoot 'em 'fore he run, now Do the jerk, baby Do the jerk, now Yeah! Put on yo' high-heel shoes I said, we goin' down here An listen to 'em...

The Sudden Sweet Death of Jimmy Doyle

His last name Delaney wasn't Irish enough for James and neither for that matter was his first name. He changed his name to something that sounded...
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A Blizzard of Joan in Carolina Heat

In North Carolina It's already 90 degrees. it's not even noon. I need to cool off. Throw on some Miles Davis. Birth of the cool. Think back twenty...

Space Junk Fever

I have a dear friend who was born on the day that Sputnik first orbitted the earth in 1957. She was born. We were afraid. I remember the excitement...

Ups and Downs of Retirement

Whereas before his retirement from his Wonder Bread delivery truck on its seemingly endless route, George Fern had the semi-attractive appearance of...

Master Baiter

If Shawn Shannon wasn't the biggest pain in the ass pupil I ever encounterred he was, as they say, amongst them. Shawn was passive agressive and...
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Hollywood Boulevard......A Ghost Between Stars

It was my first walk on Hollywood Boulevard as I passed Grauman's Chinese Theatere. Enter the Dragon was on the marquee. I remember thinking how...

Drum Dream

Music was my final merit badge. I decided that my attempt to trail the Eagle was running out of enthusiasm. I quit Boy Scouts the same day that I...
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Shooting The Engineer

I keep shooting the engineer. He laughs and pulls his bullet ridden body off the linoleum tiles and says, "one more shot". When I paginated my...
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Wild Pair

He was a real prince of a guy, misunderstood yeah but occasionally appreciated especially at the Wild Pair. When Marketplace Mall first opened, it...
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Ain't Virgil's Theory (Ghostwritten)

Virgil Kane ain't my name but it's close enough. Ya see, Kane wasn't the only one hungry and barely alive after Richmond fell in the winter of '65. I...
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Petrified Pioneer

Funny how the circle comes around. Once again, my age group is at risk while we await a serum. This all happened before, when I was a child........
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Band-Aids and Bayonets

A hundred years ago, the Johnsons stole an idea from one of their employees who had a temporary solution to the problem caused by his wife...

Step-Father Complex Sentence

On this Father's Day, I celebrate 44 years of being a father and a step father. Aside from the issues of blood and stereotype, there's not a lot of...

Under and Above Village Influence (Oh Yeah)

I've been digging some jazz lately on record, on tube, on Spotify and in person. I got my first taste of jazz in Greenwich Village in the sixties...

More Oh Yeah

Yeah If jazz contains spontaneous composition that encourages the closing of eyes, well I may not be as far off as I thought. The question is at what...

Activating Adrien

Everybody is looking to learn something. Some people are searching to learn everything. To those searching for everything, I have this advice. Start...

L'eau Sous Le Pont (Water Under the Bridge)

I was very poor in French in high school so I decided to make the most of my ultralimited French vocabulary by inserting everything I recalled into one story. Inspired by Insertponcyfrench and inspirational lock down.
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French to Me Part One: The Breakers.

The last time that I saw Les Eleves was when I passed our broken classroom. Les Eleves was sitting at the desk, looking forlornly at the dark clouds...

French to Me Deux ( Lay Zay Lev)

We knew one another. We knew how to break. We all knew that Toddler was a sleeper so we slept. Out and out, passive aggressive sleeping was the...
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Three Men and a Ghost

Very rarely have I been "scared" at a movie. I'm good at suspending disbelief and I have an active sense of empathy yet I'm always aware that I'm...
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Three Feet and Three images

During my first law class in graduate school. our teacher made this point about legal, individual rights. "I have the right to swing my fist until my...

French to Me Part Three....Weapons and Vulnerabilities

We had several reliable weapons in our arsenal of ball breaking. Let me describe some of them. 1) Cupping.....curve your hand into a cup and then...
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Food for Thought

When I sat down to type this morning, food was the last thing on my mind as I had already consumed my breakfast, the same breakfast that I have every...

Father Farr

Father Phineas Farr was a small man with a large whistle. Somewhere he had learned the art of the little finger pull the lips apart, stretch out the...

Porches, Cats and Covid Oh My

In our neighborhood we have a cat that roams around the block . We see much more of the cat than we do of the people who own the cat. After six...

The Best I Can Do While Lost

Before we armed our vehicles with dashboards, speedometers and GPS; distance, location and destination were continually problematic to vehicles...

No More Rootin' for Seymour

Me and the first wife, we bought ourselves a little piglet. We brought it back to our place. We put the piglet in a horse stall. We went up to the...
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Walking Down Serenity Street in July

If you're gonna walk down Serenity Street in July, you better start early before the heat arrives. I was on such an early walk as I passed a braid...

The Wasp Woman, The King and the Dwarf.

When truth is stranger than fiction, it becomes difficult to know where to start so let's begin with the cryptic. Once upon a time....... Down the...

A Comfort on the Way to Hell

One afternoon under a cerulean sky, my wife surprised me with an offhand comment when she said, "I'm going to hell." She didn't seem particularly...
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Baseball 2020 (Love is Strange)

I've loved baseball for 65 years. Strangely, I didn't miss it when Covid eliminated the first three and a half months of play. The game returned a...
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Seven Hundred and Counting

Is the mike on? (tap tap) Let me adjust it.....okay that's good. Can you hear me? Is the light on? We recording? Lights on.....mike works....gonna...

Radar Readar Reader

Take out your radar guns and stop watches. We're about to discuss baseball, speed and reading. If you wanna be a major league batter, you need to be...

A Missing Youth

Plaid waves without the wailing, motor boat sailing, water circles weaving, summer starts to fall, the laughing love we cry for, the living lights we...

Petting Yeti

You never know what's gonna happen when you're searching for furnace filters in a Home Depot moments after stepping out of the furnace that is...
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FLASH-BANG in the Blue

75 years ago yesterday, my father was a GI stationed in Manilla. He was preparing for the land invasion of Japan that would never happen. The baby...

Kinky Brainwash

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Brides and Grooms....Husbands, Wives and an Aardvark

I love the English language. I asssume this love affair is what propelled me into my career as an English teacher. Makes sense to me. Two words...
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A Human Response

In my very first year of teaching back in '68, i was shutting a classroom window when somehow I cut my hand. I didn't want to look at my wound...
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Filler Up With Rosebuds

What would our lives look like if we eliminated all of the filler that we've forgotten anyways...all those times when we were busy doin' nuthin yet...

Gladys Judges Elvis Etc

The world went into mourning on August 16, 1977 when we learned about the death of Elvis. A couple of months before Elvis appeared at our Rochester...

Back to More Perfecter Normal

Today, a summer rain has fallen in Vermillion. Lynn walks with her friend Peggy on Friday mornings but not this Friday,,,,,not today. Too much rain...
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Learn More or Ignore On the Row

One of the most influential albums of the twentieth century is Highway 61 Revisited recorded in 1965 by Bob Dylan. Many of us, including Dylan were...

Post Conventions Post

Real quick. Here's the deal. No Democrat has won a majority of the white vote since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Kamala Harris isn't gonna bring in a lot...
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Systems Real Quick

Real Quick all isms are systems all systems begin with an idea Nobody's born capitalist communist Buddhist fascist feminist sexist feminist hedonist...

Lifesaver

Bad ideas? I've had more than my share. Some of them became actions which have turned into attitudes, fears and biases. Here's my recollection of a...
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Claudia and the Cut Throat

I’m no fisherman but I have a fish story. The story takes place in the mountains of Montana, the last of the big time splendours. My companions were...

The Best Cell in the dungeon

We were at a restaurant awhile back. I was impressed as I always am by the politeness of our waiter. I started wondering what it would be like if that "politeness" were extended in an area of exceedingly less ambience. I recalled a scene from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein when Victor finds himself in the presence of a magistrate in Ireland. From that inspiration point on, the best cell began to write itself
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Remembering Secretariat at Belmont

T'was twenty hours before I observed a primeval, confrontational force of nature appear at precisely the right juncture in my adult development arise...

Dusk of Another 25 Hour Night

A few years ago, the United States sent a mechanism to Mars. The landing was perfect but something went wrong with communications. We never received any signals back from the machine. I tried to imagine what was going on with that mechanism and realized it had a lot to do with the fears that most of us have....alone.....not doing the job......self-disappointed......misunderstood....far, far from home....not as good as we thought we were etc.
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20 Cartoons Not Downtown

Once upon a time, Downtown Rochester was a wonderland. We had first run distributor theaters like the Loew's, The RKO Palace and the Paramount. We...
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A Six Pack of Beer

A six pack of beer is a wondrous commodity The amount is balanced to preserve soberiety. When you learn to pace When we were young and hated the...
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Knockouts and Knockdowns

After Gene Fullmer outpointed Sugar Ray Robison in their first fight, Gene was favored to win the rematch. He was ahead in that fight entering the...
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To Unfreeze In The Future

Saturday night, twenty years past. I was on the couch filling time in the cave when my daughter Mary came down to join me. Mary was eight years old...

Mahoney's Office

I was shocked if not surprised at the death of Mahoney. I learned about it last week. The last time I saw him, he didn't look good although he was always too closely resembling (in his own words) either a "young Peter Lorre or an old Orson Welles". One thing he had was a hand that was perfect for holding a glass of beer no matter what size. We used to drink together when we were young and have the most confounding of conversations which always made sense to us but were threatening/infuriating/hilarious to others. I dug his massive vocabulary and he dug mine. We didn't get a chance to use them as much as we would have liked, so when we got together, we jazzed it up. We often talked of baked otters and black out shades and redundant ethnic quips. I've been trying for the last couple of days to write something about Mahoney when I came to inspiration point and tried to imagine the kind of conversation/ observation/dissertationwe would have shared on the available topic had we had another chance to kick it around and chop it up. I'm gonna name this "piece" Mahoney's Office after him and bid my bud adieu.