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a woman of dignity

An image haunts me—the picture of a beautiful Afghan girl on the cover of Time Magazine with her nose and ears cut off—her crime? —Running away from a husband’s continuous beatings. She’s the role model I’ll follow, not the high-fiving, … Continue reading

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the green man

Beneath a veneer of modernity lie primitive roots—a pagan spirit with foliate head peers out of carvings on churches, abbeys and even cathedrals. Just beneath the surface, the Green Man exists and the people who conjure up the old devil … Continue reading

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more fun

There’s a woman I love, but I can’t have her. Even though I’m completely aware of this fact, I still want her. Her name is Cari Leonard and she teaches Fine Art—when she’s not teaching the stars to shine. Yeah, … Continue reading

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a ghost of my own

Do you ever wonder about older, attractive women who have never married? I think about them all the time because that’s me—I’m one of that tribe. I’m constantly checking my temperature to see if I’m normal. I pal around with … Continue reading

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my muse

Finding your voice as a writer is not just a matter of expressing your personality on paper—it’s discovering who you really are in your deepest heart and seeing the world through that lens. I didn’t always know that and wasted … Continue reading

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the life of the soul

In the words of Stella Adler, life beats down and crushes the soul. That how I’m feeling today—crushed. Someone’s been targeting the mentally handicapped residents of Hope House, a local group home, and assaulting them. I’m Sam Chambers, the detective … Continue reading

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shadows of things to come

The fireplace flames cast strange images on the living room wall. He felt like a denizen in Plato’s Cave, mistaking shadows for real things—except these codons on the printout he was holding in his hands were real, albeit shadows of … Continue reading

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taciturn

Maybe I should do what Yoko Ono suggested—make a tape recording of the Moon and play it when I’m sad—or do what Murke did and collect bits of discarded tape from studio floors—the ones with nothing on them—take them home … Continue reading

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aiming high

My mentor in college told me it’s better to aim high and miss, than aim low and succeed—by the way, that advice doesn’t work with women. When it comes to women, if you’re out of your league—Take it from me—you’re … Continue reading

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painted ladies

I saw a painted lady and I bought her. Before you start thinking the worst, let me tell you,  ‘painted lady’ is a term used for Victorian or Edwardian houses painted in three or more bright colors. My adventure with … Continue reading

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just desserts

“You spend more time with that ghost, Cyn, than you do with me.” “Oh please, Martin—you know that’s not true. Besides, Reggie prefers to be called a spirit—and he claims he’s not into haunting.” “Really? Have you taken a good … Continue reading

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