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May 7, 2018

A door flies open; someone storms in; shouting; maybe waving a weapon. People told to freeze; not to move; they're shaking with fear; hearts beating wildly; some crying; threat of death.

One person suddenly moves; charges. 

The act itself; a shock; jaw-dropping.

A violent...

April 30, 2018

First, a confession: I'm a recovering What-Iffer.

I mean there was a time when I was just about paralyzed by my conviction that the unforeseen was inevitable. Not possible. Inevitable. The What-Ifs?

What-If it rains before the first pitch? Why even go to the ballpark? or...

April 23, 2018

My father was an emotional volcano and I was born with the blessing—or curse—of being able to read his mind. 

I knew what he was going to do before he knew what he was going to do; sense his mood; see the sky darkening in the distance, flashes of lightning; hear the thu...

April 16, 2018

Lots of people; so jolly; outbursts of laughter; loud HaHaHa! every few seconds; backslapping; more and more people arriving; hugs; HaHaHa! ice-cubes tinkling; noise-level rising; stranger pops up two inches from my face; never saw the guy before; big grin.

"Hey I'm—nam...

April 9, 2018

 ** This is the second part in a two-part series. Read Part 1 here if you are interested.**

Innocuous day; walking along, minding my own business. Not thinking much about anything. Attention wandering here and there; when I  realize—no red flags; sirens; warnings to tak...

April 2, 2018

I can see the protest marches; public media hopping up and down; drug companies going bananas…familiar response to outrageous claims; like the time those nutjobs said the earth was round; or that the stork had nothing to do with babies.

But bear with me and I'll spill t...

March 26, 2018

Watch the happy, healthy people on the screen and listen to the machine-gun delivery of warnings and disclaimers; if you can hear them over the music. 

Or maybe just read the warnings and disclaimers in the teentsy-weentsy type at the bottom of the screen; if you can sp...

March 19, 2018

Big shock.

I mean, here’s me, one of those dog nuts, eternally committed to my unshakable belief that dogs are the best people, beside myself with joy to learn that we’ve just entered the Year of the Dog, ready to join whatever celebration follows, as soon as I look int...

March 12, 2018

Mary was a tough bird to catch. Point a camera at her and she’d smile, but that wasn’t Mary. I have pictures of Mary sitting, standing; with me; alone; family; here, there; all over the place. But there are only two, really, that I can look at and say; That’s my Mary.

O...

March 5, 2018

First movie I remember was One-Third of a Nation. I must have been around seven. Opening scene was of a New York tenement on fire; fire engines; lots of screaming; flaming people leaping out of windows. I hid under my seat. Why my Mother took me, I'll never know.The mo...

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