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    Random posts and exercise products from a pursuit of the writing life.

    The Tinkerer

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    On the edge of town, near the fallow gulch, the tinkerer walked the row by night, a shadow amidst the moistness and moonbeams, seeking scrap and shard. His eyes strained to find the lost things, the broken items, the discarded debris, marred mementos from better days, from happier hearts, from livelier loves, from healthier...

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    Elmer and Lemmie

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    When Elmer Perch was seven, he and his good ole uncle with a dagger heart forearm tattoo went for a backcountry drive, and then a walk, and his Uncle Lemmie challenged him to a stick throwing contest. Uncle Lemmie was a giant man with a large beer belly, but when he was younger, Lemmie...

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    Holding On and Hanging In

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    Nobody likes to sit in a collapsing house. Or on a plummeting plane. Or over a bankrupted business. Or in a foxhole under fire. That’s why there is “practical thinking.” Good happens, but bad still happens too. You try to plan to alleviate or avoid the bad. But it still happens. Cars crash. Cancer...

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    Late Words

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    It is 11 and the words do not come, denied by drowse and doubt and indifference and fear, some too hot to hoist, the rest too dull to write, the sheet before me a vast white gulf, a deep white crevasse that swallows ideas whole. I can only describe their reticence, which is mine,...

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    The Practical Pulpit

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    One day he preached a sermon, and then the next he looked at his life, and he realized the only lecture he ever wanted to again offer needed to be spoken in the clarity of his actions, in the honesty of his transactions, in the gracefulness of his interactions, in the gentleness of his...

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    Coupon Code

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    “Welcome to Omni Space Adventures, where No Star is Too Far™. My name is Niall. How may I help you today?” His face warped and fuzzed on the view screen. “Yes- hello- are you real?” “Of course. Punch me, and I will bawl my eyes out.” “That is a strange thing to say.” “It...

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    Preoccupied

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    It’s a mountain to climb over- all that I know all that I see all that I owe All that I’m wanting all that I’ve blown all I deserve all that I own All that consumes me all I must say all I must accomplish all I must pay All I belong to all...

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    The Man of Conscience

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    The man of conscience blusters in the forum, child of the chosen ones, inspired and empowered to usher in His holy dominion upon the backs of his constituents, aided by the kindness of lobbyists and the prescience of the preachers. God put these men in office, God put this plan in motion, God put...

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    Psalm of the Solvent

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    Blessed is the man who pays his debts, known and unknown, whose thoughts remain on keeping a clean slate and correct books and remaining daily in good standing and not inviting time in the prison. He lives for more than for what he hungers and submits his wants to his needs, and submits his...

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    What We Want

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    Love doesn’t always give us what we want. It flies from what we wish, what we dream, these radiant visions, and lifts our hopes for the right, the strong, the good, so when the painted picture dries, and perfection stares back at us, in brilliant hues, we see truth, and promise, and clarity. Passion...

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