• When The Sneezes Came

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    Tonight I am nursing a mildly sore throat and a runny nose after a day of sneezing here and there. I was fine when I got up, but early on I sneezed once. And then once I got to work, early in the day, I sneezed three times in rapid succession. And not more...

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    I Almost Cried

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    "On the verge"

    Tonight it rained, and while she didn’t look a day older, my sister turned a calendar year over, welcoming a new number to the sum symbol of her years, and she still acted the same, strong and confident and concerned and striving, happy and thoughtful and mostly content. The cats yawned when I came...

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    Writing Is Fighting

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    After the whirlwind Wisconsin trip this weekend, I enjoyed going to the third class of Gish’s Short Story writing workshop. The more time I spend around him in that class, the more I realize how little I know about so many aspects of writing, and particularly in its technical dimensions. Gish is great at...

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    The Beginning of the End: Milwaukee

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    Crying Girl (1964), Roy Lichtenstein

    The beginning of the end of this weekend’s quick trip began at 4 AM Milwaukee time this morning, which I think calculates to 2 AM last week Albuquerque time. Scott and I stayed at a hotel by the airport, so I was in the airport by 4:35, but I still cut it close to...

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    A Quick Trip: Milwaukee

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    My brother had warned me: one of his company’s owners was making two tickets to the Cub-Brewers game today available last Wednesday through a drawing. If he won them by chance, we had a decision to make. And on Wednesday, he called me- he had won the tickets. I looked into airfare prices on...

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    Starting A Story

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    For the short story class I am in, part of our work obligation is the expectation that each student will write a short story during the month’s class time. We meet together for four weeks and read an acclaimed story each week and talk about it, and we talk about what goes into creating...

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    Gotta Have The Magic

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    Two weekends ago, the Cubs played their closest challenger to the National League Central division crown, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a weekend series at home in Chicago. The weekend began and ended with no changes in the Cubs’ win column, and at the end of it, Milwaukee was three games closer to taking the...

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    Cosmic Vacuum

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    When I was younger, I wanted to be a preacher. I think I loved people pretty well back then, for the most part. I didn’t expect a lot from others. I didn’t demand a lot from them. I had a decent policy of “care, don’t compare.” You can’t love well if you spend your...

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    The Unmechanic Fixes: A Blinker Unit

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    MacGruber Temp Fix: Plastic Fork Wedges

    Tonight was another enjoyable adventure in auto repairs, the Unmechanical Way. I mentioned in an earlier post that when I had driven up to check out Monument Valley in early August, I was driving on a rutted road in some back country around the park when I got out of my truck to take...

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    Herbert and Hillerman

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    After about two months of listening to the audio book while I drove to and from work and out about twon and on a few day trips, I finally finished one of the more hefty- and meaty- books I’ve read in a long time. “Dune” by Frank Herbert is considered by some to be...

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