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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 10:04 pm

The parking lot’s always full, the patients are overweight, and nobody wants trouble

He was not from here; he was from there. New places made him apprehensive, but it seemed friendly here. The sign outside the building read “Welcome to the Medical Cente...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 10:02 pm

Sister Serene was magic — and my first valentine

The note on Tommie “Snorts” Sullivan’s Christmas card, saying that Sister Mary Serene had recently passed to her reward, surprised me only in that she ...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 12:43 am

Made irrelevant by the Net, Tullius finds refuge as a poet

Before the Internet, before the search engines, Tullius Menard was a person of substantial worth, for he’d memorized most all the facts. ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 11:02 am

Will readers never learn not to trade words with me?

I write stories? Stuff? Sometimes kind folks read the stories and e-mail me. The e-mail is almost always of this nature: “I enjoyed your story. Interesting. Different. ...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005 04:48 am

Over the years I edge up and down and sideways. Lose some. And win some.

Summer 1959. I’ll refine my first-baseman skills here at the semipro level, forget college, and go straight to the major leagues. The old...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 05:56 am

Advice for would-be writers

There’s a small celebrity associated with writing words that find public display; for instance, a few folks have asked me for writing advice. Of course, what they mean ...
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 01:00 am

No one was above suspicion, and that suspicion had to be inclusive

Secrecy was the first order of the Brotherhood, so brothers Harold and Herbert called it Not The Brotherhood. Hob Fadwaddle, the only other “known” m...
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 02:59 pm

Every successful relationship requires compromise

Seven years ago. Cats are OK, as long as one doesn’t humanize them. I believe a cat would make a fine pet if it spent 10 minutes a day doing “frisky ...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 12:51 am

For a cadaver, the best work is a government job

Their business was database development: Ulee Bob Waxon handled the people side, Yanks Avatar did all things technical. As Yanks measured it, he worked 80-hour weeks; Ulee di...


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