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Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:00 am

Disclosing the secrets of the game — and the most important rule of all

Eleven million people play online poker; 10,999,999 of ’em win, usually $2,000 each. No doubt you know one of the 10,999,999 — Uncle Bob’s strange friend wh
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 12:00 am

This game’s over so, why argue with Frankie?

Harry Jacobs watched from his window as the February snow drifted in his neighbor’s driveway, most of it under the basketball backboard bolted to the roof over the gara
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 12:00 am

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. 2, 2006 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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


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