Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Gettysburg Address

In honor of July 4th, here is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  Stirring, indeed.  I mucked around a bit [in brackets]. “Four score and seven years ago our [mothers and] fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in … Continue reading

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“Renegade” – My Gateway Drug

The plaintive words transport me in time: “Oh Mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law.”*  Apple Valley, Minnesota.  1970s. Nancy was one of my best friends from birth until she moved.  Her family … Continue reading

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“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark”

Here is a poem inspired by a line from Emily Dickinson: “We grow accustomed to the dark.”  The first line is hers, the rest mine. ———————- We grow accustomed to the dark. Slowly over time, the shadows creep. Winding into … Continue reading

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Fein and Dandy

Some time after the birth of my son, I found the first one.  Coarse, errant, longer than the other eyebrow hairs.  I freaked out.  Well, that’s it then – it’s all downhill from here on out.  Ace claims that everything … Continue reading

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America, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Sociopaths

Target shelves Frank Sinatra next to Britney Spears.  Ol’ Blue Eyes getting a posthumous eyeful.  I found myself in the “pop music” section a couple weeks back, ostensibly to research a Rihanna tune. The middle school choir at the Big … Continue reading

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