BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, the house vibrated with each beat. Jane cocked her head, startled. "What's that noise?" I told her it was a car speaker booming somewhere close. "A CAR SPEAKER!" "WHAT??" I walked out on to the porch and the next door workers were blasting from a truck as they threw trash into the … Continue reading Neighbors are the best people
He kept his eyes averted and fidgeted when he talked but something I said touched something in him because he came alive with words that tumbled out in a halting, insistent rush to tell me a story he had held on to like a talisman for more than thirty years. "I used to be the … Continue reading Interview with a stranger
"I'll never amount to anything." "My whole life has been a failure." "I'm no good at anything." "Screw it. Might as well drink a beer and wait to die." How many times have I had that creepy negative refrain playing in the background of my brain? How many times have I NOT had that … Continue reading Talking to myself, again
Every night now I wake up at 3, 5, and finally, at 7:30 am Of course, at my age, that's not so bad But the reasons for each startled wakefulness vary with the hour but each time has the same feeling of dread the same balloon of anxiety in my stomach, so I turn on … Continue reading National Poetry Day
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So, Im getting a slew of new devices today and the rush of getting new things will be eclipsed by the realization that once I get home with my cool toys, my IQ is going to drop by at least 50 points. This always happens, and I always swear I can figure it out this … Continue reading Modern technology is grand. Until it isnt.