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.
Religion isn't always moral. The hurricane emergency in Texas isn't just a natural catastrophe. It is also a moral crucible by which religions are judged and national leaders are held up to the harsh light of their actions. That they are found wanting more often than not is not a new phenomenon. That their followers continue … Continue reading Jesus saves. Moses Invests.
I'm beginning to understand that facebook is not only an evil spouse but a draggy, boozy, hateful floozy that should be divorced posthaste, but my enabling ass keeps hanging on, making excuses for the egregious behavior in the hopes that she will turn herself around, see what she has turned into, make herself into a … Continue reading The psycho girlfriend revisited and the spouse is still a b****
There's a lady in my neighborhood that walks around the block and waves when she sees me I like her in a neighbor way One night, she knocked on the door and I saw her scalp glistening under the porch light and the sweat making little streams down her face and she was carrying several … Continue reading It’s a wonderful life
I saw this sign for a subway line in Manhattan And I remembered a time in life when I was certain that New York was a magical place, full of beautiful people, glamorous restaurants, excitement around the clock And in my small town southern mind, I was sure this Oz was the pinnacle of achievement … Continue reading The train to nowhere
Nearly every white person I know has an opinion on racism. Depending on who you ask, you will get answers all over the map. "Why bring that up? You're just causing trouble!" "This is too big a subject." "I'm not racist." "I'm not racist, but . . . " "I'm definitely not racist. You are … Continue reading A word about racism