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Month: October 2018

Senior-citizen discount

Lucy liked bad music, had a dog everyone but her could smell, and owned her own fixer-upper in and up-and-coming neighborhood south of the university. She’d had three different last names other than her maiden name. Various forms of narcissism and/or alcoholism marked her former husbands with whom she had…

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The back window

Everyday toward 5 p.m., I sat at the back window of my spartan apartment at 823 E. 42nd Street and stared down the line of fence that separated the backyards on the adjacent streets. The scene was always dark green, the weed trees and oaks and hickories shading the yards…

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bioStories publishes “Disappearance.”

bioStories is a serious, professional, and highly regarded literary magazine. They have published my creative nonfiction essay, “Disappearance,” in their current edition. “Disappearance” occurs at the intersection of hard work, social class, racial animus, misogyny, and redemption. I hope you will take a few minutes to read the essay on the bioStories website.…

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Meditation on family

Family relations have always been difficult for me. My immediate family is not close. When mom and dad moved out of Kansas City in 1983, we all went our separate ways. I remember I felt a kind of relief. No longer were these people around to hold me back, tell…

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