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I refused to walk down the trail leading to the rope bridge which I knew was precariously spanning the churning river.

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This time the hunter did not tell me, “Don’t flap your gums talking about stuff you don’t know nothing about.”

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The house is painfully quiet.

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Lenny dances about when making music, face animated, arms and legs loose for that’s how music moves right on through him. “Suess” has a greater stillness.

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Shelves stacked with jars of peanut butter at Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly are as good a place as any to find the sweet and poignant dreams of youth.

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My childhood as an “army brat” normalized the rituals associated with authority and respect. 

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Lee Ann Hansen, waitress at Charlie’s Place in Hanover, doesn’t abide much with people who judge others by how they look or where they’re from.

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I have never met a dog who grumbled about old age.

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My mother found liberation from the melancholy which hovered over her layered poetic soul through her writing.

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Shhhhh… Listen.

Through the rat-tat-tat we can still hear a sweet call. Through the violence of gunshots raining on the innocent which plays again and again across the news, we hear a call. In the faces of the slaughtered innocents, we …

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We were strangers when we met. 

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At 10:30 in the evening I took my roasted “righteous” chicken from the oven.

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