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Our fearless reader?

Print this articleA long-anticipated book release is sometimes worth the wait. Mark Twain died in 1910. His autobiography was scheduled to appear (by his explicit instructions) a century after his death. Lucky for me, I only had to wait 64 … Continue reading

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Thou shalt not

Print this articleA notice prohibiting smoking while filling one’s gas tank is posted at every service station. It’s a common-sense rule, quite the opposite of the warning on every pillow and mattress declaring, under penalty of law this tag is … Continue reading

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Sedimental journey

Print this articleThe cone-shaped formations at New Mexico’s Tent Rocks National Monument stand tall, having survived an era of great upheaval. Good for them. As I approached the park entrance gate I overheard the employee on duty giving phone instructions … Continue reading

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A tree story

Print this articleThe Irish call them “The Dark Hedges” and perhaps they once resembled hedges when James Stuart’s family first planted 150 beech trees along the avenue leading to their newly constructed 18th-century Gracehill House. Had he been born a … Continue reading

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Too much of this garbage

Print this articleWhen the telephone rang, I listened to my answering machine. A “holiday change of schedule” announcement from my new trash service was being unloaded by a recorded voice. The week before, my old company sent me a letter … Continue reading

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Aisle B watching

Print this articleInstead of pushing a cart with a wonky wheel, I walked over to pick up a handy totable plastic basket. None were in sight. I asked an attendant if she knew where I’d find one. “Not here, somebody … Continue reading

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Adjective deficit disorder

Print this articleIn my neighborhood a house has been boarded up, its grass crispy and uncut, a stubble of weeds longer than a 5 o’clock shadow. The absent owner leaned an enormous piece of plywood against the side of the … Continue reading

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Domestic archaeology

Print this articleJust like that noted Egyptologist, Howard Carter – the one who discovered King Tut’s mummified remains surrounded by a breathtaking array of splendid treasures – except in my case, no treasures. All I’d come noseto- nose with in … Continue reading

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Summer vacation

Print this articleTravel plans blossom suddenly like roses as summer nears. Maybe a camping expedition to the lake come Memorial Day, just a warm up exercise. A national park after that. If the imagination is permitted free rein, soon enough … Continue reading

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Lodging a complaint

Print this articleI pulled into the motel parking lot, shut off my engine, and looked around without stepping out of the truck. From a distance I thought the motel might qualify for a three-star rating. Then after a closer look, … Continue reading

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Airline antics

Print this articleI’d been trying to make my way to London with a woman they’d seated ten rows ahead of me on the opposite side of the plane for our wedding anniversary. That morning the airline informed us that our … Continue reading

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Hidden costs

Print this articleI shut the engine off at the gas pump, but before I could even open the truck door a man who looked like he’d been living close to the knuckle stepped up to my open window and rested … Continue reading

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Star-struck

Print this articleWhile shopping for discounted Christmas items, I overheard a conversation between a customer and a cashier. I should have moved along and minded my own business except the employee started gushing about her kids’ thoughtfulness. They’d bought her … Continue reading

Published in david-feela, March 2017

The hood

Print this articleAfter selling our three-acre rural homestead, complete with barn, pond, and irrigation water, and after moving into a smaller single-story house within the city limits, I received an email from a friend: Welcome to the hood. I’d been … Continue reading

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Fake news

Print this articleAfter the 2016 presidential election results skidded across the internet at my house, I had to wonder what went wrong with those enormous data-driven insights into how the race would play out. The Huffington Post, for example, predicted … Continue reading

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