Category Archives: Quirky Stuff

Fly By [quest-narrative-in-progress]

. .. … MacGuffin: the arbitrary goal in a quest narrative. Barely awake from its long hibernation, packed tight: with an ounce of Clyde, the US flag, a postage stamp, and a quarter; the space pod wings towards a dove- … Continue reading

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Devil Wind

I reject the claim that the name Santana originates with the Indian word for devil wind. Based on historical documents, I conclude that the wind is named for the Santa Ana Canyon, in which it originates. Pronunciation as Santana is … Continue reading

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Runaway

I. Hunting season on a dusty path in rattlesnake country. I once felt a bullet breeze past my ear. But today a small child approaches, his blue tie longer than his button-up shirt. The path wells up and a wind … Continue reading

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Simian Crone

Down in the shadows still very still, she labors away Her widow’s hump. Her grizzled pelt. Her chin upon her boney chest. Others frolic, scamper and collide. She pays them no mind, rubbing something so fast her arm blurs. She … Continue reading

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Hers

She came from a northern place— a place with shade, where lakes rest in mountain hollows and moose wade in the shallows under a dragonfly gaze. She didn’t know the desert— where a lake is a turquoise guest drawn by … Continue reading

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Falling Apart Season

On this late spring day I went to the police station to retrieve my stuff (as the AG put it, “Someone came into your house and took your stuff.”) Now that our thief’s in prison I figured he doesn’t need … Continue reading

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Officials Say the Darndest Things!

Remember Kids Say the Darndest Things!? It’s time for Officials Say the Darndest Things! Here are a few to prime the pump. Then it’s your turn. Segment 1: Adverbs Gone Berserk “We do not wittingly collect data on Americans.” – Director … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Buttermilk Cornbread

OK, foodies, here’s one that will clog your arteries! This recipe brought me two “first evers” – first time cooking Southern-style and first time cooking with buttermilk. I never heard of assembling bread ingredients in a frying pan and when … Continue reading

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Death, Ownership, and Freedom in America

When will we ever learn? Peter, Paul and Mary have been on my mind. But I remembered it wrong. The lyric is really “When will they ever learn,” with a distancing I find inauthentic. I’m more inclined to wallow in … Continue reading

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leaf music

  Little leaf shines in an ocean of sky shivers ~ twirls ~ and leans ~ to the leaf next to, and next to and on,   which answers in kind while more join along, their dance gentle music for … Continue reading

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Three Women

Three dark-haired women with my daughter’s eyes. Two gaze out from magazines. One has no face. All three were “performing gender,” a devious phrase —“Performing” – but not for them. Being themselves. Being women. Being targets. Being in the spotlight. … Continue reading

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Transmogrified

Cracking through Jen’s  crème brule reminds her of children, small and quick, gone in the wink of an eye when the Spring ice failed. “Mmmmm, delicious!” Were there three of them? Or only one? Past time now to smile and … Continue reading

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Interstices

    We glide towards the future on a gossamer web and trace its clinging artifacts: a drop of rain, a mummy, a leaf. Never fear, the spider waits.         (Image from http://www.photographyblogger.net/12-beautiful-spider-web-photos/)

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Feel like a dried out husk?

Walking in the yard I noticed an oddly shaped twig. Looking up, there were a bunch of them, the leftovers of lilies. The beauty of this husk could be a metaphor for  aging.

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Morning in a Wyoming Meadow

One morning you are walking down a dusty little path in the pine forest of Wyoming. On your right is an old pine tree. You once watched a porcupine snooze in its branches. You pass through a wire gate into … Continue reading

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Sunshine Barusch 10/29/1997 – 6/26/2011

Born into a two-puppy litter in Salt Lake City, Sunshine Barusch left her loving family on a sunny Saturday in June after suffering from the chronic problems of age: arthritis, loss of hearing, partial loss of sight, lack of balance, … Continue reading

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Life in America: The GE Man

Ed’s worked for the company for 31 years, and figures he’s done pretty well for himself. Once in a mall he met a kid he’d gone to high school with. This kid was the big man on campus played football, … Continue reading

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Life in America: Bus Service

I read in the paper about a bunch of families in a school district that was strapped for cash. The district decided they wouldn’t provide bus service to anyone within 1.5 miles of the school. Imagine a child walking 1.5 … Continue reading

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I Want a Mohawk

Mary’s Beauty Shop had a door with little bells that tinkled when you walked in. It smelled of perfume and bleach. Wiping her hands on a towel, a big lady with big hair and high heels greeted us. The ones … Continue reading

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From a Grave Stone in Pompei

“Julia Saturnina. 45 years. Wonderful wife. Excellent physician. Most blameless woman. May the earth rest lightly upon her.”

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