Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Baptism in LA

This story was part of Towson Unitarian-Universalist Church’s “Turn the Page” service on June 30, 2013. In the summer of 2007, Kristy and I went to visit her brother in Southern California. I’d never been there, so it was really … Continue reading

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The relativity of Art

Entertainment wants to give you what you want. Art wants to give you what you don’t know you want. –David Cronenberg It is not surprising, if we use Cronenberg’s formula, that most cultural artifacts offered to us–be they TV shows, … Continue reading

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Whoops (OSHA Violation!)

Waitresses took the dirty dishes when the meal was over and scraped the remnants into white five-gallon buckets of fermenting half-eaten food-waste and placed those containers next to garbage bags piled high in an obscene altar to Filth that we … Continue reading

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I Wish Men Could Get Pregnant

I wish men could get pregnant because then there wouldn’t be trans-vaginal ultrasounds and slut-shaming and piety about the “sanctity of life” and talk about masturbating fetuses and pharmacists refusing to sell The Pill and legitimate rapes and threats against … Continue reading

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A Nursery Rhyme, Made More Honest

The bear went over the mountain and what do you think he saw? Another mountain, sure, but also the limitless possibilities of a wide-open future fishing for salmon and digging honey from beehives maybe even eating a camper or two … Continue reading

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Waitress

She holds her cigarette like a joint exhales smoke upwards at 45 degrees and leans against the cold brick wall by the kitchen’s back door. Her boyfriend will be drunk by now their kids gone to bed without a real … Continue reading

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when the glow dims

the lightning bug flashed oh-so-briefly in the dark, humid night and drifted too far from the underbrush meeting the windshield of my car at 70 miles per hour yet even with such an impact death was not immediate and he … Continue reading

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