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dream sequence – part 76

I was standing at the bar, since I didn’t plan to stay for very long. I ordered a bright pink cosmo and sipped it slowly. You arrived shortly after I did but didn’t notice me. You seemed flustered, agitated, and … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 75

Another recurring theme in my dreams is the inability to find my car in a crowded parking lot. This has only happened a handful of times in real life, as suburban living usually allows for more reasonably sized parking lots, … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 74

Despite being routinely punctual in real life, I have quite a few dreams about running late for one reason or another and rushing to get some place with increasing urgency and increasingly frustrating results. This morning I had another such … Continue reading

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the problem of pain

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, I struggled with migraines and what were nebulously described as cluster headaches. The pattern went like this: I would have a mild headache most of the time for weeks or months, punctuated by intense, … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 73

In the dream, I was watching a hockey game between some local kids who had managed to get some ice time. Truth be told, I’m not much of a hockey fan, but it seemed that my brothers were playing, and … Continue reading

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first thought, best thought

The phrase “First thought, best thought” originated with Allen Ginsberg, but Jack Kerouac popularized it in his essay Essentials of Spontaneous Prose and illustrated the approach in his epic novel “On the Road“. Popular myth holds that the original manuscript … Continue reading

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how a haiku is made

Haiku might not be as tasty as sausage, but at least you’ll recognize all — or at least most — of the ingredients. I’ve been writing haiku for over 25 years now, and I find that I’m writing more, and at a much more … Continue reading

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