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Fifty More Words

We had all returned to the workplace after over three months away. Most of us had private offices, reducing the risk of infection.“I’m guessing disinfection doesn’t include dusting,” I said, more as an icebreaker than a critique.You grabbed my hand.“Are … Continue reading

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Fifty More Words

My maternal grandfather died in 1946, 13 years before I was born. He and I were setting out folding chairs for my daughter’s wedding in 2007. “Beautiful day for a wedding,” he said. “I’m pleasantly surprised to see you,” I … Continue reading

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Fifty Words

She walked in on me as I was shaving off my beard. Just staring at the mirror, emotionless. Once I was done, she asked why. “No reason,” I replied. “I was just looking for a change.” “You’re leaving, aren’t you?” … Continue reading

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The Great Gig in the Sky

Last week my Dad, Wilfred David Mena, was called up to the Big Leagues at the age of 87. Those who knew him knew of his love for gritty infield play and gutsy inside pitching as well as his disdain … Continue reading

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the unstruck triangle

As is the case with most of my dreams, this one unfolded in fragments, shifting and mutating with no regard for a persistent narrative, nevertheless there was a sense of a beginning and an end, as well as some semblance … Continue reading

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Tuesday morning drive-by

The upside of waking up an hour before dawn is that the Worm Moon was still very visible in the Western sky. Here it is, taken through the screened window of our upstairs bathroom and filtered just enough to render … Continue reading

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Friday morning drive-by

Photo by Mary I’ve gotten into the habit of using my smartphone as a voice recorder and dictating my observations and impressions into it when I drive into work. While I confess to doing some spot-editing in my head before … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 77

I dreamed that I drove alone to a city that reminded me a lot of Albany, NY, where I spent about 3 1/2 years in the early 90s. There was a sprawl of steel and concrete that completely overwhelmed what … Continue reading

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restless night

The overnight forecast called for rain changing to sleet and then to snow some time around the morning commute. I wasn’t overly concerned, as I could opt to work from home if the weather was overly dangerous, but my subconscious … Continue reading

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winter fog

All written in the past 24 hours. You’ll never guess what the weather is like here… winter fog — I listen for my heartbeat winter fog — a crow calls out to itself winter fog — the fragrance of the … Continue reading

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