Rue de Marchands

 Rue de Marchands I made my fortune selling hot dogsalong the Rue de Marchandsand am left now to...

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

- William Blake

Behind the Locked Door
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Rue de Marchands

Rue de Marchands

 Rue de Marchands I made my fortune selling hot dogsalong the Rue de Marchandsand am left now to squander itamong the fig trees of paradise. I made my fortune selling investmentsalong the boulevardsand am left now to squander itamong the fig trees of...

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Ode To Spring

Ode To Spring

 There have been no new translations from the Sanskrit this week.Philosophy is at a low point.Giant Matilija poppies in the gardenOvergrownHave collapsedThe stems and bloomsForming circlesHollow in the middleWhere silently at sunsetEmptiness waits for a messiah.This...

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Uncle Ned

Uncle Ned

When I was growing up, I attracted the attention of a meddlesome uncle who felt obligated to teach me everything he thought I’d missed from not having my father around.  My parents were divorced and I lived with my mother.  The divorce happened not long after I was...

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The Shell

The Shell

“I think it’s your shell.”“I have a shell?”“Of course, everything does.”“Everything?”“Well, clams, mussels, scallops, abalones, armadillos.”“Have you ever seen an armadillo?”“No, but I’ve read about them.”“That’s hearsay.  You can’t use it.”“Okay, beetles then.  They...

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

 Truth is stranger than fiction.  Mark TwainWhat is the best way to describe a particular life experience?  That is the dilemma I am currently grappling with.  The answer it seems to me depends on what you are trying to accomplish with the description.  Is the purpose...

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Don’t Miss This

Don’t Miss This

 My friend Peter Lit will be reading a few of his new poems this Thursday night (April 15) at a ZOOM author's night sponsored by the Gallery Bookshop.  Here is the LINK TO REGISTER: Three short talks. One great evening! Featured authors: Peter Lit, Suzanne Sherman,...

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The Realm of the Senses

The Realm of the Senses

 Some previous Easter posts are at these linksJesus, Mezcal and the Easter BunnyEaster ThoughtsEaster Thoughts, In Defense of ModerationIn Oaxaca Mexico there is a small mezcaleria started by a couple of young American guys called El Destilado just a block away from...

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How I Learned To Read and Write

How I Learned To Read and Write

 In my old age I started to write, first a blog then a novel.  I'm asked from time to time how someone who ran a restaurant and later worked as an independent financial planner ended up writing.  The answer is easy.  I learned to love reading and writing years ago as...

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Has Amerika Lost Its Mojo?

Has Amerika Lost Its Mojo?

  It's not surprising that a country founded on genocide toward native peoples, an economy founded on slavery, a culture permeated with religious differences and the usual rich-poor divide not to mention the racism endemic to the human race should find a few cracks in...

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

 “Oh, God! Don’t you get your priorities straight when this sort of thing happens?”    from my novel Behind The Locked Door  When I wrote my novel I never dreamed I’d be living it all over again.  Yet, here I am in a similar family situation.  Of course, I’m well...

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Cooking As Therapy

Cooking As Therapy

 Google “cooking as therapy” and you will find 120 million results in half a second.  Recently I’ve been reminded how important cooking has been for me over the years. How many of your best memories are related to food?  I would imagine more than you realize when you...

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Shaking Hands With Your Twin

Shaking Hands With Your Twin

 Maybe he was a raving madman, a fool in search of harmony in a world turned upside down. Sometimes, however, magnificent thoughts could creep into the head of anyone, even a perfect fool.... From Behind The Locked Door There were three umpires discussing how they...

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