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This is where you will find short stories, personal essays, and guest posts.  Family and friends and the ordinary business of life are the inspiration for this section.

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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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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Off The Bus

Off The Bus

 you’re either on the bus or off the bus                                             Ken Kesey Back when I was in high school more than a half-century ago, I was chosen to participate in a contest sponsored by Bank of America. About twenty or so high school students...

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Book Review – Came A Horseman by Paul McHugh

Book Review – Came A Horseman by Paul McHugh

 NOTE:  This book is available at the Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino and at all fine book outlets Paul McHugh’s latest novel, Came A Horseman, is set on the north coast of California.  This makes the novel of particular interest to us at Think in the Morning as that...

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Short Fiction – The Test

Short Fiction – The Test

  I have been taking the test for some time now. I’m not sure how long or how much time is left.  Some of the problems are easy.  I breeze right through them.  Others take what seems like forever to sort out. There are others taking the test with me.  It is...

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The Phoenix Myth

The Phoenix Myth

 History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.  Mark Twain Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief...

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Poem by Think in the Morning – Hummingbird

Poem by Think in the Morning – Hummingbird

 Hummingbird?  Is that you?I thought I heardThe beating of your wingsOut on the bough of hollyWhere the Robin sings.You have been to the oceanAnd back. As I can seeFrom the way you bob your headTo and froYou have gathered the flotsam and jetsam of lifeAnd are flitting...

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Poem by Think in the Morning – Sloth

Poem by Think in the Morning – Sloth

 It is a giant slothFrom the Montana wetlandsWhose Siberian ice mask melted.Nothing but another dinosaurResurrected by the enthusiasmOf funny little scientistsCompelled to work. Displayed in the museumMunching along between these giant lobsters and sharksHe looks...

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