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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.

The Bliss of Absent-Mindedness

  [Click BLUE links for sources and information]   Absence of mind doesn’t mean you are careless or lacking in focus; it just means the mind is meandering through fascinating labyrinths invisible to the open eye.   Vinita Dawra Nangia, Are You Often...

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The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living

  To Live Well You have to take risks   Risk failure Risk looking stupid Risk admitting you haven't got the skills Risk personal embarrassment Risk making mistakes Risk offending people   That's the only way you can learn   To succeed To be smart...

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Wind Lightening Thunder Rain

    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.   Isaiah 11:6   I love watching the weather move in. At its simplest,...

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Short Fiction – Seduction

  Graham made all the arrangements. I was busy with a project. I didn’t even have time for a cursory review let alone the usual detailed preparation we generally put in. B was a famous writer. I knew he was eclectic and lived in Oaxaca. Eclectic isn’t quite...

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Short Fiction – The Argument

  No one remembers how it started. It was some silly little thing like the color of the water at Las Canteras. He said it was green. She said it was blue. Something like that. Things now were totally out of control. She insulted his mother. He called her sister a...

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The Dust Gatherers

    The dust whispers into town like fog the difference being that fog bubbles are hollow and wet while dust bubbles are solid and dry. The houses are painted in bright colors so that people can find their way. The red houses lead to restaurants, the green...

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Green Leaves, Muted Flowers, Darkness

  He feels as if he’s being watched. He looks up from the book to scan his surroundings. He sees nothing but green leaves, muted flowers, darkness. He listens. He hears only the singing of the grasshoppers, chapulines as they are called in the markets in Oaxaca....

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Guest Post: A Saint in the Compost by Montgomery Howard

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Two years ago Think in the Morning wrote about Monty and Pilar (Huertos Bi Nisa): Some Traditional Markets of Oaxaca. Since then their Saturday market location has moved from outside Casa de las...

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Less is More

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information}   Minimalism has been a fascination since the beginning of time, the simple life as an anecdote to the hunger for wealth and fame. Jennifer Michael Hecht tells a story about the great cynic Diogenes that...

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The Goldilocks Life

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy. Maria Edgeworth, Harry and Lucy Concluded   What is “just right” when it comes to “how to live”? Sarah...

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Volver (To Return)

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Back in Oaxaca.  A ghost. The mother in the quirky movie Volver (To Return) or is it the other way around, Juan Preciado in Pedro Páramo? I’ve left something undone. No idea what that might be but I’ll...

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   I still remember when the only man I ever called Coach, Gregg LeMaster, arrived in my hometown to coach football at the local high school. I remember vividly because my older brother, Errol, interviewed...

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