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I like to read. I like to write. I like to write about reading and writing. Short stories, essays, opinions, and ideas will show up here. Anything that can be expressed in words is fair game. Random thoughts and spontaneous remarks may be posted on Twitter or Facebook and from time to time expanded here. William Blake claimed that his poetry was not necessarily a work that he created, but something channeled through him. I’m no William Blake and I make no such claim. J. M. Keynes aptly described the source of my ideas: “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”

Gerardo Navarro Gómez: Art in the Slow Lane

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   I want to sleep in the country, by the river, to retrieve the dreams of my youth.   Gerardo Navarro Gómez   The story of the life to date of the Zapotec, Oaxacan, Mexican artist Gerardo Navarro Gómez has been...

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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 Bugambilias on...

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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 dates from...

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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 find out....

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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 Coach...

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The Genesis of The Rabbit

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   At first I was just a few random lines on a white background, a doodle actually.  Not really random, no.  I could sense two eyes looking down.  I could feel the tug of the pen.  Something, I had no idea what it...

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Road Tripping Toward World Peace: Interlude I

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Railway Travel. A journey in a railway train makes me sentimental. If I enter the compartment a robust-minded, cheerful youth, fresh and whistling from a walk by the sea, yet, as soon as I am settled down in one...

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Road Tripping Toward World Peace: Part I—for Anthony Bourdain

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11GYvfYjyV0     Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also...

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Short Fiction – “F” by Mitchell Zucker

  [Mitchell Zucker has several short stories on this site.  This one is a Think In The Morning favorite.]   Dr. Richard Mann, in a suit and tie, carrying an attaché case, pushes his way through the five o’clock Madison Avenue rush, followed by his cameraman Mike...

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