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Dreaming of Night Fire

In the dream, I was on fire. Some sloppy melting fragment from a car exploding had landed on my back with a wet slap and I could smell burning hair without realizing it was mine. I was oblivious because I was ...

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Sometimes Justice Is Swift

“Michael T. Slager, COME ON DOWN!” the announcer cries at the annual banquet for the “A**hole of the Year Awards,” held April 1, 2016. That’s the way I saw it in my dream at least, because that’s what this guy is. more »

Apr 16, 2015 10:49 AM On The Beat

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

I was visiting with a few co-workers on a mutual friend’s boat recently, which brought up the topic of rum. And the rum, of course, brought up a few more topics that related well with the setting of the sun... more »

Apr 8, 2015 4:42 PM On The Beat

Boo’ High Memories Piled High

It was like a furnace out here more often than not; an Easy Bake Oven for depression and unemployment, and it was set for “broil.” more »

Apr 1, 2015 4:57 PM On The Beat

Are Ee Es Pee Ee Sea Tea

A college professor recently asked me to speak to his class, basically an open forum free-for-all where the students would feel comfortable asking any question that popped into their heads to a copper ... more »

Mar 26, 2015 10:33 AM On The Beat

Anniversary of the Enhanced Fujita Scale

Disasters: Like blood, I don’t handle them the way I used to. I don’t shy away from them, mind you, I’m just not as bulletproof against them as I used to be, and beyond a few educated guesses I cannot imagine why. more »

Mar 18, 2015 4:31 PM On The Beat

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