Writing

Makeshift Repair

You stand on your side of the fracture; I stand on mine. We both look down at the cracked gap between us and silently put together our options. We can each choose to limp away and let the fracture try to fix itself. But if we do, There could be nerve damage, leaving us with Read More
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Something in Common

When we were in our 30s and 40s, my friends and I used to play a lot of basketball together. Well, actually, it was kind of a cross between basketball and rugby. It bore little resemblance to the game you see played on TV. During the warm weather, we played half-court in my driveway and Read More
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The End of a Promising Career

It was his first day at his new job and he was nervous. He was walking through the city streets on his way to the offices of People magazine. He had been hired to write fluff pieces about celebrities. No more beating the bricks, chasing ambulances, creating false innuendo, or purposely misquoting people for him. Read More
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Lakefront Real Estate

There is a one-story apartment building on Portion Road that is set right next to the shore of Lake Ronkonkoma. It looks like an old, 1950s motel: a dozen rooms, flat roof, rectangular in shape, built with cinderblocks, with a faded brick facing for show. The structure is about 10-feet high. I’ve passed the place Read More
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Eventide

On the ferry from Nova Scotia to Maine, you view a 360-degree horizon for the first time in your life. It’s been nothing but sea, sky, and clear, cloudless sailing since early morning. But at dusk, the top deck — which you have spent the entire ride on — is suddenly overrun by passengers. They Read More
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Take What You Like

There’s this painter that lives in an old bungalow on a narrow side street by Lake Ronkonkoma who hangs his paintings on his porch. He’s got a sign out there that says, “TAKE WHAT YOU LIKE, LEAVE WHAT YOU DON’T.” The paintings go at about the same rate that he paints new ones. I stroll Read More
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Shrug and Reason

When God gave humans the ability to reason, He also gave them the ability to shrug. And it’s a good thing. Because when reason fails, shrugging sure beats banging your head against a brickwall dead-end. Over and over again. Or settling disputes with sticks, stones, sling-shots, and six-shooters. According to those-in-the-know, we’re in an evolutionary Read More
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