Month: July 2013

Safe Harbor

33, 000 miles on the odometer. We had driven 1000 of those miles in a week’s trek through Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. In a powder blue Crown Victoria with a trunk large enough to transport Jimmy Hoffa’s body as well as our minimal luggage.… ...

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Nate the Pig, a picture book by PJC, illustrated by Savannah Nau

1. I am a Blue Butt.


2. But I’m not what you think.

3. I am a crossbreed of Hampshire and Yorkshire Pigs.


4. I wallow in puddles and baths of mud

5. But not for reasons you think.


6.… ...

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Paul McCartney and the break-up of the Beatles

A few years ago I experienced dissolution of a family that I thought I’d had. I mourned and felt terrible – until I remembered my favorite Beatle, Paul.



He was the odd man out in the dissolution of the Fab Four, the apparent lone ranger like me.… ...

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If you ever want to wave a conversational red flag in my face, just say “they” did it or said or thought it. Be ready, for I will ask you, “Who are ‘they’?”

I rise forth from a lifetime of blame from a tattletailing little sis along with the mischievous misinformation of the unseen and unnamed in small town communities where I grew up.… ...

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Bunco vs. Hunk-o

It’s 6:45 p.m…6:53, and then it’s 7:00 sharp, the time we planned to meet. I’m sitting in my BMW, soothing my neurotic apprehension with hits from the ‘80s on Sirius. The moon is smiling aloft on this typically faint-starred night. The light bleed of the human mass that live in the LA basin again overwhelms God’s starry showcase with its proof that we are not alone.… ...

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A Safe Place


“I put it in a safe place.”

How many of you have done this? Put an important item in a ‘safe place’, and then moved on with the hurly-burly of life, and…were unable to locate the item when needed, bewildered?

I’ve learned to relax for several days, letting the notion of the misplaced float in the periphery of my brain and voila!… ...

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Long to belong? Come hold my hand


You belong.You belong on this earth, you belong in the room. You belong to humanity and you belong to everything good and true. You belong. It is truly amazing how we can fool ourselves (or let other things fool us) into believing that we do not belong.
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Live like a rock star

happy satr“I am a star!”

This statement of self-respect has knocked a few people off their axis. Relatively speaking, I’m thought to be prideful and/or addled by some – I see it in their squinty stink eyes. I do not fit into the more regular shapes of round, square, or triangular, so it’s even more difficult to jam my peg into place.… ...

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Strawberry Blonde


“What did you do to your hair?” my mother said.

I blinked at the remark.. I wasn’t prone to mirror reflection, growing up matter-of-fact about my appearance. Just like her, my model.

We’d vacationed in California, and I had enjoyed my week in the sun, thriving.… ...

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