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Santa’s Little Helpers

  Santa Claus is a mean-spirited motherfucker. George Herbert Randolph Richman lives in a big house on a hill. The house is surrounded by a wall. Atop the wall is a twisting length of barbed wire. A man in a … Continue reading

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Han Shoulda Shot First

Is that a light-saber piercing my heart or are you just unhappy to see me? CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN STAR WARS SPOILERS   On Christmas Day I had an extended conversation with my daughter about the new Star Wars film, The … Continue reading

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Yes, Santa Claus

I grew up celebrating the typical White Christmas. By which I mean the 20th Century American Middle-Class White Christmas. The Christmas Celebrated in Story & Song. It was the Christmas of Santa’s workshop bounty, gaily wrapped and pouring out across … Continue reading

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Camping in the Cheap Seats

Thirty years ago New Year’s marked the first time I ever “camped” overnight for access to anything. I’ve watched with bemusement as camping for days outside retail establishments to buy newly-released telephones or video games has increased in popularity. And … Continue reading

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A Norman Rock-Pretty-Good Christmas

     I am an Army brat who spent the first nine years of my life moving an average of every ten months. After my father returned from his first tour in Vietnam, we managed to get more stability. His first … Continue reading

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The West Hollywood Tales

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” — Juan Ramón Jiménez In early November 1988 the Gypsy and I were down and out just east of Beverly Hills. We had crash-landed there after a 2700-mile sojourn from … Continue reading

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Windows Filled With Frost

I was in Kansas City this morning and stopped by Union Station to check the model railroad displays. When I first moved to the area I saw the Holiday model trains, set up in the Grand Hall: the main entrance … Continue reading

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