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The Brief Life and Tragic Death of Starling Witt

Monique found a fledgling Sunday, hopping at the bottom of the basement stairs behind her shop. Monique is the poet, artist, Standing Rock veteran, and all-around bad-ass Latinx dynamo behind The Skullery Maid, a vintage furniture and clothing shop on … Continue reading

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Ballad of a Mean Man

“We are billion year old carbon … and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden.” I try to take my pleasure where I can find it. I find it in the sunsets and lightning storms. In butterflies that … Continue reading

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Spring Musings

That Stumpy is kind of a bad-ass. Stumpy is the name I call one of the neighborhood squirrels. My neighborhood is in the Olde Town section of Blue Springs, Missouri, that spreads mostly westward from where late 19th Century residents … Continue reading

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Leon Trotsky; Doggy Detetctive

It was a dark night … … of my soul, if not behind the cascading crests of cloud-waves in the azure Midwestern sky above Leon’s office in the Old Town section of a nondescript Missouri suburb. Like so many settlements … Continue reading

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And the Women, They Bury the Dead

In some cultures it is primarily women who prepare the dead for burial. I don’t know this to be universal, nor even how wide-spread a practice it is. I could research it, of course, but it is the kind of … Continue reading

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Chatterings

     It was a lazy Midwestern July afternoon. The heat had not yet become oppressive. I had recently refilled the bird-feeder, so daring warblers came to sample the seed despite my own presence on the patio.      There is a … Continue reading

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A Dog’s Life

I’ve been a little concerned about my dog Leon. He scratches like crazy. I know he itches like crazy. He scratches his chest and ears frequently. But it seems most of his focus is on his hind end, which he … Continue reading

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