Monthly Archives: June 2011

Matching Volume

Imagine an on-stage debate. On one side, we have Bob Boomer. Bob’s bought himself a state-of-the-art microphone and sound system. His every breath echoes to the back of the room – heck, probably to the back of New Mexico. On … Continue reading

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Prom Night

Missy hopped in place, a brilliant smile flashing. She twisted to the left. To the right. Then took my hand and began to swing it to the sky and back again. After all, if you can’t cut loose at the … Continue reading

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I Am Me … Aren’t I?

“Yes, I’m sure I don’t want to further my education,” I said into the phone. It was the second call I’d gotten that day. And considering I already have a master’s degree, a bizarre one. “Well, on the survey you … Continue reading

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Keeping The Light On

When speaking to a local writing group, some people might talk grammar or style. Others might get into characterization or even publishing contracts. I talked about light bulbs. Seriously. You might have even heard of this one: the undying light … Continue reading

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Virtual Stupidity, Real Consequences

And now for Life Surprise No. 357: When judges say “Don’t talk,” they mean it. Seems obvious. But perhaps not to Joanne Fraill. She just became the first-ever British juror to be found in contempt of court for contacting a … Continue reading

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Her Best Shot

“The doctor says it’s probably a Vitamin D deficiency,” Heather told me over dinner. Like that, a rock fell off my shoulders. No getting back on the carousel. Not yet, anyway. I should explain that my wife Heather has more … Continue reading

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It’s An Education

I’ve been a government reporter for most of my career. So when it comes to official documents, I’m used to the long, the obscure, the dull. Even so, when a friend forwarded me the new state P.E. standards, my jaw … Continue reading

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Memory in Bloom

I had come home late when I saw the roses. Heather had been weeding the garden that day. And there, among the dirt and remains of unwanted visitors, were the little pinpricks of color, just starting to bloom. Yellow. White. … Continue reading

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Back to Bases

Bop! As the ball hit the infield, Missy came down the base path. One hand clung to her coach as he helped her toward home plate. The other waved as her eyes sought us out in the stands. “All right, … Continue reading

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The Wearin’ of the Grin

Attention,  nice guys of the world. Modern Science has something to say to you. Ha. Ha. Ha. That’s right. In yet another chapter of Science You Already Knew, researchers have demonstrated that women tend to be attracted to – get … Continue reading

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