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Glowing bones of an ignored mystery

A spectacular sky this morning on my way to school. The sun had not yet risen. 6:15am. A half crescent moon looking like the x-ray outline of a brilliant white bowl in the dark sky. And beneath it a very … Continue reading

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Driven to the light

On my way to work today I passed beneath the walkway between the two McCormick Places which crosses above Lakeshore Drive. Inside, on the ceiling of that overpass, were red and blue lights and somehow, strangely, I was teleported back to … Continue reading

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Eleven Japanese memories two years ago to this day

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Dear Marian

Weird. I was brushing my teeth this morning and the presence of Marian was incredibly palpable. I’m not one to usually get these kinds of “visitations.” Usually it’s my mother or even my sister who have them. But this morning, … Continue reading

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“This Old Man: Life in the nineties” by Roger Angell

Check me out. The top two knuckles of my left hand look as if I’d been worked over by the K.G.B. No, it’s more as if I’d been a catcher for the Hall of Fame pitcher Candy Cummings, the inventor … Continue reading

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At the Field Museum, in the Colombian World’s Fair exhibit, a sign speaks of the disappearance of the carrier pigeon. To commemorate its demise, I stare at a stuffed version of itself displayed in 1893. Yesterday I sat in a … Continue reading

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Where were you the day JFK was shot?

Fifty years ago today, E.J. Fritsche came running down the hall of our middle school, just as we were leaving Mr. Stranahan’s history class, shouting that the President had been shot. E.J. was a jokester and of course none of … Continue reading

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