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3×4

His name—to me—is Mr. Black.  Although he’s really more mahogany than black, and will very likely never answer to any name that I or any human could give him. He’s a reminder that cats, unlike dogs, are less symbionts than … Continue reading

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Wild Things

The first day of spring has arrived, but calendars are, after all, a human concept.  Weeks ago, the great celestial clock that slows in the autumn into long nights and abbreviated days had already begun the seasonal reset into warmth … Continue reading

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Comfort Food

The annual mega-caloric holiday baking frenzy is over and I am left with one fruitcake, a few extra pounds, and half a jar of shelled pecans. Every year, I swear that this will be the last time I send seasonal … Continue reading

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October Surprise

This lot has been empty for about a decade.  Once—sometime back before the Second World War—a small house was raised on it out of the miscellaneous materials that Depression Era construction was likely to entail.  Pieces of discarded railroad ties, … Continue reading

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Lost

There are a lot of definitions of what it is to be human.  The one that occurs to me at the moment is that of the creature that goes to a lot of trouble to make and collect stuff, but … Continue reading

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Sandy

It’s not very often that you can be sure, by almost 100%, that you gave someone everything they could possibly have wanted. That you made them happy. That you gave them a good life. That is what I’m telling myself, … Continue reading

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Breath Space

The time you spend waiting for someone to die is its own unique pause in the continuum of daily life.  That is so even when the death in question is that of a tiny, ancient, nearly black tortoiseshell cat. She … Continue reading

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Fraidy Cat

Strictly speaking, the domestic  cat isn’t a domestic animal.  Individually, perhaps; a super-model skinny Siamese in a jeweled collar or any cat lounging like an Ingres odalisque looks and normally acts about as wild and crazy as the attendees at … Continue reading

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Fame

David Bowie handled being famous about as well as anyone can in a hyper-nosy and envious age. Staying ahead of his own curve probably had a lot to do with it; he never held still long enough for anyone to … Continue reading

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Being Naked

The word is—according to a certain ground hog—that spring will come early this year. But I live in Texas. And here, spring is official only when those wisest of trees, the mesquite and pecan, leaf out. Normally, this doesn’t happen … Continue reading

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