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Law of the Legumes

Roger, also known as Oscar, was a precocious boy who worked at a vegetable and meat store in South East Santa Catarina, in Brazil. Veggie and meat sores were rare, Roger said, but this was where his sister Lucia worked. She was engaged to be married to the store owners’ second cousin, who really l... [More]

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White Elephant, White Couch, Pink Tissues

So I went to a Winter Solstice Yankee Trade (aka White Elephant) at All Souls a few weeks ago, befor [More]

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“Get me some accounts!”

Stephen said to me, sneeringly, “How many accounts do you have today?” Today, I would finally give him an answer he would like. For this day, I had a savior’s touch. I ended up opening 5 accounts, something unheard of. I was lucky if I could open one account a day at our little bank branch, but the... [More]

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Old man tried to kiss me

His name was Pierre, lived in this huge penthouse apartment upon the 7th Arrondisement He had seen my ad at the church. He called me. We agreed to meet at Vavin, just outside the metro station the 4 line on direction to the Eiffel tower, which would be my way of getting there. It was raining as I g... [More]

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Retreat

I was at this spiritual retreat in New England. It was in Massachusetts, to be exact. I was looking [More]

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Our Soporific Sofa

We have this sofa that has soporific powers. I lay there and I'm gone, sleeping that is. I tried reading a sonnet there and I couldn't get past the 4th line as I was rhyming with snores. I’ve tried reading any book and as soon as I get past the 1st page, my ZZZ’s are all over our apartment. Anytime ... [More]

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“Of course you don’t have a gift receipt”

Heather had to exchange the gift she did not like from Macy's. We went to the one on 34th Street, where one of the miracles happened. We walk in, ask for help from the man at the desk. We ask in casual New York form, "How you doin’?" He says, "I'm doin'." It'... [More]

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They Met at the Check Cashing Place

They met at the check cashing place. He was cashing his check from a small electric company. This was on 116th Street, near Park Avenue. The sign of the place, like most of the signs on the ghetto, marketed what they sold, “Check Cashing.” He paid his $50 and was happy he had 9... [More]

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Two Thanksgiving Shorts

MY BROTHER FORGETS HIS ID -- Yes, he did. He forgot it. He left his wallet at his girlfriend’s dorm room. He had to take a flight the next day from Syracuse, NY to go to Pittsburgh, PA. His itinerary included a layover stop in Detroit, MI. But now, he was stuck in Oswego, NY, scrambl... [More]

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