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Prodigal sons. Or something.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted here.  Like many labors, it started with the best of intentions, and somehow — indulge me on the cliche — life got in the way.  I’m hoping to rectify that.  Writing for … Continue reading

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Edward McClain, “the Real Change guy” dies at 69 Perhaps this is why he handed me that wad of bills a few weeks ago.  I suppose I’ll never know.  It was the last time I spoke with him.  Requiescat in … Continue reading

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Vacated and climate-controlled.

This morning I finished locking up the physical traces of my life.  It’s all there, in a 10 x 10 storage unit, among a sea of white metal doors, above a QFC here in Seattle. There’s a reason why I … Continue reading

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Boston

The news from Boston is heart-breaking.  I may have moved away from there years ago, but heart has always remained. To the city of Boston: you resisted, then ejected the British; you broke the back of secession.  You are the … Continue reading

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Happenings.

So leaving Safeway today, I bought a copy of Real Change from the old black guy that I always talk to — seriously, he’s the sharpest guy in the U District — and he looks up and me and asks: … Continue reading

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Roger Ebert, RIP.

Since the news broke earlier today of Roger Ebert’s passing, I’ve been reading various reminisces of people touched by his life and work in one way or another.  Film critics who first encountered movies through watching his show with Gene … Continue reading

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Night.

It’s almost midnight here on the west coast.  The house that I live in in silent, with just the occasional creaks one comes to expect from a 80 year old building.  I’m in the basement — where my apartment is … Continue reading

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