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The water tower dominated the tidy square and locally-owned shops that lined High Street. I was a freshman in rural Ohio, far from the turbulence of the 60’s, and annoyed how serene everything was. So fucking serene. There was a war going on!

“Professor Dickinson says ‘first loves’ are unique…

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“I’m outta here,” Alice said.

“Climate change, political deadlock, wealth inequality, immigration issues, unaffordable healthcare. Everything’s broken; plus I have college debt that won’t be paid off until I’m 64.”

“I can’t take it anymore,” she continues. “I need to move away. Far away.”

“Like Seattle?” I ask.

“More like…

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Summer break and the warm Fourth of July, my favorite holiday, promises adventure.

A student of Philosophy, I’ve returned long-haired, unshaven and sporting bell-bottom jeans tie-dyed in a layer-cake of red, white and blue. Someone said I looked like Jerry Garcia, only thinner. I park my ’62 Rambler Classic in…


Of course, champagne was her favorite drink. “Only because the bubbles tickle my nose,” she’d giggle, in a way that always made me laugh. Even now, the memories haunt me.

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Suzanne’s posture stiffened, as our eyes confronted each other. I brushed her off with a soft motion, and she returned a smile that challenged me.

It was a more civilized era, when men customarily performed small gestures for ladies, like opening doors, walking on the curb side of the sidewalk…

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Jeff Davis stuck his thin knife into the first bluegill, opening a wound from its pelvic fin to its anal fin, spilling entrails onto the picnic table.

“Do fish laugh?” I wondered.

“This one ain’t,” Jeff said. He was a tenth grader, two years ahead of me.

It was a…

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Sometimes I torment myself, puzzling over obscure questions. For example, when the President of the United States pays a short visit overseas, must he have his passport stamped like the rest of us?

At the office, my colleague Rich and I got into an extended conversation over this: If the…

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