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  • I’ve been following a Facebook group dedicated to collecting and making obvious comments about what they consider to be the “worst album covers ever.”  There are some gems, for sure, but most fall into one of these categories:  singers trying desperately and unsuccessfully to capture the style of the moment (usually in the 1970s), religious

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Ugly Stories

  • words fall from a backpack

    Born with a rare condition which made it impossible to store words in his head, Jeffrey toted words he had collected in a backpack, drawing from it whenever he had to converse.  The backpack had many compartments.  Jeffrey tried to keep his words organized. While staying alone in a motel in an unfamiliar town, Jeffrey

News that Matters

  • I’ve been following a Facebook group dedicated to collecting and making obvious comments about what they consider to be the “worst album covers ever.”  There are some gems, for sure, but most fall into one of these categories:  singers trying desperately and unsuccessfully to capture the style of the moment (usually in the 1970s), religious

Herbite Church Bulliten

  • Herb told me once that he wanted all descriptions of him to include references to the season and weather of the day being recounted.  “I’m part of my environment,” he said.  “I want to be a line in a haiku–not the elementary school exercise of counting syllables, but the real deal.”  By “real deal” I

Timmy’s Ugly Culture

  • Our first views of Saint Lucia, the place L dreamed of living or at least visiting, are from the air. As we approach our destination we see the pyramidal rocks and hills of the island–so beautifully symmetrical, like bell curves or pictures of hills drawn in first grade. The silvery blue of the water gives

Unsolicited Advice

  • I was informed by an old friend, a Woman Named Jack, that my response to her text was so fast it was “almost creepy.”  And by almost I’m pretty sure she meant “super.”  She texted.  My phone made a noise.  I texted back.  I thought I was being efficient.  Little did I know that I