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Mrs. Dubcek’s Advice

In a New Yorker cartoon a woman is standing in a bedroom doorway.  In the room is her husband still holding the chainsaw he has taken to the furniture in the room: the bed is now cut in half, a … Continue reading

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The Boogieman

There is a “New Yorker” cartoon on my bulletin board.  We see the interior of a shoe store with shoes arrayed on the back wall.  On the left is a clerk kneeling, helping a customer try on a shoe.  On … Continue reading

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What Is Enough?

In the past few years the phenomenon of “tiny houses” seems to have caught on.  These are houses that may be either stationary or mounted on a trailer and are indeed tiny in that they are usually around 200 square … Continue reading

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How Can I Know?

An interviewer of the artist Gerhard Reichter commented to him, “The paintings have changed a lot.”  Gerhard responded, “Yes, yes!  That’s the thing: They do what they want!”  For many artists a blank canvas is a thing of terror: What’s … Continue reading

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Secret Clothes

George said, “Why don’t you ask her?”  Staring at the floor Fred replied, “Because I’m afraid to know the answer.”  And thus began Fred’s running away years, running from what he didn’t want to know.  He deliberately failed to call … Continue reading

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A Dream

In bathing suits he and she stand on the edge of the land, staring at the ocean 10 feet below.  “I can’t,” he says.  Saying, “You just did,” she shoves him off of the edge.  When he emerges from under … Continue reading

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Being Willing To Go With The Flow

I met for coffee with Jacob whose long-term relationship had just suddenly ended.  Trying to bolster Jacob’s feelings I jovially offered, “So, now you’re free!”  Jacob looked up from his coffee and morosely replied, “No, I’m not.  What I am … Continue reading

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