Monthly Archives: November 2015

Changing Lanes

We're on our way to watch Oakland play Detroit at the Oakland Coliseum. The traffic on Interstate 880 is heavy, and I wonder if we'll make it on time. Hegenberger Road, the exit, is still miles away, but already cars … Continue reading

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The Kinglet

Out a window I see a kinglet, his ruby crown, like a legionnaire’s crest, dipping side to side. He is on the move, and suddenly, I blink and he has launched toward another branch, his wingbeats urgent. His toes curl, … Continue reading

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The Pigeon

I saw a pigeon tottering down the sidewalk near the train station. I don’t mean to suggest he lacked balance or might fall. Tottering is normal behavior in pigeons. Passengers, not pigeons, were leaving the train with their briefcases and … Continue reading

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The Shotgun

A man entered our office with a shotgun. He wasn’t carrying a shotgun, but his swagger, his eyes, and his voice all said twelve-gauge pump, and he was pointing it at me. He said never to contact him again, or … Continue reading

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The Environmentalist

I once rescued a man from a dumpster. He was half in and half out, but more in than out. He’d snagged his pants on a bolt. It seemed he should have been able to reach back with one hand … Continue reading

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