Author Archives: Mostly Anecdotal

The Owl

We travelled north. The Great Gray Owl travelled south. With the snow too deep at home, he agreed to meet us halfway. He arrived weeks before us but passed as a stranger for a time. We arrived in daylight, and … Continue reading

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A Country Besieged

after Lydia Davis We live in a country besieged, my wife and I. We’re stressed, we wake during the night, we’re tired. We watch the TV. People are marching in the streets while others complain about the marchers. Our so-called … Continue reading

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The Snowblower

We have twelve inches of snow already. I measured, and my weather app says more is on the way. On the way, hell it’s snowing right now. I thought it was as simple as push-the-button, pull-the-lever or pull-the-lever, push-the-button. But … Continue reading

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First Book

I’ve just published my first book on Amazon. It’s a collection of seventy-two stories written over the past fifteen years. I use the term “stories” as a catchall for what includes creative non-fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, and memoir. All … Continue reading

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A Fast Reader

I opened the paper to the editorial page of the Salt Lake Tribune today and watched as a spider, not hairy or scary, ran across Donald Trump’s bare heine. The heine is on Bagley’s cartoon depiction of our emperor’s new … Continue reading

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On Doors Opened and Closed

My wife pauses at the door of Barnes and Nobles bookstore. A gentleman holds the door for her, she hesitates. He tips his head. "I'm waiting for my husband," she says and enters. He continues to hold the door for … Continue reading

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Too Fat to Fly

There's a House Sparrow at our feeder. He sits there all day long eating sunflower seeds. Soon, like me, he'll be too fat to fly.

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