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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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Forget It

I was at Costco, checking off the items on my shopping list, when I remembered we needed eggs. I imagined the route I’d take to the giant cooler where the eggs are stored and started walking. I’d walked only a … Continue reading

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The Guardian

I once wrote a story about a lost dog. I asked a friend to read it. He said he liked it but suggested that the protagonist wasn’t the dog’s owner, but rather the dog’s guardian. I understand, PETA, Peter Singer, … Continue reading

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The Peregrine

 Past plovers hiding in pickleweed  an airborne tilt-a-whirl of phalaropes pass by while the Peregrine continues his roller-coaster flight down the shoreline. He dips, ducks dive. The gulls rise and fall en masse shouting a collective eek. The Peregrine passes … Continue reading

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Snoring

In a most comfortable chair at the foot of my bed, I read. The dog, a shih tzu, is on the bed behind me, snoring. I laugh, and my wife, already tucked in but not yet asleep, laughs too. Later, … Continue reading

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Carrots

A young man more than six feet tall lopes by, his strides amazingly long. He covers the distance in front of our house in just a few steps. I could never match a stride like that. He’s chasing the sunset … Continue reading

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Scrabble

We have a Scrabble set on a shelf in a cabinet, but we haven’t used it for years. I play “Words with Friends”—an online version of Scrabble—and until today that was enough. I was reading when my wife showed me … Continue reading

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Usually and Always

I got a text from my son, saying that his wife made it safely to her parents. “She didn’t text me,” my wife said. “She knows you don’t read your texts.” “I read my texts.” “Usually you don’t.” “You always … Continue reading

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