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Made by hand

An enchanting history envelops each thing handmade, an aura that somehow connects us to the person who envisioned and crafted it. A pulse of the artisan’s life and energy is embodied in this handmade piece, and even though the artisan … Continue reading

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Stone deaf

Most of all I miss the birds singing in the early morning. Many other sounds are lost to me since my hearing faded and was gradually lost over the past 15 or 20 years: almost all music, the evening cries … Continue reading

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Hitting 300

Death steals everything except our stories.   — Jim Harrison, poet, novelist, screenplay, and short story writer, from his collection of poems titled In Search of Small Gods. Hitting 300 The number took me by surprise: three hundred. That is … Continue reading

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Heat index

Before nine o’clock in the morning the temperature had risen to 82 degrees, dew point was 77 degrees, and humidity was 97 percent This day in the last week of July was heating up to surpass a 103-degree heat index. … Continue reading

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Building a box

It was not my intention to write a COVID-19 pandemic story, but all stories are pandemic stories now. Every story is told in the shadow of the coronavirus. We all live with apprehension, unease, a foreboding that something will happen … Continue reading

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Hunter-gatherer

Photos from Natural History Museum – http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/ Ancient hunter-gatherers mastered a very wide variety of skills in order to survive, which is why it would be immensely difficult to design a robotic hunter-gatherer. Such a robot would have to know … Continue reading

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Life in the time of pandemic

  Don’t want to say “I told you so!” but life in the time of pandemic was predicted in my novel The Executioner’s Face. The ravages of a highly infectious disease, the horrific mortality rates, the implosion of the world’s … Continue reading

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She run off with a Norski

She run off with a Norski Come home from fishin’ and my woman was gone. She took my fjord horse and every goat on the farm, But the worst thing is she run off with a Norski. A six-four Viking … Continue reading

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Seven shotshells

Abbey must have thought we had died and gone to heaven. Six weeks into a sparse bird season we blundered into a pheasant paradise where she found, tracked, and pointed nine birds in less than two hours – six hens … Continue reading

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A place in the Sun

‘The Maker, whose heart is bigger than all the Earth and the Sea and the Sky, created a thousand different lands for his creatures to live upon and cherish and love. But a man’s heart is small, so he is … Continue reading

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