Monthly Archives: July 2008

Skinhead Prunes

Michael considers this one of my major character flaws: I like to have dinner parties because I like mixing people and ideas over food, and the voyeuristic side of me likes to see what will happen*. My friend Teresa says … Continue reading

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One fish, two fish; Red Fish, Blue Fish

When people come over in the summer and see the two Mr. Coffee pots on the woodstove, each holding a fish, there’s invariably a crack about our dinner plans or sadism.   For the record: we never fired up the … Continue reading

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Head Like a Bowling Ball

It’s sad, but it’s true: I have a head that’s shaped like a bowling ball. Or a pumpkin. Bowlingball Medusa. Bowling Ball Silkworm. Bowling Ball in a Fancy-tied scarf. Bowling Ball in a Stetson. Don’t pity me. I might konk … Continue reading

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Week 30: Fairchild AFB Chapel, 27 July 2008

My dad offered to take us to the base chapel for a service, figuring that it’s better to go now, before the program year gets underway at his church and he “becomes more involved” (which sounds like he plans to … Continue reading

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On Poking a Nest of Hornets in the Rain

Tuesday evening, it started to rain, and I knew we had one of the windows off the yurt, so I thought I’d pop up and unroll the flap so it wouldn’t get wet inside. This is the stupid part: I … Continue reading

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Tracts

Religious tracts (papers or pamphlets) seem to have sort of disappeared in the last few decades. I used to find them in telephone booths . . . so maybe they dried up with the advent of cell phones . . … Continue reading

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Week 29: The Porch, 20 July 2008

At 3pm, we were still in the house. Michael was still wearing his moose jammies.  I still hadn’t showered. At 4pm, Michael announced he was going to go take a nap. We left for the evening service at The Porch … Continue reading

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Fish and Stickers

I saw a bumper sticker once here in town that read: “I bet Jesus would use his turn signal.” That’s one I would stick on my car, next to “Knit Happens” and “Make Gloves, Not War.” The “In the event … Continue reading

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Week 28: ECKANKAR, 13 July 2008

In my former life, as a composition prof, I used to emphasize to my students the importance of knowing the answers to the following questions: Who’s your reader? What’s your purpose? All writers, I would tell them, have a reader … Continue reading

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Deep Pooty

This morning, like every morning for the past two weeks, I got up, fed the animals, and shoveled a mule full of alpaca and goat pooty and spent hay and old straw, drove it up to the site of my … Continue reading

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