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Nature adores a vacuum

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Yesterday was warm and sunny, sweater weather at most. We went to the park and Nola discovered ice cubes. She also got yelled at by the dog who owned the ice cubes. For the first time, I saw her slink away from a dog instead of just shaking it off and going back for more. […]

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I ooze love

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a heart shape in concrete.

I ooze love. It crawls out of my pores and slimes its way across the parched landscape of humanity. You send me a broken computer, Gazelle? I ooze love. You give me the same eight bars of hold music on a repeating loop? I ooze love. Same hold music the first time I call, to ask […]

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Working in Houston

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I just paid eight bucks for two coffees. The lady called me “Mami” and gave me a free banana. “How are you?” I asked. “Working, working,” she said. “Always working.” Back up in our room on the fifth floor of this hotel, there’s an impressive scene out the window. About 75 construction workers in yellow […]

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Our Shared Year of Words (with Variations)

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On January 1 of last year, Toots and I started a writing game. We’d spent most of New Year’s Eve watching Slings & Arrows, which is not a prerequisite for the game, but it helps. Players: 2 Materials needed: phones, notebooks or laptops, a timer (see phones) We could have spent the day watching Season […]