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Holiday Correspondence

Only some of this applies to me. Jim and Sally moved to Michigan, where she has a great job. My old neighbors moved to the suburbs, and don’t like it. Another old neighbor is in a nursing home. Joni and … Continue reading

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Breakfast Served 24 Hours

The sign in the window promises “Breakfast Served 24 Hours” 12:30 am: Just got off the job and changed, second shift at the plant. It’s for younger guys, but a man’s gotta work. On days off I get to see … Continue reading

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Music, you are With Me

Music, you are with me, beside me, holding me. in sadness and happiness and struggle, in triumph and tragedy. Blues, bluegrass, Bach, Boogie, Bernstein, Beethoven Whom do I choose tonight? To some, Jesus is this close, always. But music expects … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Starry, Starry Night

The Thomas Merton Center honors activists with Stars of Justice awards. Tonight we honor Sister Joan Chittister “Our eyes register the light of dead stars.” So begins The Last of the Just, by Andre’ Schwarz-Bart, a novel set in the … Continue reading

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Sister Barbara’s Birthday

Previously published in “New People” It’s Sister Barbara’s birthday, her 50th, potluck in the cafeteria at St. Benedict Academy. Fellow workers at the hospital, Sisters of St. Joseph, Thomas Merton Center members, and family by birth – siblings, cousins, nieces … Continue reading

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Conversation in Shadyside Hospital

based on an actual conversation “I’m in here for sugar again. Treatment for a few days, then they send me home. “Couple of years ago my wife died. We were together almost forty years. “You got a busted elbow? It … Continue reading

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Erda Explains

Why all those Valkyries? Well, it’s my nature to bear children. So I gave birth to daughters, women warriors, to defend the old gods. Why Zeus? Well, I couldn’t do it all by myself, could I? I had to fuck … Continue reading

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