Monthly Archives: September 2014

Surly (Part 1 of 3)

My mother swears my father used to be happy. She points at the old black-and-white photo on her picture wall, as evidence. She says they shot it about a year before I was born: probably in late 1975, right after … Continue reading

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Spider Season

In spider season, when the webs are strung across the porch each morning – sticky floss like gossamer against my face among autumnal dawning air – when oak leaves toss with sycamore and bay in gutter pot pourri, it’s then … Continue reading

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Eureka Moment

Oh I can get a kick from argument, enjoy a meal, metabolize a drink, and keep the heat within, because I’m bent on altering my attitude. Don’t think I’m doomed to common sense – uncommon thought is daily mine – … Continue reading

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Juley (III of III)

Juley was frustrated by the Sunday School debate and irked about Aaron’s harassment by Keith and Steve. He felt protective toward his friend and he stopped being as cooperative at school and at home. He became difficult. He waxed disruptive … Continue reading

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Juley (II of III)

Juley’s mother thought it was weird that he only wanted to eat, add and read when he came home from school. But he was happiest when she gave him columns of numbers to total or took him to the library … Continue reading

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Juley (I of III)

Civil disobedience could have been Juley Brahnstein’s middle names. Should have been. He was born to rebel. He cut his second day of kindergarten. He found his own class insufficiently fun the first day, so on the next he followed … Continue reading

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Bleak House

Today I’m grump enough that I’m appalled at all the ignorance so current now. My father quoting Kipling is recalled, or Noyes, or Lindsay’s architecture. How decided 7th graders not to learn? And why so uninformed the rest of you? … Continue reading

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