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Where holiday cards are going in the USA this year: Massachusetts, California, Washington, Vermont, New York, Georgia, New Mexico, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Louisiana,  Hawaii, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, West Virginia,  North Carolina, Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Abroad: The Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Israel, England, Canada, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, France, Morocco, Croatia, Australia, Thailand, Sweden.(…)

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Gum on my shoe

I’ve begun a new book. It’s theme is very heavy and dark. Irrespective of promises made (to myself and others) to lighten up, I can’t seem to do so. At least not with work. Only gravitas engulfs me – provides me with raison d’être. Where do you find your ideas, I’ve been asked many times. Ideas are like gum. I’ve(…)

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God’s side of the story

Excerpt from unpublished short fiction: God’s Side of the Story He’s got so many wrinkles on his face he can hold ten days of rain! She’s got so many wrinkles on her face she has to dry it with a pleated towel. I tried to be both mother and father to him. To be a(…)

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Looking for self

[[Drawing by A. Kingsmill]] Excerpt from article In News by Alex Moore: A missing woman on vacation in Iceland managed to unwittingly join a search party looking for herself. Toronto Sun reports that a tourist group traveling by bus to the volcanic Eldgja canyon made a pit stop near the canyon park. The woman in(…)

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Just a glance

Following, a glance into the draft of my new book (working title) Found and Lost  – a quaisi-biographical epistolary collection meditating on six years and six deaths, future work in this crumpled world, life after the death of loved ones. A few lines from Part V – A Curtain Blows into a Room Saw a bin of basketballs at Gristides(…)

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Hospitality

After two weeks in Dublin, five weeks on Hydra, my friend Dan bullied me into accompanying him to Bulgaria. I resisted the pressure for a week and finally (because he was also helping me edit a new piece of work*) he used his PhD in bullying to a good end. I blew off my return ticket to New(…)

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Tale of two Susans

Am onto new work that has briefly taken me to Ireland. Dear, beautiful Ireland! I hadn’t been here since researching Clairvoyant (my homage to James Joyce and his long-suffering daughter Lucia, just reissued by TMI Press), to visit Mrs. Nora Joyce’s cramped childhood home in Galway. That was quite some time ago. Although I’ve only just arrived,(…)

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Nostalgia reflux

Further along in my new work on my 1000 years of Greek island loving, tentatively titled, Notes on Hydra, I dredge up a second song in which I wallowed in those escapist days. This song, sung by Mary Hopkin from 1968: Once upon a time there was a tavern Where we used to raise a glass or two Remember how(…)

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Miley and Melanie

Following, a few words from a piece I’ve been working on about my 1000 years of visits to my Greek island. (Actually 46 1/2 years of visits…but it seems like 1000.)  …This rock was/is/will always be breathtaking, life-altering; doubtlessly ensnarling new victims evermore just as it did me. It beguiles while nourishing tender seeds of art/writing/music/creativity/Eros that peak from between(…)

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