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Roof Rain


a symphony of rain played on the oldmetal roof for days it was like nightcame early around three or so we talked quietly andtouched the timeaway sweet cooking smellsof chicken and garlicrice and beans took the chill out of the day as the afternoon slidinto night for real

Odds and Ends No. 70


It is a bathrobe day. It started on the way to choir practice last night. With a full weekend singing schedule ahead of me, it is my turn for the creeping crud. I feel like an old Alka-Seltzer TV commercial; I’ll spare you the grizzly details as I knock around […]

Odds and Ends No. 68


As strange as it seems, I’m forcing myself to eat salad. I enjoy eating salad out once in a while because I don’t have to make it. But the state of my life demands otherwise. I eat at home more often than not. My eating alone habits rarely include salad. […]

Odds and Ends No. 40


She popped out of bed around four, as they were flying back home this morning. I could smell the coffee but I didn’t get out of bed until about five. Eye drops then toothbrush. The kids were gathered around the kitchen table eating bacon and egg sandwiches. As for me, I wasn’t […]

Odds and Ends No. 21


Sometimes, there is a fifty-cent solution to a million-dollar problem. We used to say that in the Army all the time. People called it many things. Battlefield expediency, innovation, quick thinking, love of your fellow man (or woman), luck, chance, or the intervention of Almighty God in the affairs of […]