Interchange. . .

—From EF— On the way home from the ocean, we got into an interchange that wasn’t so much a disagreement as an experiment in again having a conversation where we don’t subscribe to the same beliefs. Usually I go a certain distance into these and then roll...

—FROM CB— I write. It’s pointless, I know. I’d surely be serving a higher purpose by breeding goats or juggling live gerbils. But I get up in the morning and write. I guess if you start it in high school, you’re stuck. I remember writing a poem and feeling despair...

The Power of Charlie. . .

—From EF— Conrad and I have a routine of watching a movie at home every Friday and Saturday. We have a modestly-large Roku screen and a membership in Criterion, so the options are opulent. Sometimes I pick a film, but usually I’m lazy and leave it to him....

Birds Falling. . .

—From CB— For this week’s blog, I decided to post a story from my chapbook of flash fiction, FLASHES & FLOATERS: 14 FICTIONS. It’s only 649 words long. The chapbook is available at www.DamnedFool.com. BIRDS FALLING We had just come back from vacation, I, my wife...

Dirty Deeds. . .

—From EF— I just finished a job I’ve been putting off for way too long. I get like that with some tasks. It may be big and complicated or a runty little thing, like this one was, but if it falls into the deeply-nuts part of my mind it becomes (a) toxic and (b)...

Arrgh!. . .

—From CB— For the past week, I’ve been flat on my back. Symptoms: occasional mild chills, medium fever, major fatigue. We’ve been regularly testing for Covid, entirely negative. Looking up symptoms of regular flu, it’s some matches, some not. I can say only one thing:...

Critique. . .

—From CB— A friend replied to a FB post that I was perpetually critical of others’ comments on issues without venturing to post my own ideas. That’s probably true. As for example: In regard to the current Supreme Court, I feel that proposals to impeach several...

Strange Weekend. . .

—FROM EF— It was a strange weekend. Amazing music makers were assembled at the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville, CA, many many more than usual due to the fact that Covid had cancelled 2020 and 2021, and due to the fact that this was not only the 25th KWF but...

Fathers. . .

—From CB— This is Father’s Day, when thoughts turn to fathers, so I’ve given a rain check to my pontifications on politics, whoh are currently beyond-depressing, to muse upon fatherhood. Two thoughts. First, the nature of the role is (a) enormously important, and (b)...

I-80. . .

—From EF— Sunday, mid-afternoon, turning onto I-80 East from Highway 37, I saw the great golden hills as loose-skinned furry creatures begging to be petted, and my heart lifted. Not just because in the evening I’d hear John McCutcheon do a solo concert in Grass...