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3 days ago

Spaceship in General

Hood of my car Radio’s just loud enough So I can hear “Levon” Where you are is anybody’s guess for now Just a song I grew up on Constellations seem so out of line Wish that we could make it this ...


4 days ago

Rescue Me in General

Our story’s old, older than the wind It’s been decided for years How can we pretend That we all know just how it’s gonna end Rescue me in the middle of the ocean Crashing down, it’s always hard ...


September 15, 2021

Louder Than Ever in General

You were there in the front seat, Windows down we were burning, It was just like a movie scene, Those dashboard lights, And your pale blue eyes cutting through me… -Daughtry, “Louder Than Ever” ...


September 13, 2021

Confluence in General

Today is two years since Sandy committed suicide. I still haven’t reconciled that, between who I knew as, and who she was. I still can’t comprehend how deep into a dark hole you would have to g...


September 12, 2021

Up the Wolves in General

Our mother has been absent Ever since we founded Rome But there’s gonna be a party when the wolf comes home.. Up to ‘Salem’s Lot to meet the newest member of the family. Only a few weeks old, a...


September 11, 2021

Oubliette in General

Oubliette There is a scene in the movie “Labrinth” where Hoggle explains to Sarah what a Oubliette was: “Yes. It’s a place you put people… to forget about ‘em!” Apparently in my home I have a mul...


August 28, 2021

More Than a Feeling in General

More Than a Feeling It’s more than a feeling When I hear that old song they used to play And I begin dreaming ‘Til I see Marianne walk away I see my Marianne walking away… I got up this morning,...


August 24, 2021

On-Ree in General

On-Ree Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Tropical Depression Henri was a great fat nothingburger in Maine, despite the shrieking of the media “The! First! Hurricane! To! Make! Landfall! In New England! In...


Feels Like Tonight My birth certificate tells me I am 59 at 530 tomorrow morning. I don’t have a lot of complaints. Most of the weird twingy pains from last Summer’s heart surgery have subside...


March 11, 2021

Too Late the Hero in General

So here I am, rocketing through the Coronoverse in my spiffy cool condo-ship. Other than an unpleasant week getting my chest cracked open last summer I pretty much live in my condo-ship. I do t...


January 14, 2021

Into Dust in General

Mazzy Star, always the masters of melancholy. Well. I suppose we could call this the bleak mid-winter, but that is a Christmas song, and I personally think of “The Bleak Mid Winter” as being Feb...


December 25, 2020

Better Days in Background Noise

Better Days And here we are again. Crazy early Christmas morning. A wind storm blowing a gale outside, and they have been predicting power outages all day. Also predicting torrential rain. The...


December 19, 2020

Let It be in General

Let it Be Obviously I haven’t been writing a lot in the last few months. While I have felt “okay”, I haven’t felt great or even normal. Six month check in with my cardiologist included a chest ...


September 11, 2020

Valar Morghulis in General

Valar Morghulis Weird banging, clanging going on in my head. 19 years ago I was studying for the one-two punch of my NATOPS open and closed book exams. Sitting in the study of my house on Penn C...


September 11, 2020

Valar Morghulis in General

Valar Morghulis Weird banging, clanging going on in my head. 19 years ago I was studying for the one-two punch of my NATOPS open and closed book exams. Sitting in the study of my house on Penn C...


August 20, 2020

Memento Mori II in General

Memento Mori II So here we are two days later. I tried to go to the beach today, but they are limiting access, and the entrance was blocked. There is another way to the beach, down by the fort,...


August 18, 2020

Momento mori in General

Momento mori So I did this thing. After months of tests and planning I got up at 5AM and took yet another shower, using this weird presurgical soap that they warned me about getting in my eyes ...


August 18, 2020

Memento Mori in General

Momento mori So I did this thing. After months of tests and planning I got up at 5AM and took yet another shower, using this weird presurgical soap that they warned me about getting in my eyes ...


I realized after trying to get ahold of my son for months. Yes, months. That my grandson doesn’t know me, or our family history. My son being a way too easily dismissible millennial has no ide...


March 18, 2020

The Night We Met in General

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Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston And never the more will we see you again… I am now officia...


Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston And never the more will we see you again… I am now officia...


January 09, 2020

Wings in General

Once the wings go on, they never come off, whether they can be seen, or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn them with pride, integrity an...


January 06, 2020

Things I Recognize in General

I spent an hour on the phone with Gary last night. He was surprisingly upbeat considering his dad just died. We made plans for breakfast with the boys this morning. I’ve been around too long to...


January 01, 2020

Save Us All in General

Decade End Observations. I started the decade in love. I end it pretty sure it is going to take divine intervention for it to ever happen again. Gary’s Dad died yesterday and nothing in the way...


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