Category Archives: Stories and vignettes

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I wrote this as part of a scene in a story. In it, a young Lisa is complaining to her father about the bullying she’s been receiving at school, and he’s trying to help her find an appropriate response to … Continue reading

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Attention whore

I have a confession to make to everyone: I am an attention whore. Please look at me. I love to be noticed. It’s the remedy for what ails me. You see, as New Jerseyans, we live like ships at sea, … Continue reading

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Meet the idiot

Meet Idiot David Learn. Idiot David Learn lives in Canada and recently spent $2,946.44 Canadian to take a companion to a posh resort hotel in Montreal, beginning tomorrow and continuing through Monday. Idiot David Learn does not know his own … Continue reading

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Glad to have you here

I was at the supermarket today when a woman wearing a niqab got in line behind me. For those unfamiliar with styles of Muslim dress, a niqab is an outfit worn by women in the more conservative sects of Islam. … Continue reading

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Of six-legged pigs and dwarf elephants

Twenty-some years ago, when my wife and I first started dating, I noticed that in her collection of stuffed animals she had a pig and an elephant that were cut from the same cloth, almost certainly in a literal sense. … Continue reading

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The Stolen Brain

Fifteen years ago, we had a foster son named Isaac and a dog named Sandy. Isaac also had a stuffed yellow dog that looked like Brain from the “Inspector Gadget” cartoon show. Not surprisingly, we called the dog “Brain.” One … Continue reading

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Lumpy

About 15 years ago, we visited a new church in the West Windsor area with our foster son in tow. “What’s your son’s name?” someone asked. “Lumpy,” I said. Once the laughter had subsided, I admitted “That’s not his real … Continue reading

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The philosophy of quarters

Friday afternoons I work at an art academy, where I manage a cleanup crew of teenagers. My experience is that teens are an intelligent bunch, by and large, but sometimes limited in experience and not always ready to admit to … Continue reading

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Celebrant Singers

One of the strangest concerts I’ve ever seen was when a charismatic worship team called the Celebrant Singers came to Port-au-Prince and sang at Quisqueya Chapel. Yes, an English-speaking praise chorus came to Haiti as part of a ministry. I’m … Continue reading

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Homoerotic subtext in ‘Waiting for Godot’

With a family of theater afficianados, it’s inevitable that dinner conversation on some days will revolve around theater. Tonight it was Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.” I was in the show a few years ago. Oldest Daughter was an assistant … Continue reading

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