Category Archives: Stories and vignettes

An unexpected phone call

I got a call earlier today from my friend Tom. We caught up, talked about the fiasco the president has been making of immigration and human rights lately, and since he’s been under the weather lately, I asked him how … Continue reading

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The monster of Passion Puddle

We live by a Rutgers campus with a large open space that slopes down into an artificial pond that serves as a detention basin for stormwater run-off. Artificial or not, it’s a scenic pond. Passion Puddle, as it’s known to … Continue reading

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The bogeyman under the bed

Tonight my daughter woke me, crying that someone was underneath her bed. I walked her back to her room and made a show of checking under her bed before tucking her in. “Who would be under your bed?” I chuckled … Continue reading

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‘Macbeth’ at the haunted theatre

Several years ago, a theatre I’m aware of was preparing to stage a production of “Macbeth” in its black box, where the stage was in the middle of four sets of raised seats. It’s one of Shakespeare’s best-known shows, but … Continue reading

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Death by milk

I never met my Uncle Blair. The son of my grandfather with his first wife, my uncle died young, I believe at the age of 8 after drinking what today some health food enthusiasts celebrate as “raw milk.” He died … Continue reading

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On the occasion of 20 years together

So around this time 23 years ago, I called a certain college sophomore on the hallway phone and, when someone finally answered it and got the wrong person, and then after they figured out who I really wanted and got … Continue reading

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‘Ware the minotaur in the school

Every day this school year as I have dropped Youngest off for school, I have called after her, “Watch out for the minotaur!” She asked me once to stop. My reaction: But if what she forgets to watch out, and … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bushy Run (and what came after)

You’ve probably heard me talk about the Shades of Death before. The Shades of Death is the name melodramatically bestowed upon a large wooded area around Sulfur Creek in Level Green, Pa. Over the years housing development and other marks … Continue reading

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The time Sandman went to SCAD without me

About 15 years ago (give or take), my close personal friend Capgras Fregoli went away to school at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in sequential illustration. This is a fancy-schmancy way of saying that she … Continue reading

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Room for One More

It was 3 a.m. Friday and Maggie was wide awake. Maggie is a thirtysomething single mother with three children, a mortgage, and a job with a salary that plateaued even as its responsibilities and the cost of living have continued … Continue reading

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