Remember

Remember “A Wrinkle in Time?” I loved that book! I read it several times when I was a kid. I think I’ll read it again. But what if I don’t like it any more? That would be terrible. Have you read any of your favorite books over again years later? Now I don’t know what to do.

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Don’t Inhale

I love my environmentally friendly, plastic-free, stainless steel coffee press. Makes good coffee, but you do have to deal with coffee grounds floating around in your cup. As a public service, I want to warn you that inhaling coffee grounds in a big breathy slurp is a serious irritant to your breathing apparatus. No slurping allowed.

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April Fool

She was no fun on April Fool’s Day. She was so gullible, every day was April Fool’s Day for her. She fell for everything.

She could never play a joke on anyone. She didn’t get how it worked. That’s why it was such a surprise when  . . .

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One Liners

He used one-liners from movies for everything. It was as if he never had an original thought, but could only regurgitate things he’d memorized. The strange thing was, it was always appropriate. It always worked in the context where he used it. He could learn the entire dialog from a movie in just one viewing. I once asked him if he didn’t start talking until he was old enough to watch movies, but his response was a line from War of the Worlds.

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Riding the pencil

The pencil attached itself to the fingers of my right hand and seized control. My hand was riding the pencil, which had an agenda of its own, independent of my editorial mind.

The pencil wrote. And wrote. And wrote. When it was finished, I dropped what remained of it on the desk and went for a walk in the sunshine.

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The Bike

“What kind of shape is the bike in?”

“Why?”

“I thought I’d take it out for a spin. You don’t have a flat or anything, do you?”

“YOU are going to ride my bike? Grandma, you’re old.”

“Yes, I am. I’m an old granny who wants to go for a bike ride. So, is your bike fit to ride?”

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An Accent

“Is that a Manchester accent?” he asked.

She ignored his question and returned one of her own. One more to the point.

Again he deflected her question with another off-topic question of his own. This one more inappropriate than the last. She rearranged her face to show no expression and again asked a relevant question.

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The Neighborhood

The neighborhood was full of indistinguishable, look-alike houses. Scraggly, cheap trees planted by the builder struggled to survive drought and neglect in front of some the homes. The stucco cracked, the sidewalks buckled, the roofs leaked, but the people persisted, the people survived.

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Both Sides, Now

“Stop being so damn fair-minded!” Red-faced and strident, she got in my face. “You cannot consider both sides. Not now! You have to just help me. Right now. Without asking questions.”

She stopped spitting words at me and waited. It was against all my instincts, but I said, “Okay. Let’s do it.”

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Big Yellow Taxi

He stepped off the curb into the path of a big yellow taxi. Brakes squealed, there was shouting. Honking began immediately. He reacted to none of it but continued walking and crossed the street unharmed. He never looked up. He didn’t seem to know he’d almost died and that a street full of angry drivers were shouting at him.

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