The Program

What he needed was a plan, a program. He sat down and made notes on some ideas about how he could organize himself. There was a healthy eating component, and exercise component, and a work component. Spelling it out, hour by hour, day by day, could keep him on track. Maybe.

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Crawfish

Her rattletrap Ford died in Austin, Texas on July 9, 1975. She wandered the bars on 6th Street until she found a fellow musician willing to loan a couch to crash on for a few days. Her new friend took her to a spot down by the river where a waiter dumped a bucket of crawfish on a piece of butcher paper in the middle of their table. She stared at the mess. She was supposed to eat that?

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Spring

I don’t really care that the exact moment when the sun is directly over the equator comes on March 20 most years. Equinox squeecanox. To me spring begins on March 21 and that’s that. No question about it. Why? Spring is my birthday present, mine personally. And that means it comes on March 21.

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Irish

Is everyone Irish? Everyone I know who has used Ancestry.com gets word back that they are partly Irish. Even when you think you know where you came from, know your family history, there’s this Irish bit in there. Nothing wrong with being Irish, of course. Maybe the Irish conquered the world and we didn’t know it.

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The Road

He sped down the road. I was merely a passenger, stuck in the back seat. I yelled as loud as I could that he was on the wrong road. He cared little what anyone thought because he knew at the end of the road he would find a pot of gold meant just for him. He wasn’t the kind who would share.

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Umbrella

The shadow spread silently under the umbrella of capitalism. It poured into minds and hearts, affirming greed and exploitation. Traditional values such as the importance of the individual and the rights of others grew coated with dark cobwebs of power and money.

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Water

“Oh, hey,” he called. “Did you water today?”

“A little, but not enough. I’ll do more tomorrow when I plant those onions,” she answered.

“You know that bare spot in the back corner?”

“Yeah.”

“Could you really soak it good? I want to put something in that spot.” He smiled at the thought of her softening up her own grave site.

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Inventory

She knew the inventory. She knew right where to take a customer who wanted stretch pants with pockets or a long sleeved white shirt. She also knew her days were numbered. Help for customers was no longer the thing. Now they were supposed to wander the store for 45 minutes, helplessly searching for the item they wanted. And buying more stuff along the way.

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Learning to Breathe

Months of anxiety attacks, months of hyper alert fear, months of bombs falling at random all around her. But now she and he baby girl were free – away – across the border where the bombs did not fall. She didn’t know where she would be allowed to enter, but as long as it wasn’t back where she came from she knew she would be able to learn to breathe again.

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Read the Instructions

He thought he was a mechanical genius who could put anything together without reading the instructions. Sometimes that belief in himself worked out. Sometimes it left us stranded in the middle of nowhere with a car that wouldn’t run. Sometimes we had beautiful bookshelves, but sometimes we had desks with drawers that wouldn’t open.

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