Listen Up

I’d seen hawks in the area for several days, and I wanted to stop and sit, listen up, and hear their cries. There’s a bench under a tree near where I’d seen the hawks, so I sat there. The world is really noisy! So many birds, and barking dogs, cars passing down in the street, and people trudging by saying good morning. At least the abundant bunny population in the area was quiet with me, alert for a hawk.

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Cover Up

We catch all sorts of public people in cover ups. Somehow their dirty secrets become known. But think about all of our curated lives these days – what we post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. We cover up our own failings and shortcomings in favor of posting the material that makes us look interesting and happy. It’s just that nobody cares enough about most of us to investigate our cover ups.

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Favorite Food

It was one of those games where you have to reveal things about yourself. The question was “What’s your favorite food.”

“Bread,” I answered. There were hoots of laughter as they all shouted “BREAD” in shock.

“Not ice cream or chocolate?”

“No. Bread. Deal with it.”

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Family Dinner

If I could find enough bread and peanut butter to feed myself and my little brother that was family dinner. Our mother would be on the couch passed out. Sometimes she had some money in her bag. We’d take it and go to the food mart in the gas station to get milk and bread and cereal. Sometimes they had bananas. That was a good day.

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If I Had a Hammer

I held the defunct hard drive, looking at it and wondering how to safely dispose of it. If I had a hammer I could smash it into oblivion. If I had a tub of acid I could reduce it to liquid. If I had a fireplace I could burn it beyond use. But I have none of those things, so what am I going to do with this damn thing?

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Catastrophe

“There were a lot of catastrophes in that show, but, not really. I mean, the things that were supposed to be catastrophes were actually blessings. Well, sort of. You know?”

He nodded, not really listening, his phone hidden under the lip of the table held more interest.

“So, that’s how I feel about the results of the amniocentesis. It seems like a catastrophe, but it isn’t really.”

His eyes snapped up. “What results?”

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23 Ways

“I looked at Google Maps,” the police officer said. “There are 23 ways for you to get from your apartment to your workplace. I suggest you learn to use them all in a random rotation.”

“How will that protect me from that madman?” I asked. “He still knows where my apartment is. And I’ve moved twice and changed my phone number 6 times!” I don’t know why I bother with the police, they can’t do anything to help me. They are useless. Maybe after the fact, after I’m dead, they can make my parents feel better by arresting . . .

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Walk the Line

“Tell me about yourself.”

“Well, I’m a straight arrow, a walk the line kind of guy. I play by the rules. I can do exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.”

“I see. Do you consider yourself a creative thinker?”

“Sure, everyone is creative. I like to decorate my cubical as much as the next person.”

“Thanks for coming in, but we can’t use you.”

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Go outside

Having a hard day? Go outside. Look at the sky, the clouds. Listen to the birds. Check out the flowers. Breathe. If you can take a walk, do that. The world is there, waiting to remind you that there is beauty and calm available outside.

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Solar

If The Graduate came out today, the advice given to Dustin Hoffman wouldn’t be “plastics” but “solar.” That’s where the economy needs to go, must go, will go. Countries that get there first will be the countries that survive the coming catastrophe. Young people looking for work, I’m telling you right now, solar is where it’s at.

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