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America, the Easily Offended

This country is beside itself, wringing its hands and worrying about whom it’s going to offend next. Victoria’s Secret recently ...

Infernal Preordination

The crime that happened to John and Revè Walsh’s son Adam was a desecration to our collective values as well ...

Vending Machines

I miss the vending machines that existed when I was a kid. My two favorites were at the San Diego ...

Those Crazy Cats

One of my favorite cat cartoons.

What's Wrong with Me?

A few years ago, my mother told me something I’d never known or even suspected: she is extremely shy—like me. ...

Things

Things. They’re everywhere. They surround us, and they all belong to someone else. Someone owns almost every thing we see; ...

Hitching a Ride

One afternoon, while I was working at a hair salon in Ocean Beach, a young man came into our shop ...

Jellybeans and Brine

There are a few very old memories in my head that have endured for many years. Three of them are ...

Rite of Spring

One morning when we were living in Louisville, Kentucky for two years, my daughter, Daisy, and I took our Malamute, ...

Beneath the Lime Tree

My mother introduced the Thanksgiving tradition of chasing my terrified little brother Jason around the house with a raw turkey ...

Mystery Fishing

Our Halloween carnival at Ramona Elementary was a typical holiday inspired school carnival with cakewalks, games, candy apple stands, a ...

Trick or Treat

I was eight years old when my mother’s side of the family got involved in making Halloween costumes for my ...

A Day in September

On a warm September morning, my four-year-old daughter, Daisy, and I were preparing to take Buddy, our Malamute, out for ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World # 6

We were having fun, Daisy and I, but the knowledge that Honey Badger and the most beautiful squirrel in the ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World # 5

For the remainder of that day we trudged wearily through the zoo. Daisy and I couldn’t distant ourselves from the ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World # 4

For me to be interested in a bird at the zoo it has to possess either brilliant colors or a ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World # 2

The beautiful squirrel, and the Honey Badger too, really made an impression on us. Daisy and I found the beautiful ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World # 3

From that first day we saw them, we always visited Honey Badger and the beautiful squirrel whenever we went to ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World # 2

The beautiful squirrel, and the Honey Badger too, really made an impression on us. Daisy and I found the beautiful ...

The Most Beautiful Squirrel in the World

I wrote this four-parter about a year and half ago. My daughter, Daisy, and I either visit the San Diego ...

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