Stories

You’ve Got to Make Non-Ordinary Time

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Today I woke up from a three day morphine / oxycodone bender. I’ve had a fever since Wednesday. Turns out, my naturopath’s instinct was wrong; the dull pain in my left side I’ve been living with for a month was a festering kidney infection that finally demanded proper acknowledgment. “I hear you,” I said. And […] Read more...

These Are the Languages I Speak

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I speak the language just under the surface, the things people can’t see, the intentions behind, the outcomes after, the what could be’s, the what was then. I see patterns. My home is a minimalist’s paradise, but my mind is a junk drawer. Ideas bump into and jostle one another — fusing from goo and […] Read more...

We Wrapped Our Canoe Around a Rock

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Mountain View, MO is a small town in the Ozarks. How small? This small. One summer my brother and I wrapped our canoe around a rock and were stranded eight miles from Grandma’s house. An old timer slowed down in his pick-up, looked us up and down while he leaned out the open window of […] Read more...

What Are Endings Like?

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Bring me paprika, cumin, and nutmeg, and while you’re out, think about this: Do you want to be in this relationship? I’d like an answer when you’re back from the store. Endings are an old stubby-fingered hand-wave at the mailbox. The crunch of gravel quickens under your wheels. You wonder, “will this be the last […] Read more...

Hotel Guests Only

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The Historic Hotel Darfur has an open lobby, a welcoming tall-ceilinged expanse. On the wooden, original turn-of-the-century delicate stairs lies tough, multi-colored dark blue specked carpet leading up to the guest rooms. On the seventh step of the Hotel Balch sits a sign centered on the stair facing the entrance to the hotel. The sign […] Read more...

My Mother’s Shoes: Eighteen Shades of Beige

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My mother wore Baptist preacher wife shoes. Close toed, low heel, eighteen shades of beige. Her shoes didn’t draw attention to themselves; more attention for God, I suppose. When she left in the middle of the night, left my Dad with a Dear Jim letter on the table under 3 twenties while he worked the […] Read more...

Want To Make An Impression? Give ‘Em Something To Talk About

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There’s a lot of noise out there. Cutting through the clutter is key. Long-term relationships do that. Often, so does a flash of creativity. Make people stop. Make people smile. If you’re looking for a job, looking to start a new venture, take a minute and try to find a more creative solution for greater impact. […] Read more...

For What Gives Value To Travel, Er Moving, Is Fear

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“For what gives value to travel moving is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we have. We can’t cheat any more – hide ourselves away behind the hours in the office or at the plant (these hours against which we protest so strongly and protect us so surely against the suffering of being […] Read more...

World Domination Summit: I Was Wrong

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The World Domination Summit (WDS) is a provocative conference with a provocative title put on by Chris Guillebeau, an understated provocateur who runs the website, The Art of Nonconformity. The first WDS happened last June. The second WDS happened this weekend. Both were excellent.  And yet I felt conflicted about being there for two reasons. I’m an […] Read more...

Adrienne Rich: On Creating a Creative Lineage and a Body of Work

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Last night I read Austin Kleon’s STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. He gives this advice: Find your own genealogy of ideas.  I know vaguely how the family idea tree — for me — might look. And I planned to draw the tree–to make my creative lineage sometime soon, when I could find the time. And the […] Read more...