Archive For The “Here I Am” Category

The Ten Worst Years Of His Life

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The Ten Worst Years Of His Life

Damaged people are dangerous.  They know they can survive. – Josephine Hart Before I forget again. Spent most of my life pretending not to be crazy. What a waste of time that was. Apparently must be mentioned – be completely insane not to – didn’t always fool everybody. There’s been some talk of some talk….

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The Cold Warriors

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The Cold Warriors

So, there we are.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  One weak mustache. I must be standing in a hole.  Guy in the middle disappeared.  Still looking for him.  Here he peers over his shoulder for border guards and German shepherds. Found my buddy on the right after almost fifty years.  Retired as a…

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Ode To Mom

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Ode To Mom

Spent my first seventeen+ years with this woman.  She spent her last seventeen+ years with me. The stories are old, her memory remains young. – JDW My mother was discovered dead in her recliner. The television played on. Know she died the night before. Watching ‘Jeopardy.’ Vana probably turned the first letter and Mom hollered…

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The Scream Redux

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The Scream Redux

Here Comes Donnie Doo Doo! The following appeared originally about a year ago.  Early May 2016. When we still had time to save ourselves. – JDW A reality television star.  Really? Quite by accident like when your worst nightmare comes true. Like that time when you almost drown in Winnipesaukee not even old enough to…

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May Day May Day

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May Day May Day

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. ― Leo Tolstoy   Clark Kent had his telephone booth, the old man had his run. An hour of movement, feeling the air. Far fresher at eight-thirty in the morning. He moved stiffly, then less stiffly. Before you knew it, he…

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The Illustrated Bukowski

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The Illustrated Bukowski

“there are worse things than being alone but it often takes decades to realize this and most often when you do it’s too late and there’s nothing worse than too late” ― Charles Bukowski  

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I Am

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I Am

The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.–Thomas Carlyle I am I am my own performance piece. I am my own worst enemy.  And I know it. I am surprised to be here.  Still. I am…

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Artists Are Our Canaries

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Artists Are Our Canaries

The newspaper’s publisher’s mother thought I was the best.  The newspaper publisher, not so much.  The man actually said, Jack can’t be trusted not to tell the truth.  Here’s a column published August 22, 1990. – JDW Did you ever notice all the thigh that bronze goddess Portlandia is flashing?  Does Jesse Helms know about…

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Fake News Trending True

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Fake News Trending True

Breaking News!!!! An unidentified White House source leaked the following: To help save the nation’s economy, the Federal Government plans to announce next month the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors. (instead of bad hombres with calves the size of cantaloupes) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs.  Illegals are needed for yardwork and…

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I Am Not My History

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I Am Not My History

I am not my history. The young redhead handed him a forgotten file now found. Which the old man opened and saw yellowed newspaper columns from when he was thirty years younger. And I quote.  It all seems to have so little to do with me, for I am not my history.  There’s something internal…

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