Category Archives: Loose Chunks of Debris

Fiction, semi-fiction, thoughts, essays, haiku, and all other posts that strike a chord.

Ant Patrol

It’s 2 a.m. and there’s an ant crawling along the edge of my laptop screen. Continue reading

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What Ellis gave us

I have a folder in my filing cabinet called ‘Ellis Avery’. It’s filled with my semester’s work in her Master Fiction class 10 years back, and, more poignantly, the notes she’d handwritten in the margins. It also holds several manila … Continue reading

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Handiwork

Summer near the ocean brings balmy air that frizzes hair and seeps humidity into crisp dry sheets no sooner than you lay them down. But it’s nothing compared to what it does to the outside of a house. After a … Continue reading

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The Human Side of Business

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William Burroughs, Gore Vidal, and Los Alamos

Perhaps the most antithetical place on the planet to mention on or around Earth Day is Los Alamos, New Mexico, site of the development of mankind’s ultimate destructive weapon for Planet Earth. Yet that’s where I found myself a few … Continue reading

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A Dogs’ Graveyard

In the 1920s, two wealthy, avant-garde sisters from New York stopped in Santa Fe to get their hair done, fell in love with the landscape, bought several acres and created an artists’ respite called El Delirio. Amelia-Elizabeth and Martha White … Continue reading

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Aviophobia

April 1. 11:17 p.m. We’re somewhere over Kansas and climbing. I watch the speed and altitude while I fly, wondering what cockpit chatter is about, trying to put myself there to understand. I’m a nervous flier. I question every little … Continue reading

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This Is Not Us

When I see Cialis commercials or Celebrex ads, or other doses of retirement-is-carefree dopamine, to me the couples look like they are about 49 or 50 and have just been given silver hair for the commercial shoot. The images in … Continue reading

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Retirement 101 (or how to live on half your income)

When I mentioned to someone I work with that I am retiring from my job, she said “Not retiring ‘from,’ but retiring ‘to’ – that’s the new way of thinking nowadays.” Well, I have to confess that retirement planning feels … Continue reading

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Best of 2017 – Atlas of Remote Islands

When I was a kid I loved to sit in our basement and read about things like breeds of dogs or cats, or the 10 wonders of the ancient world in those child encyclopedias. This year, the book Atlas of … Continue reading

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