To Care And Serve

Fifty feet into the tunnel, Evan paused. Thirty minutes to sunset. Twice that to get back to the service road and her truck. Gun on her hip was loaded but wouldn’t do her much good in the dark. Why the hell hadn’t she grabbed the flashlight? The cry of an injured animal echoed in the […]

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Hurley and Crew

Never thought I’d be sorry to say goodbye to the Shiloh Valley Veteran’s Hospital. Spent most every day of my eighteen month residence daydreaming about the moment I’d bust out. Always imagined myself hauling ass out the front door and hollering ‘freebird’ until I didn’t have any voice left. Didn’t quite turn out like that. […]

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Community Spirit

Lou wheeled into the bathroom and pinned Mack to the counter. “Woman, what’s with the Santa suit hanging on my closet door?”                 “It’s a little thing called Community Spirit,” she said, removing the last hot roller.                 “Sounds like a bunch of snowflakes, rainbows, and unicorns. Why the fuck would you volunteer me for […]

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Recycled

– California / Sierra Nevada Mountains – Racing daylight and coyotes at this point. May not be lost but sure as hell don’t know where I am. GPS doesn’t work this far up the mountain, maps don’t indicate private roads, and landmarks are useless in this godforsaken county. Nothing but summer scorched vegetation, red clay […]

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Riding Fences

Not unusual to get thrown by a new horse. Common sense to get back up on it. Best to do it under your own power. But if you haven’t got the smarts to refuse someone’s help, at least make sure he’s your own kind, because a man’s pride is a delicate thing and where his […]

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