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I've expended quite a few words to explain why I try to keep high school memories at arm’s length. At the same time, formative...

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Make your own fun, but I will not carry a gun

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Them ominous vultures

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ON THE AVENUES: A design for life

Originally written in 2016, lightly edited here. Throughout my decidedly mediocre high school basketball career, members of the coaching staff often administered what they surely...

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This one was written in 2009 and revised in 2014. It hasn't appeared anywhere since, which makes it ripe for a rerun. The biggest...

The house painting job

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ON THE AVENUES: Welcome to “Pagan Life,” a weekly column devoted to heathens, infidels,...

ON THE AVENUES is the name of my longtime column at the former NA Confidential. It makes the passage to Exile on Spring Street....

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In a rare display of resolve, I've been meatless (red meat and fowl) for the first two months of 2021; might as well go...

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