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Mother’s Day ‘Momories’ Straight from the Heart

One of my most treasured inheritances from Mom is a photocopied poem, surrounded by a hand-made sussy purple oval, held in a clunky, old wooden frame. The poem is called “Warning”, by Jenny Joseph. It’s not long: “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and […]


9/11 Memories From an Okie Down Under

Everyone has their 9/11 memories. These are mine. Originally published in 2011. Republished today in honor of those who died. 1. On Sept. 11, 2001, in Auckland, New Zealand, my home since 1993, I was about to back out of my driveway and go to work. What I heard on the radio made my blood […]


Osama bin Spin – What is Truth?

There are times when I feel like a man with no country. I’ve lived two-thirds of my adult life overseas. So even though this Okie will probably always sound like a Yank – damn right! – I don’t think like the average American. I probably never did, but even less so now. When Osama bin […]