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As soon as I learned to walk, I learned to keep my eyes on the sidewalk. My neighborhood had more dogs than children, and in the era before pooper-scooper laws I knew how to distinguish the triumphal mound of the Great Dane from the delicate droppings of the aptly named shih tzu. I thought I’d […]

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I’d just left the Jewel with a trunk full of groceries that cost about half a week’s paycheck and switched on the radio in time to hear Judas Priest shrieking, “Breakin’ the law, breakin’ the lawww!” Singing along like Beavis and Butthead, I picked up speed and made the turn from School to Marshfield, only […]

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I’d just left the Jewel with a trunk full of groceries that cost about half a week’s paycheck and switched on the radio in time to hear Judas Priest shrieking, “Breakin’ the law, breakin’ the lawww!” Singing along like Beavis and Butthead, I picked up speed and made the turn from School to Marshfield, only […]

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The woman left her counter at a nearly empty Lincoln Avenue thrift shop to show a male customer some merchandise in the back. “Anybody ever buy these bikes?” he asked. “Nobody but you,” she laughed. He pointed to a pair of exercise bicycles. “And these don’t move?” “No, they don’t.” Leaning on a handlebar, he […]

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We’re in the first inning of a little league play-off game, near the end of a long, hot, humid season. Nerves on edge, no one’s happy. One side says the other side has batted out of order, and though it’s just a minor error an argument grows to include several parents. The coaches are yelling. […]

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An impetuous five-year-old was standing on the bus seat next to his mother, pelting her with questions. “Why does the bus jerk?…Can that pigeon ride this bus?…Why does rice taste like rice?” He began to wear her patience down, and she stared out the window, ignoring him. After several unanswered queries, he realized she was […]

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It took a fight to finally get my brother-in-law to baby-sit for our two kids: the Foreman-Moorer fight. My brother-in-law loves Foreman like family, maybe more; he was leading the kids in a chant of “George, George, George” as we walked out the door. An hour or two later we were paged at the restaurant. […]