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Yellow Rope

It was cloudy and gray the first time we put our boat into the water in Grand Marais. The fog was coming soon, the air was thick with risk. There were no other boats on the water. It didn’t matter. Our plan was to launch our boat and take our sullen teenage kids for a…

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Not Everything’s a Big Deal

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: The woman next door keeps telling her dog to sit and he barks at her. She persists. He barks more. She holds up a tennis ball. He barks. Finally, she throws the ball and he runs after it. But he doesn’t bring it back. He’s done with the game. It’s too complex. Like anytime you try to bend a creature to your will. Basically, I think people try too hard to impose themselves on other people and creatures when they should just live their lives and encourage people to follow if so inclined. Like why not throw the ball for the dog on the…

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Cochlear Implant Update

I wear this thing on my head. Looking at it now in the photo, it strikes me as enormous, a contraption. I wonder why people don’t just stop in their tracks and ask me what it is. But they never do. It’s like seeing someone with an artificial leg and wanting to inquire about how…

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Life This Morning

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: My people don’t talk in the waiting room.  They are already tired from asking directions at the front desk and figuring out the receptionist’s instructions. Once they are sitting down and waiting to be called, they want to be left alone. After all these years of becoming increasingly deaf, I know what other hearing impaired people are thinking. Don’t talk to me. Don’t talk to me. I’m saving my concentration and effort for the doctor. He’s the one I need to hear today. You look nice. But don’t talk to me. I look from one door to the other, worried that if I look…

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The Heart of a Father

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”                                                                    – Antoine Francois Prevost I had a father. I’m married to a…

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About a Dad

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: This time of year everyone has a great dad. If your dad is dead or very old, he has become a small legend, a tiny statue with a bobblehead that you can keep on your dashboard so when you pull up to a hot car that your dad might…

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Minnie and BowWow’s First Road Trip in the New Truck

Originally posted on Red's Wrap: BowWow: Jesus H. I feel like I’m riding in a semi, here. A big nut size Bulldog. Hey, smart guy in front, what’s our handle, see any Smokies up there? Give us the word, Good Buddy. Minnie: Don’t bother him. He’s trying to drive safely in the rain. BowWow: Yeah, well, they’re up there with their big seats and their console and their coffee and all their shit plugged in. It’s like they put two La-Z-Boys in a giant box with a steering wheel. Meanwhile, we’re back here on this fucking bench. Minnie: At least we’re not in the back. You know. Where they…

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Missing Something

This picture frame has tormented me for forty years. Each time I pick it up, I remember that the glass won’t stay in place without the tiny bent nails holding the black backing that I lost years ago. Without the backing or the nails the glass is loose and threatens to slice my hand if…

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Hazard

A workman’s nail Rusting on concrete Thorns of poisonous weeds In a vase on the table A fish with teeth We never imagined Gloves folded In the bottom drawer   ________________ The Daily Post: Puncture Photo: Stanislav Stajer

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