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No Room at the Inn

Early morning, December 25, 1971.  I have just crossed through the Zion Gate into the Old City.  It is cold and foggy, though the snow of a few days ago has melted.  Cold as I am, and lacking sleep, it … Continue reading

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Money Shot

Here I am back in New Mexico, May 2014, five years since I retired.  Not the same New Mexico really:  I worked down south in the desert, teaching college, and Charlie’s ranch is up in Georgia O’Keeffe country, high in … Continue reading

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Options

“I bet you’re excited about this, finally getting to San Francisco!”  That’s Danny, the driver. I laugh.  “Yeah, I really am!” We’ve just left Las Cruces.  My retirement, my emancipation, took effect a week ago, July 31, 2009.  Another car … Continue reading

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Indigo (v 3.0)

Part I [Transcript of meeting; eyes only] In the absence of the unit’s chief officer, Aharon Migdal convened the meeting at twenty minutes past noon. The location was in the “bottom-secret” basement. Although there are other windowless rooms, Aharon had … Continue reading

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Pendulum: Four Voices

1. New Life His asthma had been getting worse and worse throughout the year, so when the doctor said the strain had weakened his heart, he believed it.  The doctor went on, seeming to decipher the scrap of EKG paper … Continue reading

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Such a Jew

You’re a new oleh, aren’t you, a new immigrant?  From where, America?  England!   Good.  They don’t have beaches like this in England.  Not this time of the year, anyway.  By now, Brighton’s all shut down, no?  I knew a lot … Continue reading

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Dignity

Jimmy showed up out of nowhere one day at the firehouse.  The town had a volunteer force at the time — this must’ve been 1950 — and we’d just set about getting up a regulation fire department, and he came … Continue reading

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