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  • The Next Great Epoch: The “New”

    I should be putting more work into what I’m attempting to do right now but, I can’t help but think existentially about what’s going on in the U.S. and the world,  trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together based on where it all came from and where it’s all going and blah […]

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    If you are visually or cognitively allergic to my more esoteric/abstract writing skip over this piece, take two aspirin but don’t call me in the morning.  From the pristine air I’m finally breathing at the cottage the movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” emerged from the fog inside my mind I carried along on […]

  • What’s In A

    What’s In A? Spent the day just giving  giving giving money money money  Getting food food and coffee.   Part of the day I spent  spending, speaking speeding soaking  walking wet in the rain  past  endles endless rows of things.    Things and things and things with  different names  every name a different thing every  […]

  • They’ve Stolen My Serenity!

    I told you yesterday that spring had sprung and i knew because i saw a fly and a bull ant on the floor by the fireplace, a tickling on my arm as i wrote this piece not fifteen minutes ago a tiny spider had invaded my space! There are gnats and mosquitos and other tiny things […]

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy III

      Wondering About the Glory  One day during the golden hour at the end of the day mulling things over while feeding bread to the turtles I wondered, what will it be like to simply keep the gates open and let the water flow when the bladder wants it to flow all natural like?   In […]

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy II

          continued …. “Gosh,” I realized.  “Despite the fact that she doesn’t have an enlarged prostate gland and I’ve never had the urge to commit murder we have a lot in common!” Creative Genius I compared and contrasted the motivations of the diaper clad, crazed astronaut with the agony I feel when I have […]

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy

        The Agony and the Ecstasy The agony of suddenly having to pee with great intensity while cruising eighty five miles an hour on the interstate with no place to pee in sight, cannot be understated! After a minute it hurts. Longer than a minute? It hurts bad. The Eternal Battle In case you’re […]

  • What Is A Gandydancer?

    What Is A Gandydancer? The piece below is a segment of a larger picture. People I know with a railroad background have wondered what the railroad term Gandydancer pertains to?  There’s even a song about the gandydancers ball. My grandfather’s name was Dietrich Sr.  This is a story about how I as a ten year […]

  • Nature’s Life

    She looked with cold indifference  at His efforts to teach us  the connection between our lives and nature. Bridge parties, the daily routines of life and of course  her afternoon naps, were the essential components of Her life. He gave us the freedom to explore the sandy beaches,  the dunes, trout streams and  The Great Lake […]

  • Life

    Life is drama  every step of the way! Intensely fought battles for roles, ideals, ideas, conceptions. Aberrations!! It comes with sin and love with  neglect and abuse, hard fought wars to conquer baser instincts from the onslaughts of those with different roles, ideals or whatever forces there are inside that make us all the same.


    I realize there’s a better way to do something. It feels good to figure something out, to solve a problem.  Comes the epiphany?! Bamm!  The light goes on!  You want to share the light of the discovery.  So you tell about your epiphany.      The driving force behind an epiphany and the need to […]

  • Gile Steele On Tape

    The Gile Steele Tapes; 12:15, Thursday … She walked away from that maternal relationship with deep resentment for the way she was treated, unfairly, she was punished because she withstood the attacks on her self confidence, her self possession her intelligence.  They became rivals and it was the only way she could defend herself.  They […]

  • Hideous Nature, Life

    Hideous nature, life … Ghastly in its death bed/its beseiging compass run its course. Bewildering with its struggles/ writhing in its pain/ desire seeking fire/rifting terrorism’s claim. Severed thinking/ thoughts of creepy crawlies/ struggling through night against all reasoning. There’ll be no full moon tonight to guide the single masted ship sailing saw tooth tiger’s […]

  • The Gile Steele Tapes

    The Further Adventures of Gile Steele; The Man Wearing A Camel Hat   Interview: 12/18/18 TGI Fridays So, I guess it was a couple hours ago.  I was waiting on that table in the corner and over to my left was this guy with all the looks of a typical older guy, white haired with […]

  • Crane’s Obit

    continued … At precisely the same moment the explosion rocks my world I witness the most amazing sight I’ve  ever seen.   Inanimate  I need to look more closely at the bird to satisfy my curiosity about what I had seen or, not seen. I walk toward the mound of gray feathers where the bird […]

  • The Crane Continues IV

    The Verdict  continued ….. I hate them for saying that.  Who are they to decide whether another living thing should live or die?   They look at each other then back at me.  Without saying a word I know the verdict.  I look at the crane, its head feathers tousled by an on shore breeze […]

  • The Crane Part III

    Lowering the Crane  I lower the big crane onto the sand in the open field across from the cottage.  The instant its feet touch the ground its head drops back into the S position. Before running around to the back, I stop and look into its eye one more time.  I see no flicker of […]

  • Constructing the Crane: It’s Alive, It Has Awareness!

    continued ….. its wings, so large that they stretch the length of its entire body from its breastbone to the shorter thin feathers on the backside, it’s feathers lying next to each other, slightly overlapped when not in use, like a tightly louvered fan pointing downward while standing. In Flight I picture its wings in flight […]

  • I Guess It’s Just What You Believe …..

    Of course I have friends on Facebook!  We share the past like, we’re brothers and sisters. So, one of my Facebook sisters wrote this piece as a comment to someone about some sheets that were advertised to help people sleep better. Since I’m from a small town I’m aware that topics like these can become […]

  • The Tragedy

    The Tragedy

    The Tragedy Dragged along on their journey of repentance after the tragedy not kicking and screaming but depressed about losing life long friends to a new world, we ricocheted through time and space to the four corners then home again to where it all began before, hoping to put pieces back together that would never […]

  • The Further Adventures of Gile Steele

    The Further Adventures of Gile Steele

    Further Adventures of Gile Steele So, there he was at the hospital exactly a year later at the same time, same place having the same procedure performed, by the same doctor, in the same room, next to the nurse’s station where a year earlier several factors came together in the middle of the night causing  an unexpected event […]

  • It’s Ironic

    It’s Ironic

    Something funny transpired today  between my nurse practitioner Matt  and Me after our  consultation.   He ended our visit saying, “These are things you have to do when  you start getting  older,” and so we had touched on  the subject of Life.  “Men don’t live as long as women you know. “  “I know,” one of us […]

  • Hideous Nature, Life

    Hideous Nature, Life

    Hideous nature, life … Ghastly in its death bed/its beseiging compass run its course. Bewildering with its struggles/ writhing in its pain/ desire seeking fire/rifting  terrorism’s claim.   Severed thinking/ thoughts of creepy crawlies/ struggling through fright’s night   against all reasoning. There’ll be no full moon tonight to guide the single masted ship  sailing saw […]

  • For tribalmysticstories: A Tribal Mystic Story; Poem For My Father

    For tribalmysticstories: A Tribal Mystic Story; Poem For My Father

    – Poem For My Father – One day he took me to a copse of trees  where we sat under a canopy of  newly formed leaves   above us a clear blue sky  where he gave perspectives to me different from anything I had  learned.   Thoughts from the other side of what we think we know. […]

  • Without Love

    Without Love

    Without Love … we make our way across the frozen tundra of our hopeful desires unaware that beauty rests just below the surface of our painful hearts; a streak of light unseen nestled within each throb of hurt the light of hope the knowledge that Love exists only were it not for the pain that […]

  • FaKakda fakakda

    FaKakda fakakda

    Heard today downtown: “Fakakda this fakakda folker spoiling far a pongha fakakda, the fakakda fun a Yiddisha fakakda? that’s me!  I’m the number one fakakda fakakda best fakakda there is by far! Fakakda Me! Wooh woohwhoospuke spoof woof …. Oye veigh …. so If you don’t think this is funny then I probably need to see […]

  • Where’s My Passport? Look Under the Underwear You Idiot!

    Where’s My Passport? Look Under the Underwear You Idiot!

    I was conflicted.  Should I return the money or go on a spending spree? I thought about going to Brazil or Paraguay or even Chechnia but, I couldn’t find my freeking passport! I looked all over the place! I got so tired of looking I said, “Screw it!  I’ll stay home and watch the Ali Foreman fight on T.V.!” The […]

  • A Time For Sleeping

    A Time For Sleeping

    A Time For Sleeping Saturday was a cold, gray day. I lit the fireplace for a quick warm up. Before leaving the warmth of the cottage I wrote a little more, donned my hoody and coat turned off the gas grabbed my camera and entered the cold but beautifully pure, refreshing northern air. I walked […]

  • London Broil: the End Again

    London Broil: the End Again

    continued …  “she’ll just have to eat her goddamned popcorn with butter tonight  … !  he wondered if she’d know the difference … but, he knew better … ) Two hours later when he got home she was fast asleep in bed. “Hmmmmm”, he thought. He figured that, since the next day was Saturday (and she’d be sleeping in) he’d leave early for his appointment at Peter’s Quickie Loan Place (across the […]

  • London Broil: Butter or Parquay?

    London Broil: Butter or Parquay?

    continued … when he doubled over she called him a doofey unemployed jake ass.  He laughed to himself.  ”What the hell is a ‘jake ass?”  he wondered.  continued … Most nights after cleaning the kitchen he joined her in the t.v. room even though he hated that goddamned western channel … He usually curled up with a book by his favorite author Louis L’Amor. That one night she told him she wanted popcorn. […]

  • Serenity

      I told you yesterday that spring had sprung and i knew because i saw a fly and a bull ant on the floor by the fireplace, a tickling on my arm as i wrote this piece not fifteen minutes ago a tiny spider had invaded my space! There are gnats and mosquitos and other tiny […]

  • Trail’s End: The Great Beginning

    Trail’s End: The Great Beginning

    Hear words spoken softly whispering kindly seeking solitude shelter from the storm. … See withering roses planted the sky above paying tribute, fresh water flowing through breezes in the dark to places unknown on paths never taken. … The never ending search for trail’s end. … The great beginning.

  • That Night At the Lodge II

    That Night At the Lodge II

    Part II A Night At the Lodge It was a cold night! I mean, it was cold as hell! It felt like there was ice between my jacket and my shirt! She had that mink thing on but it only covered her neck! We stood outside waiting for about a half hour!  Finally I said, ‘’Where in the hell are Dick and Jeannie?“ She got that […]

  • A Night At the Lodge

    A Night At the Lodge

    It all started that night when I wasn’t sure what she was asking me! At first I thought it had something to do with skiing! Truth of the matter is I didn’t know WHAT she was thinking but I didn’t want to make waves. I thought that maybe we were supposed to be meeting Dick and Jeannie for […]

  • Inner World

    Inner World

    Inner World Four square tiles, wandering spaces, shapes of faces, coffee groups of three and five talking heads saying something. A lonely person sits and dreams her lonely dreams outside the world inside her. Couples grasping meaning wrapped ‘round shoulders in stages of adulation, their voices echo hands held in wonder, eyes roused with affection, drawn to secret dreams, the face of life’s intent. While store front neon lights surrender to […]

  • Comments On Second Birth …

    Comments On Second Birth …

    “Second Birth” tells the story of the rich and the poor; the depravities and blunted feelings weighed down by greed and the need to dominate the “Outliers” willing to fight for false values and lies I’m always making polar opposite distinctions; the ugly extremes of greed and the hungry souls despairing of life.  People on […]

  • Second Birth

    Second Birth

      See the angry acts of many rich too proud to bond with mother earth their caskets bulge with stolen goods, no thought to share their riches with generosity given freely their greedy souls never searching their habits deadened, never knowing thoughts worth thinking. Some people care within demise their envy keeps them living their thoughts […]

  • My Conversation With the Cat

    My Conversation With the Cat

    My Conversation With the Cat While my wife and I sipped morning tea I told my cat she was beautiful. She squinted her eyes, flicked one ear, dropped to the floor, walked across the back of the ottoman, her tail the only thing visible, looking like a curved round feather moving along the edge, turned right then, right again […]

  • Fred and Ethel

    Fred and Ethel

      By late stage marriage most men want to spend their days talking while most women just want to be left the fuck alone! … Oh jeez! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to do that. Speaking of being LEFT ALONE I’d like to tell you a story but, may I prefix my blabber with a […]

  • I Was Just the Postman

    I Was Just the Postman

    midcenturyman February 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm Edit   A comment I wrote about the poem titled, “When I Was Born.” This is one of my favorite pieces not just because it describes what childbirth might be like but, I think it’s beautifully written.  I like how it flows and trips along with cadence and […]

  • Savoring the Melt

    Savoring the Melt

    Snow covering the ground at 8 by 1 had disappeared. By 5 newly formed powder flakes/bigger than cotton balls/floated downward, /so light they rose and fell a second time/as I passed /turning my world white once again crystal flakes given form/from clouds high above/each its own and unique world/alive within the tiny gales/and silent currents forming/atmospheres above,  […]

  • The Creature From the Black Canal

    The Creature From the Black Canal

    The Creature From the Black Canal They kept warning me about the alligator they saw paddling around the canal in back of the house but, I scoffed at their advice. “I need to whack those weeds along the canal bank!  They’re unsightly!” I said. I waited until mid afternoon so I could work in the shade […]

  • Excerpt: Strange World

    Excerpt: Strange World

    Excerpt After the nurse left his room he thought about what had occurred and in a drug and pain induced brain fog, pulled the tubes from his left arm and, using the food cart as a walker made a half assed attempt to escape the hospital for some unknown reason. From that point forward the […]

  • Purple Words

    Purple Words

    Purple Words – One late Spring day, my students and I walked to the Dairy Queen with the thought in mind that we would capture unique experiences and write about them when we returned to the class room. After lunch, we formed a single file line crossed Monroe Road to the sidewalk, walked west for two blocks, […]

  • Becka


    Earlier, she ate chips and salsa off paper brought to swimming pool’s edge, earlier than earlier. Later, he came with hot coffee sipping looking beyond ahead in front, silently. ‘I bet you can’t drink that whole thing,” she said her voice behind. ‘No. But I can take a really big gulp.’ Chugging, eyes closed vision; […]

  • Jigsaw


    I thought I knew but I knew I hadn’t found the answer to my question. You know you know when you’re spaced out and your brain has been on cruise control for a while and you’re still scratching your head wondering why you can’t stop thinking because there’s still a piece missing just below the […]

  • The Runner

    The Runner

    I watched the runner from where I stood at the forty five yard line in front of the opposing team’s bleachers while on the opposite side of the field at the 20 yard line the runner caught the punt, took two steps backward, tucked the ball into the crook of his arm, lowered his right shoulder and began running a looping arc […]

  • Run Silent Run Deep

    Run Silent Run Deep

    Run Silent Run Deep On waves of hope riding, rising most often crashing smartly smashing wedded myths exploding stars somber chords playing rifts; driving cool rhythms, run silent … run deep … Fractured contagion relegated songs of incantation learning deeds and conflagrations emerging, reaching calmly waiting … total seclusion Other modes of teaching: suffocating group […]

  • Stooley …

    Stooley …

    They told me to take a stool softener since Roxies make you constipated; I decided to try … those little gel caps; gray and burgundy (pretty colors that go together … ) that slip down your gullet pretty easily, so I tore off a chunk of Matt’s homemade all grain bread, started chomping, looked down, saw […]

  • Miriam


    Further adventures of Gile Steel. So, there he was at the hospital exactly a year later at the same time, same place having the same procedure in the same room, next to the nurse’s station, by the same SURGEON where,  a year earlier several factors came together in the middle of the night causing  an […]