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Race Car Circus on I-70

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Sunday night. 7:40 pm. I-70 eastbound. Darkness had set in as we approached the Boonville exits. Two giant 18-wheelers grew rapidly in my rearview mirror. They looked like prairie cruise ships, each outlined in ten thousand tiny amber lighbulbs. Even though Erifnus, my car, was cruising at 71 mph, the first rig passed us quickly. I barely had enough time …

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Born in the Shadow

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The Earth cast a shadow across its moon the night my daughter’s boy was born. The shadow moon glowed red like a fox bathed in dusk. Children know the moon has a face, the face of a man who, during this hole in his spotlight, becomes invisible, hiding from sunbeams that frame the shadow’s shaft. The shadow cast upon no …

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63

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Went ashore. Jumped on a ’63 Schwinn Continental and rode toward the sunset, at turns laughing or lamenting my first 63 years…came back with a bucket list for my next 63, if nothing goes awry…

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Spokes

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Alone, none of them can turn the wheel. A village of spokes. Equal. Indistinguishable. Steady as a watch on a schooner. In turn, each spoke hangs from the rim and holds the wheel for a millisecond until the next spoke inherits the stress. Even though they look alike, each spoke is an individual, and each has purpose and a name. …

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Run Aground

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Nearing the end of a grueling day at sea, I must’ve lost consciousness, fell asleep near some treacherous shoals. When I awoke, the ocean had flung the boat onto shore. Oh well, they say you don’t really become a skipper until you run aground. Then again, this may be the time I stumbled out of a bar and stopped here …

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