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The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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Chinese Market!

I took my freshman college students on a “market tour” a couple of weeks ago. Most of them had only seen American grocery stores, which are all the same, varying only in clockwise or counter-clockwise shopping pattern and whether or … Continue reading

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Thank you

In this time of short days, we give thanks, for darkness is temporary and the light of simple things shines through. To be with loved ones, to be safe, to be warm and out of the snow, to have food, … Continue reading

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“How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr. Death ?”

Since the latest Massacre of the Week was a bit worse than usual, maybe we could ask why all these guns are needed? I have lived in some rough places – South Brooklyn, Beirut, Bilbao during the Basque terrorist era, … Continue reading

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La Jolla wedding

Six rows by five chairs bride side, bright sun groom side all missing not even seagulls

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The Hog Barn, Athens County Fair, Ohio, 2002

Phrases like “salt of the earth” come to mind when I look back on these pictures, though perhaps “heart attack” is more appropriate. Like much of the Midwest, each county in Ohio still has an annual county fair. The people … Continue reading

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Fasching in Ulm, Bavaria, Germany, 1987

And then they started to dance, the older people that is, for they were the most moved by the memory, the spirit of this tradition. Something got dusted off in their souls and as you will see in tomorrow’s pictures, … Continue reading

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