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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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The e-mail veggie poem

. We have excess green beans, concord grapes, and tomatoes, and we’re going out of town. Would you like a delivery? We’ll eat ’em, for sure! When are you leaving? We might walk over to your house, our evening exercise, … Continue reading

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Are these children safe?

. Are your children safe? Are anyone’s children safe? As publicity about crimes against children has increased, so has the anxiety about children’s safety. But are children really in more danger now than they were before? When I was a … Continue reading

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the problem with teenagers today…

. … is that they just don’t get involved with their local 4H Clubs, like this high school student at the 2006 Muskingham County Fair.

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“the pure products of america”

“… while the imagination strains after deer going by fields of goldenrod in the stifling heat of September somehow it seems to destroy us It is only in isolate flecks that something is given off No one to witness and … Continue reading

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Paris, the bird market, 1982

On Sundays the flower market on Ile de la Cité becomes a marché aux oiseaux. It used to be more extensive and raucous than today. It began around 7 a.m. and there was coffee and sometimes baguettes or croissants to … Continue reading

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Children, food, discipline, strangers

I understand why this woman is annoyed, with me or with her child, or with both of us. She bought the kid the stick of candy he was whining for, and now he turns away, no gratitude. She lifts her … 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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William Randolph Hearst’s swimming pool

I imagine Hearst in this water with his mistress Marion Davies. But no, that apparently did not happen. This pool at San Simeon, California, served his guests, as did the herd of zebra and the paintings and statues. However when … Continue reading

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Christmas Princesses, 1989

They were cousins, 10, 11, and 12, visiting their grandparents in Colorado in 1989. Their grandmother conspired with their mothers and played to the little girls’ vanity to ‘beautify’ them with matching outfits. They were still young enough to believe … Continue reading

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