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A Big Loud Rat

Artwork by my amazing son.

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Welcome to Oregon

We arrived in Portland in record time. It was fairly early in the evening, probably around six  or seven. Of course, in 1978, Portland was a very different place but to all of us it was a magical place, a … Continue reading

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I Did a Quick Stint in Juvenile Delinquent Hall

(art by Edward Gorey) I did a quick stint in Juvenile Delinquent Hall when I was in eighth grade. I like to say I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m finding it difficult remembering when … Continue reading

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My Motivation for Writing

I’ve had a number of people write with words of encouragement as I start this blog. The support has been amazing and I am so thankful that you are reading. I felt a need to write and express my gratitude … Continue reading

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My Stepmother Liked to Race Trains

Originally posted on Raised By Wolves (I Wish):
I had a stepmother who liked to race trains. We would be at the caboose of the train and she would floor it. Her ’72 Roadrunner would thunder down the road while…

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Hot Summer Days- 1976

When I was in third grade we lived in Eugene, Oregon at the base of a long hill on Washington Street. The slope eased about a block from our house at the edge of Washington Park, a large 2-square block … Continue reading

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Double Feature: Alice in Wonderland and Papillion

When I was in first grade I saw that Alice in Wonderland was playing at the local theater. I asked my mom to drop my friend and I off to see the movie – she agreed. We got our tickets, … Continue reading

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Holy Shit, We Killed Jason

We were excited to finally have a small place with a yard. There were a couple of trees and an old wooden garage/shack out back and we were happy to get out of my grandmother’s studio rental that she had … Continue reading

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My Stepmother Liked to Race Trains

I had a stepmother who liked to race trains. We would be at the caboose of the train and she would floor it. Her ’72 Roadrunner would thunder down the road while the four of us kids, unstrapped, screaming would … Continue reading

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