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Flame Thrower

“Does fire attract crowds?” Expecting an answer is an unshaven guy with penetrating eyes, long blonde hair and a tiny microphone clipped to his scruffy yellow shirt. On the sidewalk behind him sits a large, black speaker, volume cranked high. Who is he talking to? I wonder, looking side to side, hoping he’s asked someone […]

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The price you pay

Rico sets up four lines of coke on the glass-topped table in Jack’s living room and says, “If I looked like you, pal, I’d never sleep alone.” According to Rico, Jack should start dating again now that his marriage has officially ended. Jack says he prefers his solitude. He doesn’t like to feel responsible for […]

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So Zoo Me

I didn’t want to go on this Bronx Zoo outing. I’ve lived nearly 67 years without ever visiting. Never had any interest watching poor trapped souls ache for the freedom of their visitors. When the Seniors Housing Commission organized this trip for my building I ignored it, as I have every year. Why I jumped […]

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