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August 10, 2020

While his parents took in a Broadway matinee and ate dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant, a romantic place, the boy child fought imaginary air battles against enemies of America. His parents had left him in the care of his recently widowed, paternal grandmother...

August 10, 2020

When melancholy creeps like lead across the shoulders of a Tampa Bay resident, one possible remedy is only an hour-and-a-half away. Solomon's Castle is a place where you can find smiles, laughter and peace, when they can't be found anywhere else. It is a place where on...

August 10, 2020

All In

         While Mimi waits at the corner of a convenience store about to commit a crime, this is what she believes about herself, and her opinion is largely correct. She had a pretty song once that was whole and charming, but the song became badly broken and remai...

April 10, 2019

When this article appeared, the editor changed the title to “Who Are We and Where Do We Come From.” He was a great editor, but changing the title was a great mistake. Since writing this article, I did meet my birthmother and my sister Leslie. My birthmother did not wan...

March 3, 2019

Time Magazine sent newsmen to interview and photograph me in 1967. Yes, that Time Magazine.

            I was 21 and maybe a Specialist Fifth Class (E-5). I had only been in the Army less than a year, was so bad a soldier that I had to go through basic training twice (d...

December 26, 2018

Race Relations at the 7-11...

August 18, 2018

SUMMER OF THE DOGS  On August 16, 2018, I heard something in the great outdoors of Florida I have not heard in 43 years of being out there, most days for up to four hours.

            At first I thought the sound was coming from an ambulance or a series of ambulances. I...

April 17, 2018

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN CREATIVE LOAFING/WEEKLY PLANET IN 2003 AND HAS RECENTLY BEEN RETRIEVED FROM MY ARCHIVES.

When melancholy creeps like lead across the shoulders of a Tampa Bay resident, one possible remedy is only an hour-and-a-half away. Solomon'...

January 20, 2018

NEWS YOU CAN AND CAN’T TRUST

            When I was a child, my parents took me to Niagara Falls. My grandmother claimed she had seen Houdini go over the falls in a barrel. Who can you believe if not your grandmother? I believed Houdini went over Niagara Falls most of m...

December 5, 2017

The Trouble With Scooter

            Will’s once steady hands trembled from Parkinson’s disease when he raised the plastic spoon carrying the mango ice cream towards his mouth. “Scooter was always asking what happened between you,” he said. “I’ve also wondered all these...

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