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The Queen of Love and Beauty

I thought my rival for his affection was his daughter, born on Valentine’s Day.  She was five years old.  He was having a trial separation from his wife, he’d told me.  This all took place thirty years ago. I was […]

The Queen of Love and Beauty

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I thought my rival for his affection was his daughter, born on Valentine’s Day.  She was five years old.  He was having a trial separation from his wife, he’d told me.  This all took place thirty years ago. I was […]

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Christmas morning at the Basilica in Baltimore

A light dusting of snow covered the lawns and the rooftops of the red brick homes I passed at 7:00 a.m.  The streets glistened as rock salt and the

Deconstructing the first half of a mix tape I made for a girl I met two times

Blessed are romantic idiots, for they will inherit heartbreak and weird looks and sometimes the earth.  I am drinking a screwdriver in bed because I can. What a joy to

The Holiday Storm

“We can go some other time,” Eve says to the dashboard. Paul glances at her.  He turns back to peer out the windshield, scared to take his eyes off the

Thanksgiving

You place your napkin in your lap and see that you are still wearing your apron.  You smile.  The table is set with your good dishes on a white

The Greatest Thing that Almost Happened Orioles Baseball 2012

                       "Experience makes good people better."                           “How does it do that?”                           “Through their suffering.”                           “I’ve had enough of that …”                                          - Malamud, “The Natural”   From the wild-card win in

Legacy of my deaf ‘bachelor’ uncle

The Coyles gather for ice cream on vacation in Maine, Aug. 26, 2012. "He was a player," my cousin, Kim said.  We laughed.  It felt better.  My Uncle Al, her father,

Woody: A Newspaper Tale

Mmmmffff. Here comes another one: “Hey, where’s Woody? Didn’t he know this is his party?” “Norm told him. Lisa told him. Roger told him. I told him. Hell, Elaine told him, and

Good Friday

They used a carriage instead of a real horse drawn hearse.  Christ off the cross, stretched out sideways on a seat that can be hired to ride around Baltimore’s

The Man in Plastic

You better believe I dressed up! I was about to make a statement. A girl has to dress for the big events in her life.   Who knows, they might

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