• hand to hand

    by  • October 18, 2006 • 2 Comments

    I opened and closed the restaurant today. I swapped days with the head chef because today is his wedding anniversary. I usually work Mondays. I came in today to find I had a great deal of prep work to do. We were out of clam chowder (our signature soup), caramelized onions, and sliced tomatoes,...

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    cards from africa

    by  • October 17, 2006 • 3 Comments

    First things first: my dad’s report was good. The tumor was a stage two and had not broken through the bladder wall. They found no other cancer cells in the other samples they took from his bladder. He goes back for another checkup in three months, but that’s all he has to do. And...

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    finding an old friend

    by  • October 16, 2006 • 1 Comment

    On the way to work yesterday I found an old friend, thanks to Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday. Back in the mid-eighties, a couple of the guys in my youth group in Fort Worth showed up with Billy Bragg’s record, Talking With the Taxman About Poetry. Bragg is an English folk singer with...

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    the terrorists win

    by  • October 13, 2006 • 2 Comments

    The eleven o’clock news started last night with the story of Corey Lidle, the Yankee pitcher who crashed his plane into an apartment building in New York. He was a fairly new pilot who was flying with a friend. Who knows exactly what happened. Since it was late and I don’t like going to...

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    what we don’t know

    by  • October 12, 2006 • 8 Comments

    Today was a rather normal day at work for me except for one finger and one toe. For whatever reason, I both digits are swollen and painful. I’ve kept them slathered in Neosporin and covered, but nothing’s changed for a couple of days. Tomorrow I’m going to the doctor to she what she can...

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    where the street has a name

    by  • October 11, 2006 • 4 Comments

    Since Ginger and I don’t share a day off, we’re working hard to take advantage of any chance we have to hang out together. Since I was not working today, I rode into Boston with her because she had a couple of meetings to attend. We ate lunch together and I stayed in the...

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    company for dinner

    by  • October 10, 2006 • 1 Comment

    It’s late. Today was a long and good day at the restaurant. The weekend was busy, which meant Joe (the other cook on Monday) and I had lots of prep work to do. Since it was Columbus Day, it was also quite busy tonight, so I stayed busy all of my twelve hour shift....

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    a little lower than the agents

    by  • October 9, 2006 • 4 Comments

    Now that I’m down to one job, I’m determined to get some more writing done. On both of my days off this past week I spent a fair amount of time chasing down a couple of ideas. I also spent a fair amount of time looking at writing sites on the Web. I’m toying...

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    what the day had to say

    by  • October 6, 2006 • 1 Comment

    Somedays, figuring out what the day had to say is like putting together a puzzle or breaking a code. Sometimes, on days like today, assembly is not required, only watching and listening, the way you watch a sunset or listen to a mourning dove. I learned something new today: NPR picks a Song of...

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    one of those days

    by  • October 5, 2006 • 4 Comments

    The day started off as if it were going to be one of those days. I walked into the kitchen to find the receptionist at the inn looking frantically for rags because someone (I never did find out who) had split a can of stain on the stairs. Luckily, it was the same color...

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