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California Streaming

A drive north, up the central coast, never fails to inspire.  The air grows dramatically fresher.  Cleaner.  Crisper.  Drifting a tad closer to nature. Reinvigorates my spirits.  Rejuvenates my soul. 

Places

I was a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19. To UC Berkeley, I am ‘unvaccinated’. I am not. During the summer, I received both doses of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine.

The Greek Hour

God summons Jonah, an Israelite in the Old Testament, into becoming a prophet. When Jonah refuses, he ends up being thrown in the sea and spends three days and three nights in a whale’s belly.

After My Fall

Today, the outside I see appears hazy. Plain and simple. Misty with an occasional blast of drizzle.  I pretend I’m elsewhere. I want to change everything but my thoughts remain scrambled.

French Identity – pt.2

France, the country, increasingly looks different. With a non-white population taking up more visibility than a couple decades back, questions are being raised concerning what French identity means.

Afghan Withdrawal

The American War in Afghanistan, American president Joe Biden announced, would conclude on September 11th, 2021 - the twentieth anniversary of the catalyst of the Afghan War, September 11th, 2001.

Voiceless Bliss

Russians wake up for work, wait patiently for their lunch break, wait impatiently for the driver in front of them as their car muffles R-rated insults. Set apart by their lack of a key right – political expression.

Firwood Crossing

Karl Gorton lived near the end of a windswept cul de sac in Firwood. His daughter Colleen, now based in Indonesia, had gone to Bali on vacation and fallen in love. With a man and the place.

A Mother’s Strength

She grabbed her daughter, desperate to hold her small, squirming body down. Both were exhausted, and Haila was unable to remember the last time that she had slept through the night.

French Identity – pt.1

Heavy beat music playing through the speakers surround a stage for a potential DJ set, drinks at the open bar, an all-round young diverse crowd… the energy somehow feels like an alternate Paris.

Liar’s Poker

A raging burst of mendacity clouds the nation’s skies.  A loser pretends to be a winner.  Can’t accept what happened and just let go. The question is who we’ll find consuming his bald-faced lies.

Frozen Sweat

A tent city.  Sidewalks crammed.  A pop-up colony of geometric domes. Gray stretch plastic structures.  All generously donated. Each tagged with an American flag. Stars and stripes on guard duty.