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Eye of the Diamond T

Essays

Let me say this about that . . .

Writing/Publishing

About the craft . . .

Fiction

Stories and fables . . .

Parenting

I’m generally in favor of it . . .

Poetry

Some of it even rhymes . . .

Everything Else

I put other stuff here . . .

Poetry: Like

Poetry: Like

“Like”   Ten thousand years of choices Made under the influence Of someone or something. It’s gotten us this far: Cackling invective, Sad pretense of wit. A too-easy intimacy, Casual, though false, Now beamed through screens in our hands.   Our... read more

Drywall Repair as Teen Rebellion

One drawback of growing up with “creative” parents: Being rebellious is hard work. But I found a way. My dad thought most manual labor was below him. He was a musician, songwriter, playwright, and occasional vacuum-cleaner salesman (No lie: You do what you...

Fatherhood: Riding Bikes Together

I had an essential experience of fatherhood yesterday. For the first time my son and I rode bicycles together. But the experience was oddly bittersweet.   My dad and I never rode together. I learned to ride a bike on my 7th birthday. Dad lifted the pre-assembled...

The Real Source of the Obesity Problem

Remember the ads from “A Partnership for a Drug-Free America?” back in the ’80s? It’s time for a revamp. They had the wrong problem and the wrong villains in mind before. Here’s the real problem: The real problems keeping people obese not...

Writing a Book: “Feels Good, Don’t It?”

“Feels good, don’t it?” He said with a big, beaming smile. He’s the security guard at the front desk of the main Phoenix Public library. I think I’ve walked past him for twenty years or more. On his belt are a walkie-talkie and a mace can...

Inspiration: “Sid, You’re Perfect Just as You Are”

I like having fun. Things I think are fun are many and varied. To me, almost anything can be fun.   This — more than anything else — is the key to my own particular brand of success, such as it is. When I decided to write my novel I set my computer up...

POEM: BLACK DISHES AT A YARD SALE

“Black Dishes at a Yard Sale” The dishes covered the table in a stack Among the other detritus Of young married life in a smallish den Long since left behind. The platters, bowls, and saucers black, A hue once thought elegant, But since found to possess a...