Category Archives: Memories

Autopilot

When did it get dark? Late afternoon seems minutes ago, but now the sky is dense and inky. You adjust quickly, but the question hangs a moment. You don’t wonder so much why you didn’t notice it before. It’s more … Continue reading

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My Evening with Fidel

Yesterday marks nearly 16 years to the day that I met Fidel Castro while visiting Cuba in December of 2000. His death has sparked numerous articles analyzing his contributions and his mistakes, as well as decrying his despotic measures, and … Continue reading

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The Walk

Yesterday, due to a series of decisions I made myself, I ended up taking a very long walk back to my little room in the little house that is nestled among the hills of Oakland. It was a halfway accidental … Continue reading

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Synthetic Division

‘Spare me the darkness,’ I cried in fear. ‘Have mercy on this frightened child. Keep it distant, keep it far, So that it never touches me, Never knows me, Never tears me from this place of light. The world within … Continue reading

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Exile’s Return

My eyes are on fire, And smoke billows from my lungs. I have passed through flame To emerge with skin charred and cracked, With hair fizzled. My heart has burst from unbearable heat, And my soul is all but seared. … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift, An Unexpected Adventure

Today I missed the sun for the first time in a while. A greying Vienna was letting me go, nodding me onward as I boarded my train and prepared myself mentally for the journey south and another chunk of time … Continue reading

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Being There

Sleepless musings of a wandering heart…   They were going to a ball, but I did not know it. I had come from a ball, but they did not know it. St. Stephan’s Square was filled with a train of … Continue reading

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