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Friday, November 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Uncle Fudd

I had used my Expo ’74 season pass at least a dozen times before Uncle Fudd and Aunt June came for their annual visit. My sister and I didn’t really …

Monologue for a Tilt-A-Whirl

We don’t mean to make you sick. We mean only to remind you of the essential rule of chaos to which all things in the universe are, or should be, …


“This is all about the environment, kids,” Mom tells Ernie and me. She opens an arm up toward the river, which is slow-moving, wide and clean. “It’s all about how …

The Night Belongs to the Clowns

Benji’s pock-marked green Geo Metro — the one with glittering rims on the front wheels and donuts on the back — announced their arrival, rocketing a storm cloud of brown into the …

Sunday Morning (With Apologies to Raymond Carver)

Breakfast: a half dozen scrambled eggs, fried salami, a glass of chocolate milk; and one trip to the toilet until his hand steadies. The half-open window bleeds light onto the …

All Weaknesses Peculiar to Men

His favorite combinations were the contradictions, the strange ones. Brassieres and pistols. Windmills and bustles. He would scissor the images with an exactitude he found calming, seeking the perfect separation …