Gary Presley

Blue Skies, Romney’s Taxes, and Why Does the World Exist?

Blue Skies, Romney’s Taxes, and Why Does the World Exist?

Blue Skies, Romney’s Taxes, and Why Does the World Exist? That’s the sort of question a kid’s going to ask, and it’s easy enough to explain: the wavelength of blue light is the same size as air particulates, which deflects blue light in every direction. You may have to tone that down a bit for a kid. But don’t send the kid to read the review of Why Does the World Exist: An Existential Detective Story in the New York Times. You’ll never stop be confronted with questions for which there are no answers. Read...

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BLEEDING TO DEATH

BLEEDING TO DEATH

There’s something about nearly bleeding to death within a few weeks of a 70th birthday that … well, is frightening, of course, but also frustrating. And angering.Stupid body. I don’t want to do this! It gets no better when you consult a gastro-intestinal specialist, and she says “Well, you’ve lived a long life, all things considered.” A little more enthusiasm for celebrating birthday 71, 72, and more, ma’m, if you please … “All things considered” reckons with the idea that I have...

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A CAT NAMED SHORTS

A CAT NAMED SHORTS

The cat’s in the well and leaves are starting to fall The cat’s in the well and leaves are starting to fall Goodnight my love may lord have mercy on us all. Not much for cats, me. I think cats are beautiful and useful animals. But I prefer dogs. Cats are companionable, I suppose, but apparently there’s something in my psyche that requires the, well, neediness within a dog’s nature, their pack nature. How that gibes with my relative preference for being alone, I dare not explore. We have a cat. Shorts is her name....

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