Death of a Cardinal

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A cardinal smacked against a south window today, dead instantly. Wolf, the three-year-old has some vague understanding of death but not in a direct sense that has any personal meaning to him. Cardinals are his favorite bird. This is probably because Cardinals are the only bird he can handily identify on our feeders, eagerly pointing […]

The Footie Tattoo

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This is an excerpt from a collection of short stories titled Zunder Tales If you like this story, please consider buying the collection in the link at the end of the story. The Footie Tattoo As Racheal awoke, she automatically began caressing herself testing out the lay of the things. She always did this when adjusting […]

CHIPs

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This is an excerpt from a collection of short stories titled Zunder Tales If you like this story, please consider buying the collection in the link at the end of the story. CHIPs Obidiah woke instantly in his sixth-floor hide. His jolting alertness felt no better after 82 years than it had when he first received […]

Tony’s Tapeworm

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This is an excerpt from a collection of short stories titled Zunder Tales If you like this story, please consider buying the collection in the link at the end of the story. Tony’s Tapeworm On Commonality Tony remembered purchasing a sushi platter from the 7/11, but this was not uncommon in Southern California. By this […]

PUBLIC CHOICE THEORY AND GERRYMANDERING: POLITICAL TOLERANCE FOR THE ECONOMICALLY INTOLERABLE

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This was originally published in the Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law in 2017. Excuse the formatting of footnotes as this is not easily rendered into blog format. TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract 307I. Introduction 308II. Public Choice Theory 312Introduction 312Public Choice Theory Applied to Elections 313III. Antitrust Law 315IV. The Role […]

The Women’s Section

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Full disclosure: I despise the idea of adults being obligated to buy gifts for other adults and pretend to like what they are given. My extended family has come to understand that I am the Grinch and I proudly wear my seasonal boxes with “Merry Grinchmas!” spread across the seat. Still, once a year I […]

CPR and Soup

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It had been a month since the contractors began work at the house down the street. Though I’ve never actually met the neighbors, their constantly barking dog has been obnoxious. I had hoped these repairs meant they were preparing to move and sell. I was on auto-pilot, walking my dog to the same stretch of […]

My Lifestyle is Not a Choice: Fighting for Survival in a Godless Society

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I and those like me are under a constant pressure to conform to a society that has lost its way. My lifestyle is called “a choice,” and because of that “choice,” I am often disenfranchised. I am tired of being a second class citizen in the so-called “land of the free.” Of course I’m talking […]

Trying Poppies

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The following is an excerpt of Notes from Afghanistan which I published as a day-to-day account of a year in Afghanistan as a contractor linguist in 2013. If you enjoy this excerpt, please consider buying the full book on Amazon using the link provided at the end. May 1stI’m going to miss this place; that […]

Four or Five Miles on Merritt’s Mill Pond

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The cool morning air is pressing down on the warmer air directly above the water. I guess it was cold enough last night to justify using the fireplace, because a pocket of wood smoke is pressed between the thermocline. I hope the warmth of the sun will raise the air temperature, because I don’t think […]