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michael-seidel's picture
Feb.24.2014
I bought some new blue jeans.  It wasn't easy. Jeans are like everything else;  one size does not fit all.  Neither does one style.  Okay, I'm harkening back to earlier eras but I remember when I could enter some place and order coffee and the question was, "Cream and sugar?"...
jam-hamidi's picture
Dec.10.2013
I sparkle in the lights.I'll make you three inches tallerif you swipe your fingera little higher. She will show off to her friendsover sips of chilled wineeach of my golden flakes, wide-eyed,while having you over. I am tactile. I am stitched by handby old artisans with wooden tools,buffing lovingly...
charles-a-ray's picture
Nov.29.2013
I have but one thing to say - I'm glad Black Friday is almost over. A few more hours and maybe, just maybe, I'll not be bombarded with Black Friday ads on TV every time I walk through the living room - where my significant other alternates between watching Korean soap operas and oohing and aahing...
dorothy-nixon's picture
Aug.02.2013
A gift from my husband.  "Come see this. You'll love what I found," said my husband the other day, pushing me out the front door toward the car in the driveway.   "What is it, now?" I replied.  My husband has this gene, this compulsion to 'garbage pick' as we kids called it...
dorothy-nixon's picture
Mar.31.2013
My 20 dollar haul from Bulk Barn, wheat germ, Scottish oats, spelt spaghetti and millet. Far be it for me to poop on the Easter Bunny, that dentine-detesting harbinger of Spring. But hey. This morning, I drove  to the nearest  Bulk Barn , hoping that their spelt spaghetti was less...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Jan.03.2013
        Crowds are rushing to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum these days to experiece the amazing display of China's Terracotta Warriors: the Legacy of the First Emperor.  Much more has been uncovered in that vast burial site since we were in...
romi-jain's picture
Sep.03.2012
Consumer culture connotes those patterns of human outlook, thought, behavior, and preference that are the outcome of the mighty forces which are dismantling barriers to consumption, sweeping away residues of restraint, and feeding unrelenting hunger that has infinite sources of instant and...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Aug.23.2012
  SAN FRANCISCO--When I was young, I used to eat food taken from a supermarket's garbage bin. We first came to America from Vietnam in the mid 70s as refugees, and my eldest brother got a job working in a supermarket across from our crowded, ramshackle apartment. Among his many chores he...
bob-mustin's picture
Jul.19.2012
My slowly emerging view of Harper's Magazine is a good one. While NEWSWEEK has turned into an unholy marriage of Cosmo and People, and Atlantic Monthly seems headed toward being a blog-like argue-fest, Harper's mixes in-depth reportage (are you listening, Tina Brown?), whimsical asides, decent...
michael-seidel's picture
Jun.30.2012
It's a cool summer day. Rain is forecasted. Now would be perfect for walking. I want to walk but I didn't get up until 7:30, started writing, thinking, then posted some thoughts. Now it's coming up on 9:00. I have errands and chores planned for the day. I'll need to walk later, walk out some...