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Monthly Archives: May 2017

The War for Mars United, Chapter 19: The Ghetto: Street Fight

May 26, 2017, 10:47 am

After Azalea tossed her back into her cell, Martina waited about thirty minutes. She wanted to be sure all of her body parts were working correctly. She was exhausted and in seven kinds of pain, but she knew she could function. She used her teeth to pare down Azalea’s Wazgretco scrunchie to just its wire. After she finished, the wire was about the length of an extended paper clip. She curved the end of it, like a fish hook. She
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Why Deny the California Child?

May 24, 2017, 5:28 pm

A therapist once told me that it’s important for Dar to continue to try new things. Last weekend was one weekend where he did, thanks to my friend Steve’s wedding in Los Angeles. Road trips are mostly terrific with Dar. The upside is that he loves watching the world go by, and we get to see him happy for hours. The downside is that he keeps tapping his Mom in the passenger seat while she’s trying to relax. Despite his importunements,
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Why The Lambs Won’t Stop Screaming

May 22, 2017, 9:55 pm

Here’s my debut piece for Film Inquiry. List, yes, but it comes from the heart. Why the Lambs Won’t Stop Screaming Share this post

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The War for Mars United, Chapter 18: New Moscow

May 18, 2017, 7:55 pm

Prime Minister Norine Maciel boarded the First Spaceship along with Chatterjee and Senators Samoset, Weaver, Guen-hye, Falke, Ngorongoro, and Yoshimura, as well as their bodyguards. As their ship rose, the New Jerusalem skyline shimmered in the dawn’s early light. Sure, maybe it wasn’t any prettier than Shanghai or New York from this same distance, but this was all built in defiance of Mars’ natural laws, and you could never convince Norine that that wasn’t special. From high above, the trains
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Dar’s two stims of 2017

May 17, 2017, 5:06 pm

These days, when I come home, or when Dar comes home, he walks right up to me and takes my hand. He wants me to do something that he can’t express on his iPad/talker. I could put the requisite icons on his talker, but I’m not sure what words would be appropriate, and I’m also not sure that Dar regularly requesting this particular action would be appropriate. In this situation, Dar leads me to the living room couch. Then he
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2018 Midterm Democratic Party Ad, First Draft

May 16, 2017, 11:06 am

On fivethirtyeight, they’re asking what kind of message the Democrats need to win in 2018. The consensus is that in the midterms, the Dems don’t need to be particularly positive, but only need to attack Trump. I agree and I don’t. Dems should absolutely focus on Trump’s shortcomings. But I think it’s smartest to package that in pseudo-positive language. I’ll go further and present, for the first time anywhere, the Official First Draft of the Dems’ Midterm Ads. As I’ve been
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 17: The Cave

May 12, 2017, 3:08 pm

  Wolverine meat wasn’t as bad as Julia had anticipated. Julia would not go so far as to say it tasted like chicken, but it wasn’t terrible either. Good thing bos could start fires. However, bos lacked shovels, making burying Stuart difficult: they had had to dig with their hands. Afterward, Deleuze had said a few words of eulogy. Watching him, Julia wondered if they would later need Stuart’s body’s meat. Yes, it’s a sick thought, but Julia had done
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R @ 5, Dar @ ?

May 10, 2017, 3:22 pm

“She lost the privilege of loving you, so now you have to love yourself.” Today is our second son’s 5th birthday. Happy birthday little R! Five years ago today, during the first seconds of his life outside the womb, he screamed like a banshee, and I felt as relieved as Steve Young on the 1995 day he beat the Chargers in the Super Bowl. By the time of R’s birth, Dar was 2 ½, and we knew Dar had serious
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U2’s “The Joshua Tree” at 30

May 9, 2017, 10:39 am

Confession time: as a teenager, I spent every Sunday morning listening to Casey Kasem count down the week’s Top 40 songs. I say with confidence that in three years prior to 1987, his dulcet tones had never named the band “U2.” Imagine my surprise, then, when that band shot to #1 with “With or Without You,” followed that up with another #1 called “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and became Kasem’s trivia darling for the summer. I
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 16: The Cell

May 5, 2017, 5:08 pm

Martina Maciel woke up in what looked like a 2-meter-by-2-meter cell, lit by a solitary strip of neon in the middle of the ceiling. Her feet were bound and her hands were bound behind her back. Instinctively, she wormed her body through a circle made by her arms and Wazgretco handcuffs, to get her hands in front of her. Okay, that hurt a lot more than usual. Probably felt like it did for people who tried it without training. Her
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