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Good Friday April 14, 1933

THE REVEREND STEPHEN HALE STEPPED into the creek. Ripples formed. Spread. Disappeared into the flow. Trudged onward humming about Christian soldiers. Pants wrapped around knees, dampness creeping up toward the rump. Bible pressed to his chest with his right hand … Continue reading

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Going Under

GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 14, 1933 THE REVEREND STEPHEN HALE STEPPED into the creek. Ripples formed. Spread. Disappeared into the flow. Trudged onward humming about Christian soldiers. Pants wrapped around knees, dampness creeping up toward the rump. Bible pressed to his … Continue reading

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THE DEVOTED SON

DONNIE’S MOTHER MOVED INTO HER son’s waterfront home in L.A. two weeks before Thanksgiving. “Lower Alabama,” Donnie, owner of Eternal Tranquil Chapel, explained to his friends. “A euphemism for redneck culture on the Southern Gulf Coast. Though, actually, SummerSound isn’t … Continue reading

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THE LOVER’S LEAP SOUVENIR PLATE

EMMA DIED THURSDAY MORNING. Buried Saturday morning. Sunday the children went back to busy lives far away. Ed was left at home. Sitting in his recliner. Surrounded by quiet. Alone. Before leaving, the children begged him to stay with one … Continue reading

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Shelling Peas

(from IN MEMORY OF) It was a summer long ago. They were on the back porch shelling purple-hulled peas. The morning smelt of dirt and green. Ever so often a breeze blew. Birds called. Bees hovered over the grass. The … Continue reading

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