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flax-golden tales: take a seat

take a seat Come in, come in and take a seat, but please don’t wait for the show to start. It has already started. You probably thought it would begin once an audience had assembled, we apologize for any confusion. The show began before you arrived and it will continue after you leave. (It may […]

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miscellany & keys

  I organized my jewelry earlier this week and realized just how many pieces of jewelry with keys I have. Some of them are cast silver but most of them are actual keys, skeleton or otherwise. There are at least three or four more in addition to what’s pictured, plus a very tiny one that has […]

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flax-golden tales: the dog will see you now

the dog will see you now I heard from reliable sources that the cat who lives at 23 Pine Street can answer any question but when I get to number 23 Pine Street there’s no cat, just a gardener outside who stops digging up long-dead begonias to inform me that the cat’s owners moved to […]

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ice cream

Yesterday when I went to the dentist to get a crown that I was supposed to get back when I had bronchitis but had to reschedule and it turned out I needed a root canal. Luckily my lovely dentist just sent me elsewhere in the same building to another lovely lady who happened to have enough […]

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flax-golden tales: mind the bell

mind the bell They used to say “Mind the Bell” mostly as a… what’s the opposite of a greeting? They’d say it when bidding farewell to someone, sometimes turning it into a single word: mindthebell, or minddebel. Nobody does it as much anymore, but teachers still say it at the end of class, because their […]

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blossoms & tiny thoughts

Last week I managed to get a cold again because 2014 is apparently the year of me being ill, but I’m feeling better this week. I even managed to sit under cherry blossoms in the park. I’m still finding petals in my bag from the cherry blossom rain. The new Tori Amos album, Unrepentant Geraldines, […]

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flax-golden tales: elevator to your destiny

elevator to your destiny There’s an up button and a down button but they don’t really mean what they say. It’s a preliminary test, to assess your state of mind. (They’ll tell you in secretive tones that up is always better than down, but that’s not at all true.) Once an elevator decides to let […]

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may is making me sneeze, but it is pretty.

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flax-golden tales: pray to strange gods and receive strange answers

pray to strange gods and receive strange answers The strange gods are gods of the in-betweens and the unnoticed things, but they are still gods. Gods of lost socks and orphaned foxes and 3:52pm. And they will answer your prayers, if they are in the mood. Say hello and wish them well and hold out […]

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