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The Tree That Knows Secrets

There is a tree that grows in the desert, in hot, arid places that receive little rain, in soil that offers not much in the way of nourishment.  1,200 more words


Who Was Captain Swing?

General Ludd, and the army of redressers that gathered behind his name, has become something of an all-purpose avatar for any attitude towards technology that is less than fawning. 3,177 more words


Farewell to the Bubblator—Redux II

Thank you for joining me for the summer redux series. I have been re-posting stories you may not have read, in the fashion of a summer re-run.

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The Duet of Marriage

What does it really mean to be married these days? Has the subtext changed enough to infuse it with a meaning different from decades ago? Besides the obvious legal confirmation of unified forces? 2,322 more words

No One Cares For You a Smidge When You're In An Orphanage*

Most children are cared for by at least one of their parents. When that’s not possible, they’re sometimes cared for by grandparents or other relations. And in some cultures, it would be unthinkable for any other kind of arrangement to be made. 1,254 more words

Agatha Christie

History: Dust covers it, Clio.

An old joke: “Is it true,” the kid asks, “that people come from dust and end up as dust? If so there’s either someone coming or going under my bed.” 266 more words


Chasing Mom down Temple Street.

It’s a big world out there.  Temple Street, Hong Kong is no doubt part of that big world.  The street is mainly an open air market which runs in the day, but is also known as a night market.  902 more words