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Dad has gone and left me with this box of I don’t know what. It has stood like a book on the cookbook shelf with undiscarded yellow pages and other worthless paper, Read the rest of this entry »


I will never be friends with Besmir Hoxha, but he didn’t let the baby die, so I cannot expect my children to hate his children. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Worm has been nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize by the editors of east to west: bicoastal verse, where the story appeared in the Spring ’08 edition.

My sincere thanks to PJ Nights and Ray Sweatman, co-editors, who placed the story into nomination. The odds against an actual award are very, very long, but so were the odds against this deeply appreciated nomination.

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Read Little Worm here.

If I look you in the eye, it’s for what I need to know. You’ll learn nothing. All you need to know is this uniform and the benevolent authority it represents. The more you fidget and try to persuade me, the solider I stand in these black shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

We all know the good girls and the men they travel with. I saw them this morning at the pet market and didn’t think anything of it. They were receiving instruction, yes, that is often the case; it is an education for them to be among people. Read the rest of this entry »

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The pen name David B Dale honors my parents Beatrice and Dale. David+B+Dale = davidbdale

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