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I spend the week wondering what I can do for him, not just unload but bestow on him to brighten his prospects without, I admit, ever wanting his hopes to glow more brightly than mine and yet, I want him to be happier to receive than I am to relinquish whatever item I halfway hide in the piles of trash by the curb. Read the rest of this entry »

He wasn’t doing enough and he knew it. To live was hard—not impossible, but hard—knowing how little he was doing. However well he did the indispensable work for which he was appreciated and renowned, there were others who did it better, Read the rest of this entry »

I had been seeing her, always at the same place, muttering to the same or similar ducks, for weeks before I ventured to speak to her. If I had not had crackers in my pocket I would never have begun our little commerce with an offer of food, Read the rest of this entry »

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