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The Naked Irish Truth

March 12, 2022

Today is what many Irish-American Scranton residents and their cabbage-headed supporters call “Parade Day,” as if dawn in the Electric City broke as a high holy day they celebrate by pulling the nails from their hands, ascending into heaven and sitting at the right hand of God. One problem: snow postponed today’s St. Patrick’s Day […]

In America This Morning

March 5, 2022

Carnage feeds fear today in Ukraine. Terrified civilians lack sustenance throughout their nation as desperation and deprivation replace food, water, heat and electricity. In America this morning, my indoor plumbing worked. My commode flushed. One-ply toilet paper felt soft to the touch. Perfumed soap lathered my hands beneath hot running water from the bathroom sink. […]

“Daddy Hates Russians”

March 3, 2022

Speaking into the crackling microphone on the small plane’s radio, the Russian heavyweight wrestler spoke guttural Russian as we flew low and over the stacks of Three Mile Island. “That ought to get somebody’s attention,” I said. The wrestler’s laugh sounded coarse as Cossacks dancing on broken vodka bottles. Ivan and his comrades had rolled […]

So Sorry for Your War: A Short Story

February 23, 2022

Fifty years to the day after Nguyen Van Minh shot and killed Anthony Venezia in the village of Ben Suc, the former Viet Cong soldier knocked on the front door of the house where Venezia grew up. Anthony Venezia’s sister Angela answered. “Yes,” she said. “These are for you,” he said. Overcome with soft emotion, […]

Charm This!

February 1, 2022

Look at this face. Do my many charms immediately come to mind? I don’t think so. In addition to nurturing an irascible personal identity, my writing is equally contentious, defiant and troublesome. Lame critics over the years have attacked me and my work with many epithets. I’ve been called hostile, arrogant, combative, rude, belligerent and […]

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