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Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.
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two shades of blue papercut design for the initial letter “A” with a tree and various birds plus a full moon behind the branches and a raccoon at bottom
©Belinda Paterson

Like this hasn’t been done before…


The story of my stories

rows of standing, old fashioned yellow computer discs
rows of standing, old fashioned yellow computer discs
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There is no proper and neat way to do this.

So one has to find the “best” way, one’s personal way around it until someone else does find the truly best way.

Of course, others claim to have found the best way…if you understand coding and computer science, which I do not. So, screw them. I know how to type and I am rapidly losing that function as well.

Therefore, as an aid for the two people and three canaries who might ever want to go back and read anything I’ve written, I’m arranging my work on MEDIUM in a way that makes it a slightly easier way to find…


I saw your note the other day...thought I had responded, but guess somehow I screwed up from my hospital bed...that's where I was, and where I've just returned from. Sorry for the delay. Checking back now to see if this draft is in the OCEANS pile (not really a pile) or if you've still withdrawn it.


Sorry, Kim, I've been out of commission for about a week. Went to "OCEANS" looking for this and could not find it. Have you withdrawn? Sorry.


Un-responsiveness

Not quite the response you were seeking

beach view of Virginia Beach Virginia with crowds near the ocean on left
beach view of Virginia Beach Virginia with crowds near the ocean on left
“Virginia Is for Lovers”

This — in case you haven’t guessed — is not a “contest” response.

I hate contests.

To make matters worse I am going to seriously bend a big-deal Medium rule and almost copy a piece that was published less than three years ago (in November 2019 to be exact and in great part as a remembrance/memorial to my late daughter…hopefully you’ll see why).

That memorial part won’t wash in May. But all this jibber-jabber will qualify as a “significant rewriting,” so screw it.

The original title was “Virginia Is for Lovers.”

As a decades-long subscriber, I have been indebted to Harper’s for its selection of superior writers like Rachel Carson, Annie Dillard, Nikki Giovanni and Rebecca Solnit, bringing them to my door each month.

But additionally the efforts of their editorial staff in…


Diplomacy Somewhere

The yelling continues while the truce moves on

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The other day Bret Stephens of The New York Times wrote an opinion piece echoing many of the same concerns, themes, and factoids that have been appearing around social media lately.

He began, ominously, saying:

“In recent years it has become an article of faith on the progressive left that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism…”

In fact, this is not “recent” history at all. It is ancient history. And what we’ve been hearing, lately, from supporters of Israel, is about a “recent” shift on the progressive Left towards a blinding of the line between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

Stephens, a former editor at The Jerusalem Post


General Ignorance

Why do we forget the second-most populous nation?

Elderly Indian-Hindu woman in traditional garb of turquoise and blue
Elderly Indian-Hindu woman in traditional garb of turquoise and blue
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According to a report in The New York Times:

“Families [in India] are often unwilling to say that their loved ones have died of Covid. And the system for keeping vital records in India is shaky at best. Even before Covid-19, about four out of five deaths in India were not medically investigated.”

For this reason, despite the “official” current death count of only about 300,000, their reported experts estimate actual deaths may range between 1.6 and 4.2 million at this time with no hope for surcease on the horizon.

Even in a land of more than a billion souls this is tantamount to a Holocaust, yet it is rarely mentioned, hardly existent in the American consciousness.

Blocked out by continual stories of “Trump” this and that, the occasional and, granted, horrific street violence worldwide of…


My Books

But only the second time this year

Actual size…I think. ©Blake Bergeron…but I paid him so I don’t need his permission.

Once again, the news has caught up to my fiction and I swear — I SWEAR — I have no inside information from the government — ANY GOVERNMENT.

This happened before when the whole COVID thing started and I anticipated it in the first book in the series. In 2017.

As “reported” in my third book of the series, THEN THE LIST IS DONE, certain agencies here and abroad were aware of what was taking place in Wuhan before the December 2019 “breakout” of COVID-19 that was officially announced.

Only in the last few days has this information been released to the public through the media.

Sorry. But, once again, if you really want to know what’s going on in the world, you should have been reading my…


The Universal Parable

Deal with it

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A Conservative Jew, A Reformed Jew, and an Orthodox Jew walk into a Men’s Room. Suddenly, one of them, the woman, of course, says, “This place is filthy! What’s wrong with you people???”

The other two looks at each other and one of them shouts:

“The sign outside reads ‘no trans people allowed.’ Get out, motherfucker.”

We Jews have a famous saying — although not in any of our sacred texts — “Never Again.” An interesting concept considering how much we fall into the trap of doing the same things over and over... Think Albert Einstein here.

But I digress. This phrase. Some believe it was handed down from Yahweh. The…


The Southern Cook’s Plight

A local food review

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Because I cook, a lot, and because I have always had a large number of friends from the Middle East, I cook a lot of Middle Eastern foods. So, when I moved to The South, y’all, I went huntin’ — which is what they do down here, a lot — for the best places to find Middle Eastern food supplies.

It not like I live in San Francisco any longer and Middle Eastern stores are right around the corner.

At first, good fortune followed me, and I was allowed to live in or near larger cities where stores provided decent supplies or something similar.

Today…not so much. Sure, it’s easy to find cans of pre-cooked chickpeas everywhere now. But…

Alan Asnen

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