Epiphanies

His Subtle Speech

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A gentle nudge at the fork of the road

Boxing Out

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A Note

The Spitter

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Spare the frogs but not the scorpions

The Island

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Where I’m from

The Eloquent Silence of It

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Sometimes you don’t need to fill the gaps

His Listening

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A celebration of a rare and extraordinary thing

The Bulletin Board of Your Head

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Who has a ponytail at 70?

Crush

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The way she flowed into that bus

Cinnabar

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In praise of the One O’Clock Fox

Friday Morning Pop Quiz

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(There will be no extra credit)

Playing Ball in Brooklyn

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Sweep before you leap

The National Sport

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A note on Aussie football with the season Down Under now underway

The Old Sneakers With Which We Mow the Lawn

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A love song

Conscious Fouls

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A season-ending note on roundball

The Hills and Dales of Their Father

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Remembrance of a Saturday morning

What Is Snow Like?

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For starters, it’s cold

In the Rain by the River

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All that’s missing is an ark

On Scouting

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A note

The Guy Who Wore His Son Like a Scarf

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What’s more important than a game?

A Letter to the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh

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(Who Just Issued a Fatwa Forbidding Chess in Saudi Arabia)

A Note on Shots

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Will it go through a hoop? Then launch away …

Why Do We Not Sing These Things as Miracles?

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I say flip-flops, and you think …

Pregnancy

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A Note

How to Change a Diaper

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What we talk about when we talk about love

The Gagger

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No good deed …

A Boston Story

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Good business for the neighborhood

The Black Hole

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Throw the ball in, and it’ll never come out

Huddle

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Hidden scars that should be revealed

Death of a Velociraptor

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Getting Guys for a Game

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Life’s too short not to play

The Holdup

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Nothing to see here

The Praying Mantis Moment

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You’ll never see this again

Prelude

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The magical moments before the game

The Columnist

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A note

The Inexhaustible Quarry of Memory

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The things that make me laugh, still

Anniversary

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Two lives, astounding and rich

A Note on Ironing Boards

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They may be stashed away, but try going to Mass without one

The English Empire

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A note

Thomas

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A voice from the street

Backpacks

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That time of year

The Eleventh

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In memoriam

Angeline

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Our language was banter

Barefooting

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An ode for the end of a season

John Wayne

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A Note

Masks

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When you want to be what you’re not

A Mohawk in the House

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Memories of a pretty good day

O Canada

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A celebration of our cousins to the north

Where the Blue Begins

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The joy of falling into books

The Barbershop

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A fixture beneath the tracks

A Possible Infinity of Novels

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Life lessons of a newspaperman

Beer with Peter

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In the spell of a great storyteller

Michael

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Lessons learned in the schoolyard

Finches I Have Known

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Notes from the life of a bird whisperer

Fourples and Fiples and Sixles

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Diamond joy

Mongo

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Why would you bait a guy who’d love to take out your teeth?

Letters and Comments on My Writing

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A selection

A Note on Stationery

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And suddenly the memories revealed themselves

A Tinkering Kind of Guy

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The absence of arrogance

Smallclothes

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On the natural history of destruction

The Missing

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Now you say it in the past tense

In Queens

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Who needs a madeleine when you have cannelloni?

Parsing the Paper

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Try divvying up a smartphone on Sunday morning

Chessay

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Seeing into the soul in front of you

The Sunday Afternoon Nap

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A most pleasant subsidence

Eínai Enas Fto̱chós Podosfairistí̱s

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Keep the ball out of the net, and deck someone if you need to

Milking a Cow

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Claws and udders in action

The Long Winter

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If you want a thaw, go west, young man

The Kid Brother

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Consider yourself lucky if you have one

My Tax Questionnaire

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Honesty always appreciated

This Is Russia

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Where the wine is sweet but the writers are wise

A Shaggy Dog Story

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Calls of nature and the lewdness of squirrels

Learning to Drive

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Is that Gaelic I’m hearing?

Bunt

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The art of amazement

The Game

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Who needs hi-def TV when you can simply give in to your imagination?

Eating the Avalanche

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Notes on two insatiable appetites

Last Songs

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The soundtrack of Thomas’s life

Twelve Hats

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Each a remembrance of times past

Joe Strummer Day

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Build a raging, leaping fire, okay?

The Springfield Greys

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Evenings with dad

On the Interstate

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The road trips of long ago

The New Guy

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Being utterly hapless and helpless on your first day on the job

Old Shirts

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Here’s to a long and lasting relationship

My Wedding Day

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The priest’s last words to a nervous groom

Excellent Sneakers

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How to get the most out of a piece of cardboard

The Haunted Month

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A Remembrance

Otter Foolishness

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But an odd and glorious sound

Selling the House

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But never forgetting the home

The Mark and Measure of the Man

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Remembering Uncle Elmer from Queens

First Day

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The solace of a ball and an empty court

The Compost Heap

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One man’s trash is another man’s nightmare

Late Summer Softball

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Playing ball by the old landfill hill

The Heft of the Horse

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A not so tall tale

All Possible Pie

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At the window of an automat, watching the world go by

The School Bus Schedule

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The anxieties and joys of 8:51

Your Favorite Season

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A note

Surf City

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The music of the waves

A Note on Camping

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At play in the fields of the wasp

Urges

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Sometimes you control them, sometimes you can’t

Lanyards

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How many things do you really need dangling from your neck?

Flip-floppery

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Sounds make the season

Paper Route

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Scout Camp

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Theft and guilt: a summer story

Aloft

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And the lessons learned upon landing

Full Moons

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Adventures in bus driving

Somewhat Doorless

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More than a missing hubcap

Walking to School

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A remembrance, as another academic year draws to a close

On the Road Again

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Travels with my daughter

The Royalty Check

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It’s good to be the king—if only for a brief moment

My Boat

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Or, the day I challenged the Coast Guard

Hoop, Part II

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America’s game

Writing in Australian

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Notes on some stunning Antipodean authors

Shoshana

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The estimable Cynthia Ozick

The Brilliance of Foolishness

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Is laughter holy?

The Five-Kilometer Race

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A note on the seething insanity of running

Entrepreneurship

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A war story

Józef Korzeniowski: A Note

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Perhaps the greatest writer ever born in Ukraine …

A Note on Cricket

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From a land down under

Hoop

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A hymn

Address Unknown

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An open letter to my brother

Writing Oregon

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My state’s literature, in all its brilliance and depth

Boxes

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A discussion about the future

Mr. Hillerman

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An evening to remember

Final Resting Place

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Where the ashes should and shouldn’t go

Dog Stories

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Bark if you’ve heard this one before

Rock and Roll

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Nighttime negotiations

By the Light of the Silvery Moon …

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So go the dung beetles

Headlights

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The changing shape of comics

This Is the Best World Ever!

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The elevating focus of prayer

The Theater of Clothing

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Lessons learned from the way we dress

Major Auden

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The poet’s new clothes

Sara

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The richness of a dying woman’s love

Leaving Your Kid Brother at the Rest Stop

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A Note

The Five-Iron

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Let us celebrate that most neglected club in the bag

My Brother Peter

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A thing I have long wanted to say

The Babe

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What if sporting encounters really were life and death?

The Box Scores

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Affectionate arithmetic

Donald

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In remembrance

Mick’s Wedding

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The party went all night long

The Kindergarten Bus

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It seems like just the other day …

A Day in the Country

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Imagine the absurdity of Dad on a horse …

Baptism

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A Note

The Drive Through

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The aftermath of a crash

Have Faith

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A conversation in four quarters

How Did You Become a Writer?

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(Short answer: By writing)

My Salt-Water Farm

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A boyhood dream of good soil and willing insects

Stevie

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It’s the small but moving gestures we most remember

Dad

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Compassionate, understanding, and very very cool

Pix

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Conversations from the blacktop

Ben

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Mentors, part II

Elevate the Reader

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Lessons in the art of editing

One Million Ice-Cream Sticks

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Getting creative at camp

Songs Without Words

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The greatest hits of a life of music

A Good Priest

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And the lessons learned by an accidental pitcher

Moist All Over

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Dreams of the high seas

Think Again, Again

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In defense of the City of Roses

Empire Builders

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There were a few good men among them, weren’t there?

Cool Beans

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When life presents you a cursing surfer

Cutter

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Where you go when you want to get taller

The Man Who Saw Too Much

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Wise words to the young

The Town Behind the One You Can See

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Where you live is not always what it seems

To: The National Passport Processing Center, Philadelphia

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Re: The photo in question

Over the Bar in the River

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The final words of a dear, dear friend

His Wooden Leg

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The man who was baseball

Things My Kids Have Said …

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… That they do not know I know they said

The Deceased

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A final goodbye

Draft Card

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Remembering the call to fight

The House for Recovering Souls

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What happens when you make the wrong decisions at the wrong times

The Younger Brother Measuring System

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What to do with your sibling on a cold, snowy day

Craft

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It’s all in the hands

Cyrus

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The most wondrous mule that ever was

The Country of Who He Used to Be

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In memory of school years—and a loved one—past

Storycatcher

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A taste of things to come …