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War Stories

Growing up, I remember hearing Mother tell stories about an artillery shell exploding on Long Beach Boulevard as a result of a supposed air raid during World War II. While doing genealogical research in a local newspaper, I found a published report of the incident. According to the Long Beach Argus, the anti-aircraft batteries were [...]

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The Matador

My maintenance man is having heart surgery tomorrow. He’s 81 years old and he told me this morning that if he doesn’t wake up it won’t be a big deal. He shrugs when he says this, like he’s mentioning dry wall. It’s sunny for the first time in days and he’s looking at the blue [...]

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Once Upon a Time in Long Beach

Once upon a time in Long Beach my Ennio Morriconi theme introduced me everywhere, wrote my ticket, lucid crazies on the street would stop gibbering and swoon – I met a Brooklyn ballet dancer sauntering down Broadway and our spheres of causality venned together, centered on a man who put two quarters in a newspaper [...]

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Ninety-Nine Cents Only

U-Check and First to Know. Those were her options. Each only 99 cents. She picked up the blue U-Check box, flipping her wrist to read the back. Marilu wouldn’t shut up—a continuous clucking over her shoulder. “He was just being insecure, ya know? Just wanted to make sure I was his.” “Mmm-hmmm,” Steffany muttered. “At [...]

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