Bay City Runaway – Part 13

The BART took me within a fifteen-minute cab ride to Heath’s apartment in Fremont, where there was a large Indian community. His apartment complex was modest but by no means a dump. As I climbed the stairs to his third-level apartment, I was overwhelmed by the fragrance of cumin, turmeric, ginger, onions, and garlic. The …

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Whiff – Chapter 6

I wake up excited.  It’s Saturday, and I’m free to spend the day visiting my collection.  I think about the places I want to go and smell.  I fix Mother some toast with strawberry jam and a cup of hot coffee.  She’ll be sore, so I’m prepared to rub her legs with liniment.  She says …

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Whiff – Chapter 5

Start from beginning I didn't grow up wanting to be a library assistant. I work here for four reasons. One, it's right next to the post office. This allows me to visit it more frequently. I have a morning break, a lunch break, and an afternoon break with which to visit my beloved. It's only …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 12

The BART took me within a fifteen-minute cab ride to Heath’s apartment in Fremont, where there was a large Indian community. His apartment complex was modest but by no means a dump. As I climbed the stairs to his third-level apartment, I was overwhelmed by the fragrance of cumin, turmeric, ginger, onions, and garlic. The …

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Whiff – Chapter 4

I reach in my pocket to find the bottle #2, and gather my courage. I rub my index finger over the smooth contours of its corners and over the rough surface of the little cork that held beloved scent of Mother. I thought of girls in my past who had rejected me and had been …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 11

Laura and I decided to break up the spring of our senior year of high school. She had chosen to go to a small private college in St. Louis, and I would be staying in Oklahoma to study computer science. We wouldn’t write or call. That was the deal. But we would reconnect in the …

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Whiff – Chapter 3

Mother was rather demanding with me this morning.  At first her coffee was too hot.  Then her toast was too burnt.  Then she wanted me to rub liniment on her feet.  I am a full fifteen minutes late to work.  When I arrive, I duck into the back, hoping to avoid a cross word or …

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The Almighty Point: A Formulaic Approach to Software Engineering Decision-Making in an Agile World

I’ve been engineering, leading, maintaining developing, and delivering software projects and products for 23 years. Full life cycle from waterfall methodology to various flavors and hybrids of Agile methodology. No team structure has been the same, and I’ve played just about every role there is to play to one extent or another. But one thing …

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A Writer’s Moment

I woke up at dawn to cloudy skies and a damp Oklahoma. My wife and I had stayed late at her dad's house to watch a weather forecaster talked us through possible weather disasters as storms blew northeast across my state. We are safe. I believe I was successful in not waking my wife as …

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A Friend of the Family – Part 4

“Yeah, Jacob…Adams?” he began, squinting at me as he spoke my last name, cueing me for a nod. I helped him out, “Yeah, Adams. He was in Mrs. Johnson's class, too. You remember, Jacob, right?” “Ohhh, yeah….sure! Jacob Adams. Ohhhhhh…wait” she leaned in and lowered her voice, “Did we make out at the P.C. North …

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