Category Archives: Philosophy

Sweet Terror

There’s a wildcat in my house, and I’m scared. The wildcat is a half-grown tabby with an overlay of vague calico splotches, a foundling from down the road. Her name is Dulcie, for “sweet.” She’s very sweet, when she purrs … Continue reading

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Missing Elderly

The electronic freeway sign said “MISSING ELDERLY GOLD TOYOTA AVALON.” It probably included a license number, but that’s all I had time to read as I sped by. Why would anybody steal an old car? I know, I know. The … Continue reading

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Croquet, not Malice

On pondering violence, I decided to banish the word “hate” from my vocabulary. It’s already been relegated to a diminished role in my speech: “I hate to hear that.” “I hate to see that happen.” If the word pops into … Continue reading

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Not the Shot

“Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.” I experienced that lesson when I was 22, driving from Fort Worth to Austin on a glorious Texas day. I was wishing I didn’t have to drive, so I could … Continue reading

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The Art of the Everyday

I’ve often said that summer in Texas wouldn’t be worth living without homegrown tomatoes and Parker County peaches. Parker County is just west of my home in Fort Worth, and when it comes to tree-ripened fruit, the closer to home, … Continue reading

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