The Night of Susurrant Voices

Dandelion-Wine-e1327969287597 May 29, 2013
God didn't put twelve months on the calendar so we could work them all.
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The Barn Jester Steps In It

cow pies April 9, 2013
Those who think "nostalgia" is a bad word marking a bad sentiment can pucker my yonder socket.
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Bar Jester Chronicles XVIII: A Proper New Year’s Eve

bonfire January 1, 2013
I’ll return when, looking from the woods, I see total fenestrated darkness.
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Or Die

blackhole_diagram September 4, 2012
Thank God—sorry: thank progress, rather—for that million-year window!
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Going to Hell with Huck

LowWaterNew-Inet August 1, 2012
This life is no trick, no accident.
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Now Let Us Raze Famous Men

Wood plane July 10, 2012
He was looking at me with what appeared to be some degree of disbelief.
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Carbonara Redux En Toto (And, Mayhap, Another Latinism in the ’80s Kitchen)

Toto-Past_To_Present_1977_1990-Frontal May 22, 2012
I think about growing a mullet this summer.
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On Being a Worthy Heir of the Agrarian Contrarians

666 May 2, 2012
But, as Shakespeare wrote, we sometimes “by indirections find directions out.”
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Primary? What Primary? There’s a Tournament on and a Woman to Impress

College-Basketball-021712L_5 March 20, 2012
How about a little one-on-one, full court press?
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The Bar Jester Says, “Valentine’s Day Can Kiss My …”

couple-valentines-day11 February 15, 2012
Valentine’s day is a trick on suckers.
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What’s Wrong With Iowa? (A Transplanted Professor Knows)

iowa2 February 7, 2012
If you think you may legitimately enjoy the physical benefits of a place while dwelling in the airy regions of judgment above it, you’d better think again.
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Surviving Five O’Clock

There’s nothing the smell of this can’t solve.
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Homesick Nation

cabin hearth January 19, 2012
In 1852, the first piano arrived in Stockton, California. Imported from Cincinnati, it was a gift to Mary Kroh from her father, a minister who had traveled west to preach to the thousands of gold miners in California. Shortly after…
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O Clemens, O Pia

Interstate January 3, 2012
The answers we give may prove to be fatal rather than whimsical.
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