Photo: Ron Doke, Creative Commons, cc license Photo: Dennis Larsen, Creative Commons, cc license Throaty Bryan Adams’-style singing drifts over from the church nearby. Flashy classic, sport, and muscle cars line up in rows, hoods propped open, motors gleaming at an annual summer car show. Live music streams past the aroma of grilled hot dogs,…

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Photo: Philip Edmondson, Creative Commons, cc license He catches me in the bottom stairwell, pulling me close. And we all have this, the need to be seen, pursued. He wraps his arms around my waist, drawing me to him, and I lean against his brown t-shirt, resting on his chest and shoulders, breathing in deeply.…

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Photo: Young Rok Chang, Creative Commons, cc license Cris-crossed pale skin marked out where the young girl’s swimsuit straps normally lay. Tiny caramel-colored shoulders and back hunched shivering inside the church in a black funeral dress. The summer tan on that small girl several rows up from me just bellowed out the contrast of this…

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Photo: Leigh Righton, Creative Commons, cc license I’m sipping French pressed coffee and munching on red licorice, a breakfast of champions. In my ear a computer customer service agent talks me through steps to establish my identity for an annual renewal program. It’s convoluted and frightening, the blue screens circling endlessly, dead-ending on the same…

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Photo: Chad Cooper, Creative Commons, cc license Photo: Yen-Cheng Li, Creative Commons, cc license When I peered out last night, they caught me by surprise. Standing crowded together, they stared to the right, fascinated by something in the west. I laughed and wondered what I was missing; and how did they know to all turn…

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