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‘Tis the Season to Eat, Drink and . . . Waste Less!

Hello, holidays! My favorite time of year. Every excuse in the world to partake and pay it later. That’s how I feel about pecan pie, egg nog and sparkling beverages, that is.

NOT so much when it comes to all the WASTE. When I think of all those shipping boxes full of plastic or Styrofoam packaging, miles of discarded

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Permission.

 

 

 “So it’s come to this,” I mutter as I dumpster dive into the recycle bin. I’m digging out any scrap of paper with enough white space that I can write on. Because this is a note to myself, I don’t need a pristine piece of paper. And

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Squirrelly.

Sitting at a sun-bleached table in an urban garden, notebooks and laptops spread between us, Caroline and I commiserate over recent chaos. Cars breaking down, reliable people flaking, confirmed gigs falling through . . . all for no discernible reason, except our own crazy-making. A scratching sound from somewhere

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River.

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Dropping our bags, we free our feet from shoe prisons and survey the room. Beige walls, tan carpet, white sheets. Nice, nice, we say, patting the beds and looking for open outlets to charge our devices.  We espy a small balcony through the slats of the window blinds and hope for a glimpse of the final rays of the day.

We swing open the back door, then fall back on

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STAY.

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Rivers pour off me as if I’m in the shower, but my own pores fuel this particular deluge. My lungs strain to wring oxygen from murky air thick with sweat and smoke. My eyes squint to discern the faintest outline of my many companions. My folded limbs ache, constrained in this cramped enclosure,

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