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High along the Silk Road

The theme of this year’s Mother’s High Tea was Tea Along the Silk Road. I assembled and helped hang collapsible red paper lantern shells on either side of the central plaque in the main room, unloading boxes and arranging chairs and tables with a team of volunteers while event founder Susan Squibb got her notes […]

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Night Vision

Publishing a new book felt like shedding your skin. Once it came fully off, it was a withered shell of what you were formerly. All your hard work just a worn out wrapper, lying there. That’s how it had felt to Porkowski Styles the last several times, anyway. Maybe there was a delay before a […]

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The Relatives

The 9th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash took place upstairs at Denver’s Mercury Café in a large room hung with lights and hearts for Valentine season on February 9th, one day after its namesake’s birthday 92 years ago in 1926. I read a mash of spontaneous stuff ending with a sample of Market Man. Neal’s […]