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Very sad here for the last day or so, since the news came down the line that Terry Jones has died. Monty Python’s Flying Circus was one of the two central formative influences in my creative life as a teenager, … Continue reading
The first post of the new year, reflecting the last events of the old: Thin moon at twilight, Pruning the Japanese maple. I’m in a haiku. On Pruning Maples Pruning the Japanese maple At twilight, under a crescent moon. I’m … Continue reading
(Our now traditional post for Christmas night, an invented-on-the-spot bit of Kekionga folklore, originally posted in 2013.) One Christmas night we got home late from spending the holiday out of town. Our dog sitter left the Japanese lantern on beside … Continue reading
(Our traditional Christmas Episode comes to a traditional conclusion) “And they’re ours. Rudolph and the Grinch belong to everybody. But the Christmas Wolves are Kekionga’s.” Nobody had much to say to that . And so there, Iowa thought. Logic, mythic … Continue reading
(The discussion of Kekionga’s official Christmas story continues in part 4 of the Christmas Episode.) “My guess,” said another voice, deep and with some kind of weird lilting accent Iowa could never quite identify, “is that the historical models were … Continue reading
(Every traditional Christmas story is open to debate … the traditional Kekionga Christmas story continues) Clap. Clap. Clap. Iowa heard the “slow clap” applause behind her and didn’t even have to turn around to know who it was. “Very nice, … Continue reading
(Our Kekionga Christmas story continues.) “I can’t believe you’ve never heard of the Christmas Wolves.” Iowa was slightly amazed. “It must really be a local thing.” “Sorry, never heard of them,” Jack replied, shrugging in an embarassed sort of way. … Continue reading
(Part one of our classic Kekionga Christmas Episode, the story of the Christmas Wolves.) Iowa Ginsberg walked through downtown Kekionga, enjoying the weekend-before-Christmas holiday atmosphere with the glorious smug relief of someone who had finished her last exam yesterday. Finals … Continue reading
(The second introduction to the classic Kekionga Holiday Episode, which really does start tommorrow.) Yes. In Kekionga, they’d be wolves. One of the topiaries on the courthouse square in Kekionga. Starting tomorrow: Christmas Wolves.
(Our annual holiday daily blog begins again, with the introduction to the Official Kekionga Christmas Episode.) These photographs were taken last year, when the powers that be in our town in Northwest Indiana decided, for reasons best known to themselves, … Continue reading