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Apologies on Video Call

A couple Fridays ago was my wife Liz’s last day of teaching at the college for the spring semester. Summer break, yay! Two days later, 5AM Sunday morning, she put her foot down wrong and broke her leg. A freak accident that could have happened to anyone. I’ve spent most of the last two weeks […]

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May’s Magniloquent Sausage

(This post went to Patronizers at the beginning of May, and to the world at the beginning of June. Not a Patronizer? Sign up at https://patronizemwl.com.) This month was better than last month. If you look at April’s Sausage post, you’ll see that is a terribly low bar to clear, but I’ll take it. The […]

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April’s Anguished Sausage

(This post went to Patronizers at the beginning of April, and the public at the beginning of May.) Well, this last month officially blows. I just got news that Craig Maloney finally lost his fight with cancer. Craig was a regular in our Patronizer Zoom hangouts. The guy had the usual IT cynicism, but it […]

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March’s Malformed Sausage

Last month, I mentioned blood pressure problems. The good news is, I have the blood pressure under control. The bad news, it’s given me a cough so fierce that I occasionally fall over. People have told me I work to hard, so now I’m taking a thirty-minute break every four hours around the clock for […]

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February’s Fantabulous Sausage

Last month, I made plans. Immediately thereafter, life gave me a surprise. Since my last doc visit in June, seems my blood pressure has doubled. It’s been 80/110 my whole life. Suddenly it went to 130/190. What changed? I had my first bout of covid, that’s what. Fortunately high blood pressure is a well understood […]

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January’s Jalouse Sausage

(This post went to Patronizers at the beginning of January, and to the public at the beginning of February.) The beginning of the year. Time to not only contemplate last year’s failures, but to select next year’s failures. Not that I’m cynical. Truly, what’s the point of setting goals you know you will accomplish? The […]

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December’s Defiant Sausage, all-Patronizer hangout, free story

The longer I run this thing, the more I regret calling a buck a month “See the Sausage Being Made.” Because it inevitably gets shortened to “sausage,” and that leads nowhere good. Similarly, I shouldn’t have named that one level “Video Chat.” Obviously, it should have been named “Meet the Rats.” And my web store […]

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New Christmas story for Patronizers: “The Rats’ Man’s Lackey and the Forbidden Tinsel”

I have a huge backlog of short stories to put out. At the beginning of 2023, I had the idea of doing one a month. Then I caught covid and the idea evaporated. Now that I’ve stopped putting short stories out on third party stores, though, the idea’s much more feasible–plus, I can avoid the […]

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November’s Noughtwithstanding Sausage

These posts need titles, so I go for alliteration. Alliteration gives me an excuse to grab my primordial Oxford English Dictionary. I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t think folks quite appreciate what a font of wordage it is. It’s ninety years old and smells like knowledge. Anyway, it’s been quite a month. The Apocalypse […]

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October’s Orney Sausage

(This post went to Patronizers at the beginning of October, and the public at the beginning of November.) If you’re in a country that has Halloween, you need to read A Night In The Lonesome October. It has thirty-one chapters, one for each day of the month, and that’s how you’re supposed to read it. […]

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