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A Birthday Wish For Dillon, by @jackaurquhart

©2014 by Jack Andrew Urquhart 682 words Dear Dillon, Dear Son, It’s March again—what would have been your thirty-fifth birthday arriving hard and heavy on the heels of Ash Wednesday this year. I say hard and heavy because it feels … Continue reading

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When God Happens, by @jackaurquhart

© 2014 by Jack A. Urquhart     562 words I have been thinking a lot about God and religion lately or, perhaps more aptly, about the place that notions of Deity figure in my life.  Which is not typically a … Continue reading

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Moving Home, by @jackaurquhart

©2014 by Jack A. Urquhart   939 words I own a house.  I have owned it for several years. It is the house I grew up in from early adolescence, although until recently, I had not lived in it for over … Continue reading

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Mom’s Christmas Tree, by @jackaurquhart

©2013 by Jack A. Urquhart               631 words This is my Mom’s Christmas tree.  Her last Christmas tree.  A balsam fir, I think it is. Ray and I bought it for her on December 5th.  A Thursday.  We brought it over … Continue reading

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Sleigh Bells Ring, a Christmas Memory, by @jackaurquhart

©2013 by Jack A. Urquhart        937 words It was 1960, I think.  I would’ve been almost twelve that year—too old to believe in Santa Claus.  My tendency to engage in pre-Christmas snooping had seen to that.  By then, it had … Continue reading

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A Few Words for Mom, by @jackaurquhart

©2013 by Jack Andrew Urquhart       1124 words On the afternoon of December 7, 2013, I received the telephone call that most of us think (and hope) will never come our way: the call that informs us that a … Continue reading

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Three ‘Free Verses’ (as well they should be!) by @jackaurquhart

Unforgivable ©2013 by Jack A. Urquhart Three squirrels feed On the meager seed I scatter Familial, skittish They chatter and chide Tattered tails Unfurled like ship sails Their backsides From every angle Guilelessly exposed While just there— Amidst the heather— … Continue reading

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The Disappearing Man, by @jackaurquhart

©2013 by Jack A. Urquhart   978 words Here’s the thing: It seems to me that once a man reaches a certain age, let’s say somewhere in the vicinity of Medicare-dom, he commences a disappearing act, a slow dissolve into irrelevance—at … Continue reading

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Just Between Our ‘selves’ by @jackaurquhart

©2013 by Jack Andrew Urquhart       2378 words Dear Andrew, It’s Jack here.  Your better self.  Just a note to say … well to say … TO SAY HOW DAMNED MUCH YOU’VE BEEN PISSING ME OFF, MAN! Jesus!  Sorry, but that … Continue reading

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A very strange man, by @jackaurquhart

©2013 by Jack A. Urquhart       988 words Once long ago in another lifetime, I was Vice-President of a multi-million-dollar financial institution.  Until, on a spring afternoon, suddenly I wasn’t. It was mid May, I believe, when the … Continue reading

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