Cover

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pp. c-i

Half-title

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pp. ii-iii

Title

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pp. iv-iv

Copyright

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pp. v-v

Dedication

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pp. vi-vii

Contents

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pp. viii-xi

Acknowledgments

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pp. xii-xiii

“Write to Your Unknown Friends”

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pp. 1-2

1. From Our House to Your House

It’s Hard to Know Where to Begin

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pp. 5-5

From Our House to Your House

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pp. 6-7

Growing Up in a Small Town

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pp. 8-8

Easter, 1948

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pp. 9-10

Hands

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pp. 11-11

Ridl Was Once Spelled Hridl

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pp. 12-12

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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pp. 13-14

My Father Was in Love with Peggy Lee

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pp. 15-16

Open to the Psalms

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pp. 17-17

The Steps of Pittsburgh

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pp. 18-18

It Wasn’t Folklore

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pp. 19-19

Thinking of Yahweh During a Winter Thaw

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pp. 20-20

On My Parents’ Sixty-fifth Wedding Anniversary

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pp. 21-21

An Afternoon Visiting My Mother in Assisted Living

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pp. 22-23

The Days

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pp. 24-24

A New Beginning

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pp. 25-26

The Letters

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pp. 27-28

Fractals: A Nocturne

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pp. 29-29

Searching Again for My Father

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pp. 30-32

2. The Enormous Mystery of Couples

Suite For the Turning Year

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pp. 35-39

On Going with My Wife to Her Doctor

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pp. 40-41

The Enormous Mystery of Couples

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pp. 42-43

Theme and Variations

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pp. 44-45

Oh I Suppose

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pp. 46-46

Here in the Time Between

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pp. 47-48

Practicing to Walk Like a Heron

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pp. 49-49

Some Notes Taken While the Media Try to Come to Terms with the Life and Death of Michael Jackson

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pp. 50-51

With

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pp. 52-53

Morning Rounds

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pp. 54-55

Christmas, the Execution of Tookie Williams

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pp. 56-56

The Neighbors

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pp. 57-58

William Blake’s Hiccoughs

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pp. 59-59

After Talking It Over

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pp. 60-60

Just Before He Had Another Panic Attack

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pp. 61-61

Mid-October Morning

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pp. 62-62

Ron Howard’s on the Cover of AARP

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pp. 63-64

Take Love for Granted

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pp. 65-66

My Wife Has Sent Me an Email

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pp. 67-68

A Quiet Study in Black and Gray

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pp. 69-69

Speaking Objectively in Winter

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pp. 70-71

Raking the Duck Weed

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pp. 72-72

Putting Away the Santas

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pp. 73-74

Hardship in a Nice Place

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pp. 75-75

The End of This Year

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pp. 76-76

Have You Heard the One About?

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pp. 77-77

It’s April and It Should Be Spring

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pp. 78-78

Epilogue

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pp. 79-80

Interlude: “Hey Skinny, the Circus Is in Town!”

Circus: Late Summer

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pp. 83-84

Outside the Center Ring

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pp. 85-86

Grouse of the Circus Boss

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pp. 87-87

After the Lion Tamer

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pp. 88-89

Sequins

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pp. 90-91

Daydreams of the Catcher of the Queen of the Air

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pp. 92-93

Suzie

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pp. 94-95

The Death of the Queen of the Air

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pp. 96-97

Circus Cook

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pp. 98-100

The End of the Fat Lady

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pp. 101-102

Death in the Dog Act

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pp. 103-103

The Children of the Lion Tamer

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pp. 104-105

Roustabout

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pp. 106-107

Clown

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pp. 108-109

The Balloon Man

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pp. 110-111

Night on the Circus Lot

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pp. 112-113

Winter Quarters

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pp. 114-116

3. The Hidden Permutations of Sorrow

The Two Chairs in the Garden

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pp. 119-119

What Are You Supposed to Do Anyway?

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pp. 120-120

Within the Moment of Indefinite Suffering

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pp. 121-121

The Hidden Permutations of Sorrow

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pp. 122-122

Listening to Chopin in Early Winter

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pp. 123-123

At the “As the Spirit Moves” Poetry Reading

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pp. 124-124

Instead of Planting Roses

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pp. 125-125

The Man Who Loved Mulch

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pp. 126-127

After Midnight: Insomnia’s Solace

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pp. 128-128

A Man I Know

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pp. 129-129

“Moose. Indian.”

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pp. 130-130

Several Old People Are Walking by Our Window

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pp. 131-131

A List of Possibilities in an Uncertain Order

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pp. 132-132

He Brings Home Everything

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pp. 133-133

Monet’s “Winter on the Seine, Lavacourt”

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pp. 134-134

Preludes

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pp. 135-136

Another Puppet Show

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pp. 137-140

The Reunion

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pp. 141-141

The Dogs’ Door Is at the Far End of the House

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pp. 142-142

The Artist to the Canvas

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pp. 143-143

A Christmas List for Santa

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pp. 144-144

But He Loved His Dog

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pp. 145-146

A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

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pp. 147-147

The Yearling with the Broken Leg

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pp. 148-149

Another Day in Your Life

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pp. 150-150

The Knitters

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pp. 151-151

Drinking Black Tea Early in the Morning

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pp. 152-153

For Lenny

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pp. 154-154

A Generous Welcome

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pp. 155-155

After Spending the Morning Baking Bread

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pp. 156-156

Return to a Place I Don’t Remember

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pp. 157-157

The Heron

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pp. 158-159

Back Cover

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