First, two pictures that should bring some joy to a heck of a lot of people I know. Taken at Half Price Books & More, Louisville, KY.

Sorry they are askew. In the short time it took to snap these few pics I managed to attract not one but two curious/alarmed employees. I think they thought I was some sort of Westboro type. I de-escalated the situation by doing what I almost always do, in any bookstore or library – I grabbed a few books that looked especially interesting and sat down cross-legged on the floor in the aisle to peruse them.

And then I bought them.

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Now for (more) good news. There’s been a lot of it around here recently. I’m in a daze.

A story I wrote called “Odd Man Out” will be included in the spring issue of Diverse Voices Quarterly, due out possibly as early as the end of this month.