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ANECDOTE 081: October 27, 2022
The October Fester [listen]


In this part of town, the peak leaf season has passed;
Trees barren, the angelic autumn color is gray as the
Twilight dims the ashcan pallor; brittle, the fallen
Crumble beneath the ‘trodden.

Street level-minded, he views the scene from a distance;
A bridge, a metal drum barrel signals a gathering.

Closeup, the crackle-pop from the open fire foregrounds
His lusterless gun-shy look, not like way back when: the
Ante Squad, to this day, all imprisoned except he, left in
The cold, soon coming. SNAP!

Childhood s'more visions shadow the ember wisp smoke trail.

He crumples a candy wrapper into his balled fist; a chocolaty
Toffee is chewed with the hope of sweetening his bitter dreams
As he sleeps, less brood the contrivance, or at the very least
Sharpen the ability to wallow in awareness as he rests.


Conked out--he is startled by a halogen beam through his eyelids
Unwillingly pried open; a sharp pain obliterates his cognition.

In a bedside manner, white, blue and green fabrics float above his
Body; garbled jibber reverberate echoing radial temporal fractured
Ocular nomenclature; he could discern a curtain partially drawn,
Which blocked half a flatscreen; the channels were flipped remotely
By a silhouette; a vibe verified an advertisement, something about the
Adequacy of abandoned standards he interpreted as the approved
Message that was endorsed eternally.


A concussed mood swing nausea--he gasped, gurgled globulous
Sputum; minutes, hours, days later(?), he wondered whereabouts,
"My soul?"


The curtain was drawn back; the accompanying bed was vacant;
However, a mustached fellow with an awkward smile and a puzzling
Brow sat in a chair beside him; the stranger, who held a folded
Newspaper in one hand, a pencil in the other, asked,

"What's a Poe-boy's corvine response to 'not any more'? Five
Letters;" the orderly anachronism pointed at the blank square

The micro-aggression accented the cross word uttered: three
Consonants and a vowel, which was followed by a ravenous
Phonetic, a spasmodic sound of an abbreviated unsatisfactory plural.

That was that; knowing the telltale exploit for [the] passage, the squad
Leader upped the ante; discharged from the hospital, he wandered
Hapless and seizure-prone--a state of grace to return, never.

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081 10/27/22 The October Fester In this part of town, the peak leaf season has passed. listen
080 09/15/22 Wringing Hope Rain droplets drip into a splash splished by a heavy boot. listen
079 04/07/22 Mindful Resonance Imagining Humdrum silence, blank screen dreams, a knockout sleep deadens slumber. listen
078 03/17/22 Grokking Digression In situ, in experience--watch video on phone. listen
077 09/16/21 The Ultimate Graze Warm up exercises wake banter. listen
076 08/05/21 Deciphering Chores The items needed from the superstore grocery section were... listen
075 07/08/21 A Holiday Revivification Here and now and then a through-line real time exclusive exhaustive must have pastime... listen
074 03/16/21 Momentary Panic Eight hundred watt appliance, the outlet plugged. listen
073 02/11/21 Meal Log During the COVID pandemic, breakfast, lunch and dinner (including snacks) can be monotonous--especially when resolved to count calories. listen
072 11/02/20 Exercising Love from an Old Haunt He looked at his watch as if he had some place to be--late for an appointment. listen
071 08/23/20 Face-to-Face The emotional attachment epitome--source material. listen
070 06/28/20 On Moping: An Appreciation Along an avenue, the mind wandered while traveling on foot, en route from an auto repair shop to a convenient food establishment. listen
069 04/12/20 A Big (Whoop!) To-Do At the landing foot of the stairs are bags (two thin thermal, a few thick paper), bags worth reusing, recycling. listen
068 01/28/20 Slightly Off An upper respiratory infection helped extend the weekend. listen
067 09/15/19 Minimum Purchase At the supermarket, the Junior Partner was phoned and asked what he wanted for dinner. listen
066 08/05/19 Make Believe While mom is away, the child will play. listen
065 05/28/19 Doing the Ramble Shuffle At the crosswalk, a pickup truck encroaches, rolls closer to the painted line as pedestrians pass. listen
064 03/26/19 Big Sis’s Brunch Essential An essential life hack is most handy when at hand. listen
063 01/28/19 The Chore (Tell Me Another Story) Write about what is known, which cannot account for every single thing. listen
062 10/01/18 Modal Doldrums Lacking new revelations--tedium is the killer of creativity. listen
061 09/20/18 Linguiça Porco Nothing makes a meal more enjoyable than the last bite, the final chew and the lingering taste. listen
060 09/09/18 Optimal Delivery Window Get up and go, eventually, to the corner store. listen
059 08/22/18 Reviving Epistemology: A Rough-Cut An introspective look on how to prepare for a days worth of idea generation. listen
058 07/22/18 In Perpetuity The prescient past, tranquil tangibility--horizon clouds float. listen
057 04/29/18 Theoretical Awareness A slick tree-lined rural road--the moisture burns off, fueling the fog; the mist veils the landscape. listen
056 02/04/18 A Mentor's Morning Routine Cut a ruby red into half; take the half and halve; take the quarter and quarter into eighths. listen
055 11/06/17 An Atypical Boxed Lunch Wheat Bread [two slices]: Carbohydrates 27g listen
054 10/08/17 Acerbic Provision A human assault assailed upon the taste buds. listen
053 07/09/17 Petite Fours Check of the weather. The line is drawn: The afternoon, sun radiant. Ennui dispelled; parkland jaunt. listen
052 05/21/17 Another Gathering Again, to [grand]Mom's house we gather: sisters and baby brother--and third generation offspring. listen
051 02/19/17 The Hug In the spirit of the embrace, held in the grasp for dear life, clasped fingers. listen
050 10/30/16 A Lapsing Weekend Away This proved a hermetic retreat for the chaperon. listen
049 08/02/16 Too Much Breakfast Information Placing the pan on the stove, turned the corresponding knob sparking the igniter, quickly struck a match, inflamed the gas burner. listen
048 05/24/16 Forbearance Seated at a table for a digestible ingest, recent memories are serving harbingers of the past. listen
047 05/11/16 Her Divertimenti Knowing no meal is complete unless her potato salad was included, she proudly made known that two cakes (lemon and chocolate) had been baked. listen
046 04/23/16 Agoraphobia Cooped in the apartment: a stuffy compartment. listen
045 04/11/16 A Rough Sketch He sat in the chair, slid the notepad in front of him, rested his left arm beside the bound paper in preparation to write the phrase. listen
044 02/06/16 Herbal Tea Respite [Hail Mary] In her third or fourth decade, in her eighth or ninth month, in her earbud solitude.... listen
043 01/24/16 Substantiality A chocolate peanut butter cup blizzard, a cherry-lemon syrup snow cone, or a homemade juice icicle pop. listen
042 10/18/15 Added to the Schedule Wool hat--hands crammed in pants pockets, coat zipped, snapped up to the chin--early morning chillin'. listen
041 08/23/15 Motherhouse Dinner at Noon Lunch converation. listen
040 06/03/15 Recipie Block A half mile before getting to mom's house, you stop by the grocery store and purchase a quart of differently flavored electrolyte drink and a discounted diet TV dinner. listen
039 05/05/15 The Banjo Lesson Kin Crop, big enough to stand on his own, yet needed help to hold the banjo, became, some years back, an apprentice. listen|video
038 04/26/15 Ultimate Editorial The practice started--count off, four groups, breakout teams, two scrimmages. listen
037 01/21/15 The Orbital Cluster To perceive the sleepless dream... listen
036 10/26/14 Morning Dinners Overnight, into the twilight, before the day begins... listen
035 09/01/14 Front Runners Dreary skies grow more dismal.... listen
034 07/29/14 Eternal Inevitability His mother's (and father's) self-reliance parenting method was an eternal 24/7/365, do it yourself, autodidactic inevitability. listen
033 06/15/14 Waking Contemplative Sleep anxiety-ridden, non-queasy stomach tremors from what was partaken: reflux. listen
032 02/09/14 Errands Nostrils flare. Steam wisps. Lips pucker as a stream of air ripples the tea--surface tension. listen
031 10/02/13 The Pretzel Man A man was pushing a collapsible two-wheeled hand cart stacked with three cases of soft pretzels. listen
030 06/15/13 Over-Sensory Fare The sky was a dingy-gray similar to the facades along the street, dulling the pedestrians' anticipated mirth. listen
029 08/06/12 A Lazy Afternoon He was bored with himself, again--not depressed, simply tired with his routine. listen 
028 05/14/12 Suburban Momma Blues Ed has another successful Mother's day. listen
027 02/26/12 Parental Compliance Father is father; son is son. listen 
026 03/28/11 The Food Fueling the Gossip Down the Lane Listen to the neighborhood rumormonger cook up a delicious tale. listen
025 02/23/11 Memories of a Family Unit Breakdown: A Treatment Ed's eldest sister goes off to college. As a result, his father determines that there is no longer any need for family sitdown meals. Read/listen how Ed, with his family, fend for themselves for breakfast, lunch and dinner. listen
024 01/08/11 Cookies and Cream: Tell Me a Bedtime Story Reminence of a bedtime snack. listen
023 07/23/10 Fuming Industrial Strength Daddy shares with son the meaning of malodor. listen
022 04/25/10 The Meanderthal: Archeological Abstractions (or a type of graphical error) Ed romanticizes as to the origins of interpersonal relationships: (psychological) projection, appetite association [desire], and ego. listen
021 01/11/10 Twin Pinings Ed discovers that personal painterly pictorial aesthetic relationships are a rare find. listen
020 09/13/09 Fascination Plates Prix Fixe Ed fixates on his dining discressions (and his mother). listen
019 04/11/09 Monday (we are closed on) Monday Ed, the fledgeling, meets his Master--crossing that bridge when he gets there. listen
018 11/30/08 Holiday Football Game Ed tests his (Turkey Bowl) holiday game in anticipation of the Christmas festivities. listen
017 09/15/08 Noir in Toto After my relative and I shared our disillusions, I determined that I was becoming depressed. I decided that I should go noir for the remainder of the day; however, I decided that I should attempt to enlighten myself by going to a used bookstore. listen
016 05/14/08 Waning the Exhale Ed waxes limerick about his broken tooth and replacement crown. listen
015 04/25/08 Time of the Dinosaurs From the story telling of Eddie Brown and the literary artistry by Ed Brown II comes the play The Time of the Dinosaurs. Listen to the stage reading of the play. Plus there are the original story board drawings by Eddie Brown. listen
014 11/20/07 Real-Time Tripe Consoling a new found friend who believes he made a foolish purchase, Ed laments that he didn't make the purchase of a lifetime. listen
013 09/09/07 In my attempts to embellish my literary career, I tried to become a member of a New York City Society, a part of the scene, a scene that has since past. For the City's advancement has been kicked in the rear, a Society caught off guard. listen
012 08/04/07 A way (of) finding knowledge through perishable goods. listen
011 03/13/07 I decided to get smart with my intercommunications. listen
010 01/21/07 Enjoy a moment with Ed as he provides some cooking instruction, and engages in a little infused marketing. listen
009 11/19/06 This is a versionary tale dedicated cautiously to the foodie who also happens to be a backwards ass-jack who would go through extremes just to have an exquisite dining experience. listen
008 10/01/06 Who was the rocket scientist that came up with the idea to carpet the floor of a fast-food restaurant??? Forget the rocket scientist. Should not we blame the social engineer who is attempting to design a more intimate space and experience? listen
007 08/20/06 Am I your strangling strange or passing passion fruit? Plucky am I--a choice pick indeed! listen
006 06/16/06 The curator, she mentored me on how to contexturize: contextualize texture lingually; a vernacular that cannot be described in words or by taste. After I decided on the three cheeses for my artisanal dish, I went home to construct. listen
005 05/26/06 In the living room, me, sitting in full view, on the morning day of Christmas, my sweetheart gave to me, a gift certificate. A gift certificate? A gift certificate to shake hands with a chef. listen
004 04/25/06 Tuna Melon Sandwich listen
003 04/06/06 Meat and Potatoes Salad listen
002 03/18/06
Split Pea Spread
Yellow Split Pea Mush & Soup  
001 03/08/06
Sesame Seed Cod Croutons 
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