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1. the muse, the rum, and the motorcycle

Hi.  I’ve been away from writing for a while. The return is awkward, like two estranged family members reconvening after far too long.  Thank god for alcohol to ease such reunions.  Speaking of which, I’d like to propose a toast.  In a past and creatively fruitful chapter of my life, rum was my drink of choice.   In the spirit of opening the next phase of fortuitous creation,  My ...
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2. black holes and hatred

*** Did you arrive in the middle of the story? Start at the beginning *** * * * * * * * * * * * * Here's what you need to know right now: I grew up with a disabled father. I'll explain more about it in an upcoming chapter - for now, it's enough to say that I didn't have a "normal" Dad growing up. My Dad's condition ...
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2.1 Duane Rides

Today is Father’s Day. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than tell you for a moment about the the bad-assery of the OG Duane.  Some of you may know that Duane is not my last name, it’s my middle name, my father’s first name. I go by “Paul Duane” for a couple of reasons, one of which, is to pay tribute to my Dad with my work.  ...
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3. breaking the news to Mom

*** Did you arrive in the middle of the story? Start at the beginning *** * * * * * * * * * * * * I’ve done a lot of nerve-racking things in my life -  Stand up comedy,  Going out in public in pantyhose and high heels,  Riding my bike naked through the streets of Portland,  A few things at Burning Man that shall remain at Burning ...
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4. One way or the other, Moms know things

*** Did you arrive in the middle of the story? Start at the beginning *** * * * * * * * * * * * * “I know. Someone already told me. They asked me not to tell you who it was." There is a very short list of people who this could be, and within seconds, I've narrowed it down with 99% confidence.  I'm pretty certain it's my ...
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5. Rifles, Roller skates, and Recovery

*** Did you arrive in the middle of the story? Start at the beginning *** * * * * * * * * * * * * You know me as "Paul Duane" Truth is, Duane, is not my last name... it's my middle name. My Father's first name. There are a number of reasons I've chosen to go by my first and middle name...  Among them, is the pure ...
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6. No fear, no guile, no regrets

*** Did you arrive in the middle of the story? Start at the beginning *** * * * * * * * * * * * * This is what victory looks like. This is my Dad, the original Duane - standing in the place where his accident happened. He stands tall, humbly yet powerfully on the plot of ground that tried to take everything from him.  He stands in ...
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