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Juxtaposeur, technical analyst, process engineer, poet wordsmith, INTJ, Anansi, MBTI certified practitioner & team-builder, certifiable fabulist & Uppity Queer™
Brian King, writer. RIP.

Screenshot of a partial SMS message between two friends. Q:“Hey man are you and Lisa taking Bethany off to college tomorrow?” A: “Tuesday”

My SMS response started out as prose, just me relating to my good friend as best I could, no thought of “creating” anything but conversation.

. . . suddenly a brass-knuckled muse, Calliope, seized hold of my neck and Bam! We were off the rails, off the chain, off the charts:

. . . in record time, Harper Thorpe!

Original image copyright © 2021, by the author

a 3-layered cake with white cream cheese icing, dusted with chopped pecans
original image copyright © 2020, the author


  • 1 stick (113g) of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (105g) Coconut Oil, Crisco shortening or . . . if you’re feeling naughty, lard
  • 2 cups (450g) granulated sugar
  • 5 egg whites, beaten
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 cups (150g) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2g) baking soda
  • 1 cup (240g) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2g) Penzey’s Double-Strength Vanilla Extract
  • 1 small can (100g) coconut†
  • 1 cup (125g) chopped pecans

a black & white woodcut of an oak tree

(on the occasion of the wedding of Eddie & Carolyn, April 18th 2020)

a scratch-made, 3-layer coconut and pecan cake with cream cheese icing, topped with chopped pecans

a roast turkey with bacon, crab legs, claws, and tentacles
an alternative, entertaining, and slightly twisted take on a holiday favorite | image from here

. . . chock-full of more 🦃 day thoughts, plans, and recipes than one could shake a drumstick at!

A Norman Rockwell painting of a pilgrim man in the stocks with a sign, “ye glutton” affixed
Thanksgiving Ye Glutton”, 1923 Norman Rockwell


the face of a nun, frightened and anguishing in the night
image from here

Eric Griggs

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