Such Meager Light

I stood in a barren courtyard beside the city palace watching the beggar children play with their kites. The only child concentrated on keeping his kite aloft was the youngest boy. The dozen other children were more concentrated on me than their kites. They flew with one eye and kept their other eye on me. […]

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Protect the American

The police officer came bounding out of his dusty hatchback and across the street.  “My friend!  Can I see your passport?” “Sure thing.  One second.” I veered my cart off the asphalt shoulder and onto the dirt path beside it. The Spanish port-city of Melilla was thirty kilometers ahead.  Because of this proximity to the […]

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