Bruce Rodgers
Observations, interviews on the sly, political tinged essays and fiction
Created 27 Nov 2020
  • Backyard altar
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    This is my backyard altar. Granted, it doesn't look like much. But it didn't take much to build. Nothing really. I just let it be, might have added a little soil when it was first starting out. Put a ...
  • The Black Lives Movement has me thinking of these things
    06 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    I'm not quite sure when I first heard the word but one memory stays with me whether true or not. I was very young, maybe four years old, riding in the back seat of the family car, a 1949 Plymouth. I w...
  • Potato and Hot Dog Salad
    19 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Joe Nichols opened Nichelson’s diner in the mid- ‘50s after leaving California. No one knew why he used the name Nichelson instead of Nichols or something else, not even his wife Beverly. When she ask...
  • Fisticuffs never get old
    11 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Outside of family members, different from the women I spent more than one night with, the number of close friends in my life is a three count. One is dead, another I've haven't seen in more than a yea...
  • Casual observations of living with cats
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    If reincarnation is an after-death choice for a soul, I would choose to come back as a cat. Given that such a transfiguration is an option, my choice, I believe, would not be an original one. Certain ...
  • On this beach
    24 Jun 2021 • 1 min read
    In this pre-catastrophic era leading to what may be known as the Big Trouble when climate change locks itself in for a millennium or so, I wonder how many kinds of people have set foot on the beach at...
  • Still up for leaving
    12 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 0 4
    Given the means, I would move away from the United States. It's a want I've had for a long time, stalled and quarantined by marriage, fatherhood, employment of one sort or another, and business owners...
  • Irrational Congruence
    20 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." That quote is often misappropriated to the late, great comedian Groucho ...
  • Dominic's Hustle
    24 Jan 2021 • 15 min read • 1 3
    More than once Dominic Swider found his bike knocked over when he was about to leave school for home. He figured it was those boys with new, slick three-speed Schwinn Speedsters who were doing it. Som...
  • Gone, As If It Was Ever True
    18 Jan 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    American exceptionalism, once embraced by conservatives in their worship of Ronald Reagan and debated by liberals as a premise unfulfilled, isn't expounded upon much anymore. An imprimatur encased in ...
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