“In the Country” from “Remembering Eternity”

“So it pleased Skylar to see fields, trees, bushes, and streams; white-tailed deer and fox squirrels; American crows, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and song sparrows: with hardly a man in sight. Why was it, he wondered, that human beings and their creations, as much a part of nature as everything else that appeared in the material […]

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“Midwest Scenery” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The Midwest revealed itself as an endless series of farms: vast fields of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa spread even and green over hundreds of acres. In a far corner of the expansive fields squatted a two-story, white-clapboard farmhouse on whose square-columned porch sat a rocking chair and beside it, a swing attached by chains to […]

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“Lonely Walk” from “Remembering Eternity”

“Sometimes, when he found himself inspired, Skylar overcame the combined influences of submission-to-a-hard-fate, fatigue, mild depression, and serious self-pity and arose like Lazarus, came out of his bedroom cave, and went for a walk. He loved these walks. A light shining out from the window of a house on a distant block evoked feelings of […]

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“Transcendence” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The world’s weight, which had, throughout his life, cut into Skylar’s shoulders painfully like a bamboo pole supporting the heavy water buckets carried by a frail village woman, disappeared and with it, the world itself. Remaining motionless against the pillows, eyes shut, the experimenter did not come face-to-face-with (for there was no opposition of self […]

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“Spiritual Lovemaking” from “Remembering Eternity”

“Romance—and physical contact formed the pith of romance to the youth—was a matter of timelessness; one had to forget the world and time and lose oneself in the worship, the divine magic, of the loved one. One had to fall deeply into a trance of childlike discovery, encountering and appreciating each new treat as if […]

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“Marrakesh Express” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The sounds of “Marrakesh Express” filled the room. The song captured the carefree joy known only by a child: the joy that makes kids join hands and begin to spin round in circles until they fall, dizzied, to the ground in wild laughter. It had the joy of a nursery-rhyme jingle, the effervescence of empty […]

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“Tourist Trap” from “Remembering Eternity”

For the 4th of July: “South Carolina Tourist Trap” from “Remembering Eternity”: “Each of the corners of the square building had the shape of a rocket, with a turret for its cone. Oversize state and national flags hung limp from poles at least fifty feet high. The entire building had been painted red, white, and […]

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