The Power of One by Gary Smith

A teenage girl climbs into her coach’s white Chevy Malibu. The heat lies on the land like the heel of a fat man’s hand. The cicadas scream. The cattle chew the spear grass. The turkey buzzards wheel.  The car crunches the gravel leading away from the high school. The coach turns ontoasphalt. They ride that [...] Read more »

The Sixteen Absolute Principles of Personal Finance

1. If you don’t want to mow a lawn, don’t buy a house. (There are other costs of home ownership.) 2. If you buy a house for investment purposes, consider all of the costs beyond the cost of mowing your yard. Property taxes, insurance, the new roof, the furnace and air conditioner, rotor-rooter man, plumber, [...] Read more »

Dane Zeller? Oh, yeah.

To all my readers. You may use the following script whenever you think it would help. Scene: (A Starbucks Coffee Shop, A very crowded Panera Bread restaurant, In the audience of a poetry reading, or sitting in a baseball stadium watching a baseball game drone by.) Characters; You, played by “you”. Characters: Him, played by [...] Read more »

Financial Expert Reveals His Top Pick

One BananaTwo, One Monkey Typing’s resident financial guru, reluctantly gives investment advice. Managing editor, Dane Zeller, interviews One. Dane: Dr. BananaTwo, our readers are anxiously awaiting your advice for 2019. One: uh…so? Dane: So…what’s your best stock tip for 2019? One: How should I know? Dane: You’re the EXPERT! One: And Donald Trump is the [...] Read more »

Dane’s 2019 Progress Report

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Photo Highlights from Dane’s Camera

Our first grandson. In this photo, Rita is teaching Denny how to smile and shop. Years ago, I got a chance to go to see Jimi Hendrix, but I didn’t go. He died. So, when the Beach Boys came into town last month, I paid good money to take a picture of Brian Wilson. Great [...] Read more »

New Rules for Punctuation

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AT&T Technical Support: You break it, you pay for it.

My Directv receiver shut down last night. I got a diagnostic code, and the screen said to reboot the device. I did. Then it told me to call technical support. I did. She couldn’t reboot it. She said I would have to pay $20 to ship a new receiver, and then pay $8.95 per month [...] Read more »

Poet Laureate Apologizes to His Fans

You may have misunderstood me. The truth of the matter is that I’m retiring from my job as Poet Laureate of Olathe, Kansas. I will still be making my living writing other forms of literature, like short stories, epic novels, and recipes for chocolate fudge. I’ve decided that the rules and mandates of poetry are [...] Read more »

DaNang, 1965

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