August 31, 2015
by Geoff Shannon
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The Camellia Under Water: The Secret Garden

(Last in a three-part series. Read parts one and two). “Shallow water, oh mama” – Mardi Gras Indian traditional The Tuesday after Katrina, we were stuck in a Houston motel, lost as to what to do next. We were worried … Continue reading

July 26, 2015
by Geoff Shannon
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Defending the Homefront

The rat unleashed a horrible scream, and her skin bubbled up with goosebumps. The stupid rodent wedged itself into her backyard fence, its legs still stuck in a spring trap she had set underneath her back stairs, and its torso … Continue reading

January 21, 2015
by Geoff Shannon
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Just A Heartbeat Away: The Short, Depressing History of Maryland’s Lt. Governorship

MSA Archives Wednesday, Jan. 21 was inauguration day here in Maryland, and newly-elected Gov. Larry Hogan (R) assumed office at the state house in Annapolis. More importantly, Maryland swore in it’s new Lt. Governor, one of the least important political … Continue reading

January 11, 2015
by Geoff Shannon
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New York/January

i Women in fur coats hustle past stacks of dead pines. Christmas cadavers. ii A pitcher is worth 16 thousand dollars, when sold from truck garages. iii 8th Avenue reeks of spruce and marijuana. Cold breath? Cannabis. iv Dead gorilla … Continue reading

September 12, 2014
by Geoff Shannon
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Freak Flag Day

  I ordered two Manhattans, both served on the rocks. One for myself, one for Sam. The bartender at Club Charles poured the drinks into water glasses. They were stiff. The bitters, bourbon and vermouth blended together pleasantly.