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“Under every deep a lower deep opens.”       –Emerson Our habitual stories usually protect us from the mystery of our lives.      –Thomas Moore This has been a hard week of writing for me.  I find that I keep telling the same story over and over.  The characters don’t change; I don’t change; the same people or forces or traits are still to blame.  In short, I see that I am stuck.  I seem to be moving (the pen is moving), but I am in a…

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You have to hold your mouth right.  It’s what my dad said when we fished.  The fish won’t bite unless you do.  And if one of us didn’t catch any, “Guess you weren’t holding your mouth right.”  No one ever said what “right” meant, and of course we didn’t ask.  It was another adult thing that we were supposed to intuit or figure out.  Holding your mouth right means closed, as in No Talking.  That much was clear. I experimented with pursing my lips, the way fish lips…