Tag Archives: Matthew Baldwin

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Come and Claim It

I had been gone for three months. In some ways, I had been gone for a lot longer than that.  It was a working trip, not a holiday, but it was still refreshing to get away. Removed to a foreign country, away from the the

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A Rite of Passage

Two days, already. Two days out in the woods, squatting patiently in the underbrush, and Malcolm had yet to bag a deer. Hadn’t even bothered to raise his rifle yet, let alone actually fire a shot, despite Henry’s having spotted several healthy, prime specimens for

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Sacred Cow

The boys, sugar-loaded and glowing with excitement from the day’s celebration, weave and jostle through the crowd to get a good view of the dias. They have been up since sunrise, playing the festival games, watching the parades, and consuming sweet treats, and their energy

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What We Wrought

My great-grandfather built the bench. He was an ironworker, one of many tradespeople hired by federal public works projects to rebuild parks after the war. He shaped the metal and laid out the planks, and saw it installed on the banks of the river. When

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The Legend of Pecos Pete

As the desert dust blows, and the tumbleweeds amble on, tales may reach your ears, carried in the canyon wind or in the whistle of the Southern Pacific. Tales of Pecos Pete, scion of the Southwest cockfighting circuit. No one knows exactly where he came

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The Nearby Faraway

Consider the bonobo. Set on an evolutionarily divergent path by the happenstance of a river in their native habitat, separating them from the greater chimpanzee. Surrounded by nutrition-rich plant life, they became foraging herbivores. Consider me. Set on a divergent path from my fellow man