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241.  The Professor .................. growing up

240.  Zoology .........................
winter nights

239.  Christmas Rules ...............
orderliness

238.  I Love Snow ..........................
sort of

237.  Becoming ...............................
a plan

236.  Sanctuary .......................
Ya Wah Bong

235.  Inflation .....
how much is that P/N 234863

234.  Glamorous ........
it's not trick photography

233.  Faith & Tolerance ...........Jesse's views

232.  Pit Stop ........................
snowy solution

231.  Struggle .................
an every-day miracle

137.  Junk ...
major rewrite..  .. eye of the beholder

230.  Cantankerous ...........................
smart 

229.  Beautiful Baby .....................
I admit it

228.  Helping Out ..............
work is never done

227.  Dog 101 ......................
a basic education

226.  Memorial..........................
an awful loss

225.  Sacrifice ..................
Jesse tells on himself

224.  Gorgeous ............................
at ring side

223.  Bus Stop .......................
he got on the bus

222.  Dream World ......................
We all do it

221. 
The Chinese Stole My Homework ... maybe



220.  Imagine.............
drive your house out of town

219.  Breakfast ...................
like minds and spirits

218.  Trusting The Math ....................
it works

217.  Angel ..............................
memories found

216.  Vote ........................................
I'll deny it 

215.  Hangin' Out ..........................
with Murphy

214.  Fiction ...............................
maybe not true

213.  Persuasion......................
dangerous business

212.  Ceil's Front Porch ......
finding one's direction

211.  Murphy's First ....................
birthday present

210.  Government BBQ .....................
Who cares?

209.  Secret Love ..............
Murphy falls for a classic

208.  Respite .......................
.Willard in need of a rest

207.  Responsible..........
to love, honor and be responsible

206.  Control......................................
metaphysical

205.  Prayer ..................
Brother Jesse takes on the universe

204.  Murphy Stories .............Click HERE

203. Twinkies ...........................
never changes

202  Tiger Story..........................a tiger tamer 

201.  Customer Service .............
close enough

200.  Measure ....................
in the wide universe

199.  Mail Boy................
in pursuit of free offers

198.  A Woman's Place .......
could be anywhere

197.  Maggie .......................................
.R.I.P.

196. Solidarity..................................
freedom

195. Mothers .................................
ungrateful

194. The Bed......................................
creepy

193. Ask ............................
the Scientific Method

192. Purpose..............
pondering the imponderable

191. Lunatic ..........................
13 was a tough age

190.  Opportunity ...................
Willard's new idea

189.  The Wind.......................
.just another heresy

188.  Scroogled........................
.it's following you

187.  Heart Attack ..................
at such a young age

186.  Productive......................raise an ebenezer

185.  Feeding A Woman.......................
passage

184.  Experiment....................
living with women

183.  Going Home ...................................
.tingle

182.  Self Confidence....................
was Confidence

181.  Miracle ..................................
what a surprise

180.  Horse Poop...............................
more baloney

179.  Neanderthal..............................
arm wrestling

178.  Beer Battered PBJ.....................
deep fry blues

177.  Poor .......................................
I couldn't take it

176.   4 Eyes Sandwich ...................... going, going, gone

175.  Parting.....................
alone, from MonkInTheCellar

174.  Blame .... .............
expanded "Billy Foley's Mornng"

173.  Farmers .......................
a brother's recollection

172.  Hoot..................................
went on before me

171.  Gifts .............................
smarter than I thought

170.  Once Upon A Time ..............
Tony Bennett's hits

169.  String.........................................back home

168.  Neat Trick...........................amazing powers

167.  Mrs. Unabomber.......................and Willard

166.  Treasure ............................... keep me warm

165.  Ever This Day.......................Peppered again

164.  Guy Thing.........................smoke, no mirrors

163.  Out of Gas.............................not on purpose

162.  Trust................................................what if ?

161.  Escort.........................................quite a ride

160.  Riddance....................................lot of work

159.  Listen.............................
Brother Jesse's Christmas

158.  Genius ........................ age is a terrible thing

157.  Boots ..........................................I loved 'em

156.  Gentleman ............................it's a long road

155.  Test Pattern ............................not impressed

154.  Anger Problem ...........................fire maniac

153.  Waiting For Me ... ......................up the path 

152.  Children's War .............................the enemy

151.  Reprieve .......................................beddy bye  


150.  First Gig ...................................probably rats

149.  Tailor ....................................... never listens

148.  Last Person ......................................on earth

147.  Bad Connection...................................gestalt

146.  Writer.........................................what it's like


145.  Jimmy Bean ........................her beautiful boy

144.  Puzzle .................................................sisters

143.  Flirt...........................................not an expert

142.  Real Bookstore ............................cutting bait

141.  Casting Off................................... it ain't easy


140.  Big Ideas..............................they might work

139.  Big Thoughts...........................my head hurts

138.   Mom and the U.S. Constitution ..............yes

137.  Junk..................................... really good stuff

136.  The Agent..........................not what you think

135.  Little Lie ...............................................Don't!

134.  Lucky........................................................fear

133.  Not So Famous...............
my short life as a musicianr

132.  Truth..........................................not arithmetic

131.  Directions.......................................up is down

130.  Pride.................................without punishment

129.  Devilish.................................same old evil dog

128.  Never Again......................................from Jesse

127.  Advice..................................................why ask

126.  Customer...........................learned the language

125.  Blood.........................................................gory

124.  Love....................................................it matters

123.  Power........................................ I won the prize

122.  Jump..................................................a dark tale

121.  Helpful.......................................when necessary

120.  Evil Dog............................................Beelzebub

119.  Easter Bunny ............................... economy size

118.  Loyalty.............................................sage advisor

117.  Carolyn..................................................at peace

116.  Hope...........................................like a mountain

115.  Distracted.....................................absent minded

114.  Nowhere...............................................a memoir

113.  Mr. Fry Pan.................................valuable lesson

112.  Voices .......................................We can see you

111.  Trestle.....................................all it takes is hope

110.  Reunion Jam..................................it's in the soul

109.  Clocked.....................................thief in the night

108.  Gunsmoke................................youthful offender

107.  Birth.....................................................no thanks

106. Tick Tock...........................the beat of  his psyche

105. Widescreen...............................she stole my room

104.  Smolder.....................................a trip to the zoo

103.  Blindsided.........................................the drive off

102.  Golden...............................................at the beach

101.  Smitten..............................................an odd stick

100.  Confidence...............................don't let it kill you

  99.  Newsprint.................................just another theory

  98.  Hot Air...................................................don't wait

  97.  Billy Foley's Morning................................auction

  96.  Guardian.............................................lovely snow

  95.  Heaven..............................................on the stream

  94.  South Pole.......................................all on his own

  93.  Labor.........................................only for the young

  92.  Fast Train.............................................a love story

  91.  Bended Knee........................................school days

  90.  Cowboy..................................................on the trail

  89   Boys....................................get on with the journey

  88.  Old Shoes...............................................old friends

  87.  Inevitable...................................................this land

  86.  Good News...................................save the children

  85.  Tree House.................................a place of my own

  84.  Sleuth…………………...............…..gender testing

  83.  Child of God……...........................……….not me!

  82.  Partners…………...............…………finding home

  81.  Destruction……...................………..the right tool

  80.  RazMaTaz..........………....………flash and dazzle

  79.  Exposure………..............……..she got the picture

  78.  A Dance……...............……for the rest of our lives

  77.  Checkin’ Out……................……..some confusion

  76.  Patron Saint……..........Joseph, Mary and Wendell

  75.  Lesson…………..........................not a quick study

  74.  Nightingales….............….they’ve got your number

  73.  Knife………...............……….what are friends for?

  72.  Dancer………………....................….safe thus far

  71.  Feathers……………...............…..raise your hands

  70.  Messenger…………..........…………annunciation

  69.  Hero!……….........….……….an alarming woman

  68.  Art 102…………..........………listen to the music

  67.  Bathtub Bob…….....................…….roses are red

  66.  Pack of Lies..............................................a lesson

  65.  Martian………………..…….be very, very careful

  64.  Storyteller……………......……it’s all in my head

  63.  Balloon………………...……..skies over Cornhill

  62.  Walk Like A Man……...………cool in the Fifties

  61.  Abandoned……….…....…by a redheaded woman

  60.  Fire Call…………....and the Baltimore Catechism

  59.  Perfection……...…..………..is not always perfect

  58.  Immigrants……….........……………….hard work

  57.  Growler……………..............……suds and smoke

  56.  Forgiveness…………...................…….water daily

  55.  Long Way Home…….......………..special delivery

  54.  Talk To Me…………..............……..call my name

  53.  Mr. Fly……………....……….survival of the fittest

  52.  Seeds………………........Saint Billy and the Boys

  51. 
Sally Pepper(Ever This Day)......................…..guardian

  50.  Mother Earth…………...………perpetual motion

  49.  Click!.................................................must see TV

  48.  Drill Team………….......…………..abra ca dabra

  47.  Saltpeter……………......………….not fit to print

  46.  Lovely Friend……...........………a heart like mine

  45.  Honesty……...you should get a memory like mine

  44.  John Paul…….........................…the only one left

  43.  Landing Zone…….....take a left at the plane crash

  42.  Shadow..……….....…..Erebus redux: Aither waits

  41.  Erebus………........................……….just like that

  40.  Wolf Den............…....................big bad whatever

  39.  Baloney.........here's dibenzothiopyran in your eye

  38.  Theology.……...……exemplars on the road of life

  37.  Forever………...........................what they deserve

  36.  U.F.O. …………....……….it’s a bird, it’s a plane!

  35.  A Real Writer…........................……how it's done

  34.  Remember Me……..…………….where I’m going

  33.  Walesville……………….never trust the sky again

  32.  Do Not Call…………...……………..I’ll call you

  31.  Finding A Mate………...………..using your nose

  30.  Evolution…….........…you'll have to wait a while

  29.  The Russians Are Coming…........skies over Utica
                                                   
  28.  Dragon Breath………...........…boys will be boys

  27.  Getting Old………….……………keep breathing!

  26.  Sister Cliodhna’s ............….what a welder can do     
         House Warming

  25.  Time To Go………......……………in the window

  24.  Irish Catholic Sex…..……the long way to heaven

  23.  War Wounds….........…..…across the frozen field

  22.  Comparison..............................................so lucky

  21.  Jack’s Family………......and the well dressed man

  20.  Lights Out On The Sea.................conjuring ghosts

  19.  Duty....
was Vengeance…....….....………men made small

  18.  A God To................hands on your desktops, boys!
         Worry About

  17.  Wit and Wisdom…........……some sense of humor

  16.  Cheated Out of Forever……...............…lucky me!

  15.  Aul’Wan Sue………….........………………anger

  14.  Virgina……………..........................……a mentor

  13.  Ex Libris................................ how was I to know!

  12.  Flight 405..........................................fire and rain

  11.  Telling A Story....................................suggestions

  10.  Huh?.......................................decisions, decisions

    9.  Mina...................fourth grade can be a tough time
  
    8.  Fly Fishing.........................waiting for the big one

    7.  Talk, Talk, Talk...... ................ with a young lady
 
    6.  Anthropology........................... fitting in.....or not

    5.  Who Will Come For You...........if it's your choice

    4.  The Good Shepherd.......................lost and found
    
    3.  Blanche......................a portrait of a strong woman

    2.  I  Love A Parade..........................bring your rosary

    1.  Yellow Bird..........my wife's uncle hits the airwaves
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"Nothing is  like a train.  It has
a serious presence, not unlike
a woman with a purpose.  She comes right up to you, stops, breathes on you, seizes you.  "
"The girl’s look said she had decided on him, for better or worse.  It’s a look I always recognize and sometimes lament."
"He raised his eyes above the dreary neighborhood to the far off horizon, golden clouds against the pale blue sky, a sight that could hold one’s heart forever."
Big white puffy clouds push their way across the huge blue sky as I sail toward the city and the river.  The fairway drops away  below me, running downhill as I head out over  the valley.  Back there, George is still waving, but frantically now.
"It was such a beautiful car, a giant throbbing land rocket with deep leather seats that made
you want to jump in and tear
your clothes off … if you were
a sixteen year old boy."
"On the journey, a boy might be more likely than a man to find his own guidance, a wisdom that was at once his, and yet accessible to all."
"When I wear them in  the garden, I think it’s a shame ...   These shoes have kept my feet comfortable, but they’ve made my heart uneasy".
"Half of Cornhill would have felt the shock wave .....  My father slowed the car and brought it to
the curb. He set the brake and turned to look at me.  “You certainly don’t think they would print it, do you?”
"I sense that Sally Pepper has always been with me, since the day I was born.  I can’t explain how or why that could be.  I wonder how I’ve overlooked her presence."
"Thunder cracked , the sky opened and a sea of water dropped down on my little aerie.  A gust of wind bent the tree so far over I wondered why I hadn’t considered seat belts.  The tree house was really whipping around now.   "
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