Monthly Archives: January 2013

Let my people read

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” by Frederick Douglass When I was young my mind was filled with probing, lofty questions such as “When was the moment that Han Solo knew that Chewy was the one?” and “Just … Continue reading

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It must be a struggle

Man, I was just thinking to myself, “I wonder when the next war will start? It’s been at least a couple of months since the last one.” Sure enough, France has launched airstrikes in Mali to combat the ever elusive, omniscient … Continue reading

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Perpetual

Words can change the course of a mighty river and shape the contour of an imposing canyon Ideas can expand a crowded space and reason with the blackest night Voices can speak of things that open the gates and crawl … Continue reading

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Second verse, same as the first

It’s 2013 on the non-Mayan calendar and the Year of the Snake according to the Chinese Zodiac. There is a man languishing in a 80-square foot cell (still) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and another man presiding in the 800-square foot … Continue reading

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After the glow

Across the spectrum light and ambience move in rhythm bathed in color Cross the threshold to find one’s way out from under the dimmest pane Fresh pigments splash the pavement the windows dressed in mosaics of worn tile Then the … Continue reading

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The orphanage at the end of the universe…

My name is Jeffrey Nguyen and I was born in Vietnam in 1973 and FedExed to America in 1975. My Vietnamese name was Vu Tien Nguyen, which basically indicated to the baggage handlers (volunteer nurses, aid workers and army staff) … Continue reading

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Chalk fest

Due to the hectic post-holidays, I am taking a break from the regularly scheduled (de)programming to share some of my photos from a local chalk festival. Much respect to the artists who shared their talents and brought some much needed … Continue reading

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