Chapter 67

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“You’ve got to do something about these homeless,” said the First Selectmen to the Ponytailed Cop as they were waiting for their coffee. “You’ve got a bum that’s been living behind the dumpster out back for a month and another freak in leather that keeps coming around, scaring people.”

“What do you want me to do about them?” asked the Cop.

The Ponytailed Cop was not an ordinary cop because Kenilworth was not an ordinary town. The people of Kenilworth had decided that they weren’t citizens anymore, they were only taxpayers. They selected the First Selectman so they could stop…


Chapter 66

Life at the Epiphany Café continued as before even though the Lisping Barista was missing, and everyone could sense something was horribly wrong. The scribes at their laptops continued to tap away at their masterpieces, the Connecticut River went on flowing, the Laughing Rabbi went on laughing and preaching, and the Saint continued with her saintly things. The new baristas would not allow the Crazy Dog Lady’s Dogs in the coffee shop, so she howled; but the Dog-Fearing iPhone Pecker went right on happily pecking. The Drug Dealer continued to deal drugs, giving no indication that he was sorry to…


A Field Guide to Feelings

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If you’ve been feeling depressed, anxious, grieving, guilty, or preoccupied with cravings, then you probably tried to reason yourself out of it. You’ve wanted to get your head screwed on right and the clouds cleared from your mind. You believed if you talked to somebody, they could tell you things that might help you feel better. Don’t let me stop you. I would be the last person to prevent you from thinking better, but it isn’t just a matter for the mind. Your body can help, too. Let your body help you with your depression, anxiety, grief, guilt, or craving.


Chapter 65

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The Lisping Barista wrote another list:

So, here I am, the madwoman in the attic. I always knew it would come down to this. Wait, that’s not all. I got an angry drug dealer who used to be my boyfriend and all his henchmen after me; my boss shot me in the arm; and the Spellbinding Fish Fry are playing in Ohio by now. Can things get any worse?

The Fry have got a song where they say when things get bad, just go through all the things you’re grateful for. That’s what I’ll do. Just like in the song.


Chapter 65

Porphyria of the SuicideGirls

The Lisping Barista wrote another list:

So, here I am, the madwoman in the attic. I always knew it would come down to this. Wait, that’s not all. I got an angry drug dealer who used to be my boyfriend and all his henchmen after me; my boss shot me in the arm; and the Spellbinding Fish Fry are playing in Ohio by now. Can things get any worse?

The Fry have got a song where they say when things get bad, just go through all the things you’re grateful for. That’s what I’ll do. Just like in the song.


Chapter 64

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The Geeky Guy had seen a bottle of hydrogen peroxide around the house, somewhere. He was looking in all the possible places without resorting to asking his sister or going downstairs where his sister might speak to him. He moved the broken electronics that were blocking the closet doors: TVs, flat and bulging; phones, cordless and corded; radios, big and small; fishing boat sonar processors; VCRs; laptops; printers; fax machines; scanners; barometers; GPS receivers; CD players; woofers and sub woofers; all the treasures he had picked up on garbage day and said he’d fix. They were all in the way…


The Reflective Eclectic

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In this Passover season, I’ll undertake something I wouldn’t recommend to anyone: comparing myself to Moses. We have a few things in common. We both found our calling. If you’ve been looking for yours, you might benefit from hearing how we found ours.

You probably know the story of the early life of Moses (Exodus 2:1–4:20). He’d been raised a privileged adopted son in the Pharaoh’s household. After committing murder, he couldn’t escape the death penalty; so, he fled to the desert country of Midian, got married, and settled down. …


Chapter 63

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You may have been wondering what the High Street Witch has been up to. With such a large cast of characters associated with the Epiphany Café, it’s inevitable that I’d neglect someone. Now that the Lisping Barista has swung her bat and the Geeky Guy has fired his gun, you may be thinking it’s high time we returned to High Street to see what the Witch is doing. If so, today is your lucky day. We’re heading there now; and so are the Geeky Guy and the Lisping Barista.

The Witch was sitting in the front room, petting her black…


A Field Guide to Feelings

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If you’re ever struggling with a feeling, try to put it in words. Words will reduce the feeling to a manageable intensity. It’s a magic trick they do. But watch out — words will trick you, too.

A single word cannot fully convey a feeling

If you’re about to meet your girlfriend’s parents for the first time, you might notice butterflies in your stomach. If you say you’re anxious, you have found a word for those butterflies. Now you can talk about feeling anxious and do something to calm down. But watch out, if all you say is you’re anxious, you’ll miss that you’re also excited. …


Chapter 62

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The Drug Dealer, who the Lisping Barista once called Chai Latte and now calls My Boyfriend, had no reason to ring the bell when he got home; he had a key. But he might have forgotten his key, so the Lisping Barista thought it was Chai Latte who rang the bell. His ringing the bell and her answering the door, definitely made it harder for her to hide behind the door and clobber him over the head with a baseball bat.

She unlocked the door, stood behind it, lifted the bat over her head, and said, “Come in. It’th open.”

Keith R Wilson

Mental Health Counselor and Writer www.keithwilsoncounseling.com

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