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James F. Ross
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So, there was no room at The Inn?
“That’s what I heard. Booked solid.”
The Wise Men … They showed up that night?
“Gifts in-hand. Dressed for the occasion.”
Makin’ an entrance.
“Somebody’s got to bring a little class to the party.”
What about Joseph?
“He was working that “Aw, shucks” surrogate-father grin of his.”
I hear he was stoic. Almost invisible.
“An ugly rumor—one that won’t survive the end of the week.”
“Once again, a yard or two of blue with a sash of white.”
Perfect. She certainly knows how to deliver.
“Amen to that. She sure did that night.”
An early evening?
“For the Wise Men anyway.”
Where’d they go?
“Not far. They arranged for accommodations in advance.”
“The Inn. They each booked a room.”
Living the life.
“Well, they had a long day of diversion ahead of them.”
I’m sure Mary and Joseph were understanding.
“Like the infant, they didn’t make a fuss at all.”
An all-around glorious night. Need help with tending those sheep?
“These sheep? Nah. They’re fairly obedient.”
Same time next year?
“I’ll be right here waiting. Peace to you.”
And also with you.
James F. Ross
“A politician’s explanation? Or, were you wanting something utile and pragmatic?”
~ Fatback Jack ~
The Desert Sun Saga ~ Life In Motion
James F. Ross
“What’s the name of your village? Your town?”
“How far north are we talking?”
Far enough that we look down on everyone else. So cold that people are expected to take responsibility for their actions.
“Cold and mean.”
“A Republican district?”
Drawn by design.
“A compassionate murder of crows.”
That’s the regional government, representing two municipalities: Reason, and the other town, Heartfelt.
“What’s their approach to the homeless in that region?”
A one-way-anywhere bus ticket out of town.
“Passing it forward.”
Well, I don’t know about the Heartfelt residents, but within Reason, good people don’t get sick.
“So, if you’re sick, there’s something wrong with you?”
That’s the inference. Apparently, you’ve done something wrong; otherwise, you’d be healthy.
“What are people supposed to do?”
“Or die trying.”
Or grab hold of the bus ticket option.
“Go somewhere warmer.”
Some do, but they never come back to Reason.
“Unless they’re looking for a handout.”
It’s where the money and resources are kept. We wear our Fighting Hoarders monocle with pride … which is not the same pride publicly displayed over in Heartfelt.
“What about those who die? The residents without healthcare?”
Honored for their blind faith and steadfast commitment to traditional values.
“Buried within Reason?”
Normally, but not this year.
“What’s happened to change the routine?”
A complete lack of cooperation.
The district council is being led by an outsider.
“An un-Reason-able man?”
Exactly. A Heartfeltian. Amazingly enough, he has his supporters.
It would appear so. There is a challenge to the status quo, and that has led to the council shutting down for the winter.
“Over time that could be a major problem.”
The bodies are beginning to stack up.
“Any hope for a resolution?”
There’s always Spring.
“A thawing out? Time of renewal?”
Re-election campaigns begin.
“All will be well again.”
Within Reason, anyway.
James F. Ross
“Theoretically, it might not seem possible. However, there are times that the weight of a problem affords a snug fit deep within the confines of my singular peak and crest.”
James F. Ross
During my six-block walk from Drake University to Smokey Row, I didn’t encounter anyone; no one else walking, skateboarding, or bicycling, and I didn’t see anyone driving a car. No one approached me for money or food. I missed hearing music, no street musicians.
At Smokey Row, a mug of coffee and a huge cinnamon roll cost $5. There is no charge for refills on the coffee, and I get to choose from among their variety of blends.
Too far south of You Betchaland to hear that phrase, but I can sense the desire of a few here in the coffee shop to gleefully blurt it out at least once during their conversation; as in, “Would you like a refill on your coffee?” … You Betcha!