Word count 552                                   At 8pm on a Thursday night Duke received a call from Sally, his regular barber of five years. “Duke, this is Sally from ‘Hair Apparent’ where you get your hair cut.  I got your number from your sign in at the shop.” … Continue reading Barberian


 Word count 2989 I had been working in the University of the Filipinas anthropology department for several years, when I got the break of my career.  I was awarded a decent sized grant to study of the elusive Chupa people in the mountains of Luzon.  … Continue reading Licorice


 Word count 762                                        I’ve seen a lot of stories in places about how to succeed through personal growth.  I’ll be polite and not offer a critique thereof. Because one learns from one’s mistakes, and I’ve got many years of major screw-ups, here is some dynamite … Continue reading Lessons

Universal Journey

Word count 1124                                           As a young boy, I was moved from the bedroom that I inhabited with my older sister to the room in the attic that my father had finished.  I continually imagined monsters coming up the stairs to get me because of my … Continue reading Universal Journey


Word count 1508                                                        Sensate Duke Hanley had been riding the wave for a number of years, but his rise to leading multi-billion dollar Gold Scientific Inc. in Portland Oregon was hard to explain.  Twelve years ago he told anyone who asked and some that … Continue reading Sensate


Word count 896                                                      I woke up feeling tired, even though I thought that I had slept through the night.  My wife Sally looked like she hadn’t slept much either.  I expected her to complain about my snoring, but she surprised me by saying “Duke, … Continue reading Nose