Author Archives: The Twentieth Man

About The Twentieth Man

Age 69

Poisoned by The Fountain of Youth

People generally hate reality. Life is temporary and death is inevitable. While it goes by several names: The Cult of Youth; Denial; Peter Pan Syndrome, etc.. It is unhealthy when taken to an extreme. Some speak of their “Happy Place”; … Continue reading

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The Burning Skull

  Just for the sake of posterity, the Burning Skull calls for a reasonable explanation. And, if it is so, that True Stories are The Best Kinds of Stories, the reader might be a bit disappointed in this one. Monsoon … Continue reading

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MUSIC by REQUEST

While serving in Vietnam I purchased an AKAI X-1800SD Multi-Purpose Tape Recorder (reel-to-reel) to record some Living Letters to mail home. In return, my brother sent me recordings (taken directly off the radio) of some popular music of the day … Continue reading

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The Unclouded Vision

This is something I wrote decades ago. I was perhaps in the throes of a deep depression combined with my experience working with severely handicapped children and adults. The Unclouded Vision As thou knowest, thou art always in Gods’ Presence.But … Continue reading

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The Watch

Over the years I’ve both gained and lost personal property. Everything I need or find useful, it seems, just slips through my fingers and is gone. While serving in Vietnam I purchased a SEIKO wristwatch from the PX for $32.00. … Continue reading

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I CARE

I cared; I truly did. When Feminism reared it’s ugly head I CARED. I had an honorable mother; I had honorable aunts; I had sisters and cousins and nieces. I had friends who had sisters and classmates as well. All … Continue reading

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A Second Opinion

While awaiting Evaluation for PTSD I was, for a long time, ensconced on a mixed ward at the local VA hospital. The other patients had a wide variety of ailments. Smoking was still allowed in the Patient’s lounge. We spent … Continue reading

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Just Because You Can Do A Thing Doesn’t Mean You Should

Perhaps it’s just me and my near-death experience in war; knowing full well and carnally the fatal outcome of this life; but I see this mighty medical struggle for survival as absurd. Spare me the magic beans and tonic patent … Continue reading

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ADULTERY

I said something very ADULT this morning. Brother: “You want to change that thing (callus remover patch) on [the bottom of] my foot?” Me: “I’d be happy to, you know that.” Adultery – they could have explained it a lot … Continue reading

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The Mix Tape

Throughout history mankind has repeated the same silly drama over and over again. History does not repeat itself, unless it’s republished; but passion and ignorance plays itself out again and again, generation after generation. It is a failure of culture. … Continue reading

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