Larry Berger Archive

Grandpa Larry’s Random Reminiscence: Facing Up

File this one under “daring escape attempts.” A man in Chicago quite a few years ago was driving a taxi and his fare put a finger to the back of the driver’s head and demanded his money. The cabbie had no idea it was only the man’s finger and in desperation decided he was going […]

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Grandpa Larry’s Random Reminiscence: Special Moments & a Special Book

There is more than one way to see a shooting star. I like to lie out at night on the hood of my car where I can see a wide patch of sky. I look for satellites. There are so many of them that if you keep watching the sky, eventually you will see one […]

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Life Unhinged: Winter Dreams.

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Life Unhinged

I wake up every morning sometime between two and five o’clock am. And often I can fall back asleep again but usually I can’t. When I can’t I have a little regimen that I follow. I take ten milligrams of melatonin (a hormone usually created in the pineal gland, but available in pill form, that […]

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How Not to Build a Birdhouse.

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Life Unhinged

Years ago, when the children were growing up, there was a simple birdhouse hanging on an old oak tree outside my bedroom window amid small banana trees and a profusion of ferns. It was a wooden structure made of raw plywood with a sloping roof, a small hole in the front, no frills. But no […]

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Poetry Corner: If I had a Dog, I would name him King Arfer

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Poetry Corner

If I had a dog I would name him King Arfer and make him wear a crown; I would call his yard the dogdom; I would declare all the stray cats in our neighborhood his vassals, and bring one home now and then for King Arfer to dominate; but I don’t have a dog because […]

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Poetry Corner: I Have Named my Pet Weasel

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Poetry Corner

I have named my pet weasel, Articulata, and taught him to eat house cats; other tricks he can do is beg for acorns from unwary squirrels, which he also eats; he is insatiable and scrutinizing the neighbor’s dog who barks and barks; I encourage him because I don’t like the barking dog either; most people […]

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Life Unhinged: Before Hand & After Words

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Life Unhinged

I have accumulated many trade skills during my lifetime. Writing is one of them. But it is not so different from the others. It is made up of essentials. Words are tools. Grammar is the method of construction. Different words, like fasteners, hold the material of thought in different shapes. The glue is determination and […]

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Life Unhinged: 7 Bullets Left. by Larry Berger.

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Life Unhinged

I remember it starting when I was twelve. I would close my eyes and imagine everything different and it would be different and it would stay that way as long as I kept my eyes closed. And when I opened my eyes everything still looked the same, but I didn’t believe it. I knew it […]

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Life Unhinged: How to Raise a Family in 10 Easy Steps.

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Life Unhinged

Babies crying in the wee hours of the morning, interrupted schedules, mysterious messes, things always getting lost or broken, fantastic tales explaining no longer functioning machinery, teenagers out way past curfew. These are just a few of the excitements awaiting those star-struck adventurers intent on marriage and family. The task of parenting often seems impossible, […]

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Life Unhinged: It’s Hard to be Homeless.

By: HashtagWV / Category: Blog, Larry Berger, Life Unhinged

It is hard to be homeless, and alone. I am traveling with a shopping cart, sometimes pushing it, sometimes riding in it with effortless propulsion over vast empty parking lots. But more frequently there is a sidewalk with uneven cement sections and I have to lean on the cart to raise the wheels as I […]

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Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser w/ HashtagWV this March!

Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser w/ HashtagWV this March!- On Saturday, April 6, join the Monroe County Shrine Club at Powder Ridge Sporting Clays for their first annual Sporting Clay Shoot & Cookout Fundraiser to benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Starting at 10am, participants will enjoy healthy competition and a fun afternoon of sport shooting clays at 15 different stations. Local experienced shooters will […]

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WONDER HOW HASHTAG LEWISBURG CITY PAPER REMAINS FREE?- Wondering how Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper gets published and distributed FREE every month in-print and online? Do we have wealthy parents or did one of us seduce a millionaire? No. Are we financed by bank loans or grant money? Nope, not that either. Until we hit it BIG in the lotto, every issue of HASHTAGWV comes […]