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Devon O'Brien

Entries by Devon O'Brien

9/11 in L.A.: A Poem Written on The Day

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 8:07 AM

It reminded me of, "The War of the Worlds" -
that old and infamous broadcast by Welles -
what I heard when I turned the radio on
around eight a.m., having left my son
for the fourth day of the seventh grade at

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To The Mommies of Newtown,

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 8:03 PM


To the Mommies of Newtown, the Daddies of Newtown, and all the Families of Newtown, too:

Olivia and Avielle, Benjamin and Jack,
Dylan and Daniel, Catherine and James, Ana and Noah,
Caroline and Emilie, Jessica and Allison,
Madeleine and Josephine,...

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Of Lice and Men: V

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 11:20 AM



We talked over the phone as he was being driven home from LAX. I filled him in on some current events. (There are 7,458 residents of Banff who, I guess, are either too bewitched or bored...

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Of Lice and Men: IV

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 9:13 AM


Week Two: In which an every day single mom juggles her struggles with primal insects and primal urges. This week, more on men in Of Lice and Men.

Of Lice And Men IV

The way some people,...

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Of Lice and Men: III

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 12:38 AM



"How dare she put my hair in a rubber band," Cole muttered once we were alone. After his diagnosis, we walked dejectedly through the school parking lot and on our way to...

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Of Lice and Men: II

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 8:32 AM



Cole is my ten year-old son -- only Cole is not actually his name. Dear Reader: I hope you will understand my decision to change his name for this story. It is a true story; obviously I want to spare him...

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Of Lice and Men: I

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 9:02 AM



I work at home. I was on my computer at my desk when the phone rang. It was the woman from my son's elementary school office.

"Hi Liberty," I said. It's an interesting name only...

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Of Lice and Men

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 8:48 AM


A real and true story -- what I've learned about love through ongoing battles with lice and through dabbling in online dating -- presented in single posts, serially, Monday through Thursday, for the foreseeable future until...

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This Wild Balloon

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2006 | 2:47 PM

On August 10th, 2006, I woke in a setting typical of a simpler America: in cabin by a lake in the woods in The Adirondacks. The cabin was small, slightly larger than the one famously inhabited by Henry David Thoreau in the 1840's in Concord, Massachusetts. The lake outside the...

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Martha and Me

(14) Comments | Posted December 1, 2005 | 10:10 PM

My whole entire life I have spent only one day with Martha Stewart. It was a long time ago, June 23rd, 1984, yet it is a day I will never forget. We were at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York City.

I was wearing a gown...

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