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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.

No Overdue Fees!

Last October the Cambridge Public Library joined a trend among libraries nation-wide. They abolished overdue fees on materials past due. I always knew the point of charging ten cents per day per overdue book (a dollar for a CD!) was … Continue reading

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Slip Sliding Away

I stand in front of the gym locker and stare at my combination lock. Let’s see… Is it 6-29-34? Or maybe 29-6-34? It can’t be 34-29-6: combo locks are always high/low/high. I know the three numbers involved. I recall the … Continue reading

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Let Us Give Blood!

In January, the American Red Cross proclaimed its first ever “blood crisis.” Boston-area hospitals have established priority protocols should available blood become scarce. My response to this humanitarian challenge: Tough Nuggies to the homophobic Red Cross. Forty-five years ago, as … Continue reading

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Civilization: Chris Rock and Will Smith

A civilized person is one “…with inborn instincts inhibited.” That phrase stopped me short, even though it was embedded—mid-paragraph, page two—in Peter Schjeldahl’s review of “As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War,” the current exhibit at The Clark (The New … Continue reading

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How Do You KIVA?

During my time in Haiti I witnessed the benefits of micro-lending first hand. The idea of providing low- or no-interest loans directly to small entrepreneurs appeals at many levels. It’s a direct person-to-person connection that sidesteps much of the bureaucracy … Continue reading

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What’s That Got to Do with the Price of Gas?

I got a text from a friend last week: “Paid $4.09 per gallon today. A 30-cent increase from my last fill-up.” I wasn’t sure what to make of the message. My friend knows I don’t own a car; the price … Continue reading

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My Day in Court

On June 8, 2021, more than ten months after State Trooper Stanley stopped me along Huron Ave and ordered me to stop painting names of unarmed Blacks killed on the guardrail where we held our nightly BLM vigil, I received … Continue reading

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Police and Me

There’s a holdup in the Bronx,Brooklyn’s broken out in fights.There’s a traffic jam in HarlemThat’s backed up to Jackson Heights.There’s a scout troop short a child,Khrushchev’s due at IdlewildCar 54, Where Are You? – Nat Haken One of my favorite … Continue reading

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Wordle: Success!

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Spielberg’s West Side Story:

Withered on Arrival, Dead at the Box Office The nominations have been announced: welcome to Oscar season! Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story nabbed seven. I call that a gesture of sentimentality. Before last December’s premiere, my musical theater … Continue reading

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