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By CS Austin (Guest Blogger) The young man from Syria in the camel colored coat noted drily, “Americans always talk about the weather.” We were on the train, seated in fours in the dining car. He had found Portland unappealing, with its flourishing homeless population and only gas station jobs on offer for an electrical…

Mr. Liem’s Pet Shop

Mr. Liem’s Pet Shop By   C.S. Austin (Guest Blogger) I think on Christmas one of the cousins dumped half a can of fish food into Fluffy’s tank by accident, Fluffy being a goldfish that my small brother brought home once, to the consternation of parents. The water was murky and the major landscape elements – pagoda,…