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When I Grow Up

By Grid Margraf “When I grow up I want to be a cowboy.” That was my response at five to my first grade teacher’s question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” There were cattle ranches [...] Continue Reading

Charlie’s Story Part III

By Grid Margraf (Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment of “Charlie’s Story,” which details Margraf’s interaction with Charlie, a Vietnam veteran who shot up a sheriff’s office as a [...] Continue Reading

Charlie’s Story Part II

By Grid Margraf Charlie picked up the 10 of spades. I bounced a rolled smoke off his chest, rolled one for myself and lit them both. I got comfortable again sitting at the end of the bed leaning [...] Continue Reading

Charlie’s Story Part I

By Grid Margraf The place reeked of cigarettes; everyone smoked. There was no ventilation, not even windows in the concrete walls. This was Nevada County Jail, 1984, and windows like doors were a [...] Continue Reading