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Damn! This is great. When are you gonna publish a book???

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Thank you very much, Sherman! That means a lot, especially coming from you. I certainly am ready.

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This nearly made me cry. I think I might be just in that period when you start to feel nostalgia for childhood.

I've just worked as a cook for the summer camp I used to go to when I was a kid and it made the past and the present mix in such a strange way. The melancholy but also the joy of learning what it's like "behind the scenes". This seems to capture that strange feeling perfectly. Thank you.

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Thank you very much for the very thoughtful, and very personal, words. I really appreciate that you wrote this comment, Clara. Thank you.

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Jul 12, 2023Liked by Charles Schifano

A belated “wonderful” to this ode to childhood. Ah, the magic of it all. Made me think about some of those vertiginous experiences of my boyhood. The treehouses and neighborhood dogs following us through deer trails and watching as we dangled on rope swings in the hills of Los Gatos, California. All before the dot com era, when the only screens were Zenith TV’s set to four channels, but mostly whichever one ran Star Trek.

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I really like your ending line—that's great, and a perfect show to add a little wonder while you're growing up. Vertiginous is the perfect word for those days too. Thank you for the comment, John.

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Jul 1, 2023Liked by Charles Schifano

" ... fear is also ... more intense when you’re young. A potential for violence feels vertiginous at any age, but, when you must tilt your head upward to find the world, violence is absolute, it feels intolerable, horrific, and inescapable when you’re so small and everyone else is so big." Yes, Charles, it does. And wow! I have wanted to express this for years, but did not know how. Thank you for taking me back to the JOY of my childhood with this excellent piece. It is hard to access it through the pain.

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Thank you very much, Sharron.

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Jul 1, 2023Liked by Charles Schifano

Beautiful post, Charles. I've been thinking a lot about this in recent times. I really like that description of novelty when you're younger: 'Passion and ferocity and expansiveness'. Perfect.

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Thank you very much, Michael.

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Beautiful. Love the vivid use of the 5 senses and the details.

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Thank you, Michael.

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Thank you very much, Mary.

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