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P1720826 casa loca y more

Whenever I return home, I note the placement of the gate latch, the padlock on the outside of the bodega doors, and I step inside, look at the floor and say, “Hello House!”    Yesterday after a three-day absence, I returned home to find everything in its place.

Except for one item.

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Oil Painting by Joseph Kaknes

The painting that my friend Joe gave me was face down on the shelf.  Surely it was his way of sending a goodbye smile.

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Although he lived half an hour away, Joe dropped by the rancho whenever I returned to the area.

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