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Daniel “Dan” Bluford is the Director of Polar City Single Organism Research Lab Facilities. A business he helped to create. The world’s leading architect of sustainable, ecologically conscious products for energy, manufacturing, water treatment, waste management, and environmental clean-up equipment. A company whose mission statement read in part, “Better environment through industry.”

Unable to stay awake on his drive home after work, the loving husband and father stopped for coffee at a familiar coffee shop. The place was empty, aside from a lone barista. A young woman with a sacred Maori chin tattoo and an infectious smile.

Dan decides to stay and drink some of his pick-me-up before heading back on the road. He has a seat and sends a text message to his wife to inform her of his intentions. Toni responds that she understands, adorned with hearts and kisses emoji. Shortly afterward, Dan awakens in a strange hospital room on a distant planet, where he is informed that he is part of an exchange student program between his world and theirs.

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FROM “CASE 121” AND “SILVER ANNIVERSARY” TO “COMA,” “THE LAST SERIOUS MAN,” AND “FOGBOUND,” LONG JOURNEY HOME TAKES THE READER ON DISTINCTIVE, ECLECTIC, WINDING JOURNEYS THROUGH THE ASTONISHING COMPLEXITIES OF DEVOTION, RELATIONSHIPS, LONGING, LUST, AND LOVE WITH A DASH OF DETECTIVE MYSTERIES TOSSED IN FOR ADDITIONAL SPICE.

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THE CAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION AGENCY REGISTERED ITS MOST PROFITABLE YEAR TO DATE. EARNINGS GENERATED BY PUTTING IN A LOT OF OVERTIME. C. J. CAVANAUGH’S PI PARTNER, RENITA HARRIS, IS ON A WELL-DESERVED SIX WEEKS’ VACATION. NOT A PROBLEM. C. J. IS ANTICIPATING AN EASY GOING SIX WEEKS. INSURANCE FRAUD AND BACKGROUND CHECKS MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THEIR INVESTIGATIONS. WORK THAT IS MORE MONOTONOUS THAN DANGEROUS. UNLIKE HIS DEA DEEP COVER DAYS.

 

AN UNFORTUNATE COMBINATION OF PERSONAL ABSENCES AND A FLU EPIDEMIC HAD CRIPPLED THE LOCAL DEA OF FIELD OPERATIVES. HIS GOOD FRIEND PORTLAND DEA DIRECTOR PATRICK O’MALLEY ASKS C. J. FOR HELP. C. J. IS GLAD TO LEND A HAND. A DEA SURVEILLANCE OPERATION ON A DRUG DISTRIBUTION HOT SPOT IS WHERE C. J. IS ASSIGNED. WHAT C. J. WITNESSES DURING HIS SHIFT FORCES HIM TO GO NOSE-TO-NOSE AGAINST A DECORATED PORTLAND NARC AND OREGON’S DRUG CZAR.

 

THE FBI HAVE UNCOVERED A NATIONAL DARK ORGANIZATION CALLED FIRESTORM THAT SPECIALIZES IN ARSON. THE FBI HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO INFILTRATE FIRESTORM. HIS FRIEND AND LOCAL FBI DIRECTOR ASK A SPECIAL FAVOR OF HIM. HE WANTS TO ENLIST C. J. IN AN UNDERCOVER OPERATION THAT COULD OPEN THE DOOR TO FIRESTORM. C. J. AGREES TO HELP. WITH PRACTICALLY ZERO INSIDE KNOWLEDGE ON FIRESTORM, C. J. HAS NO IDEA IF THE OPERATION WILL GO SOUTH IN A HURRY.

 

SO MUCH FOR A RELAXING SIX WEEKS.

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"ONE THOUSAND YEARS IN

THE BODY OF NATURE IS

A FLITTING HEARTBEAT."

 

THE HAIKU EMERGED IN JAPANESE LITERATURE DURING THE 17TH CENTURY. A POETIC ARRANGEMENT CONSISTING OF 17 SYLLABLES COMPOSED OF THREE CORRESPONDING LINES OF 5, 7, AND 5 SYLLABLES. THE ORIGINAL ART FORM FOCUSED ON THE NATURAL WORLD. A NUMBER OF THE HAIKU IN THIS COLLECTION STRAY FROM THAT TRADITION. ADDRESSING A WIDE VARIETY OF SUBJECTS WHILE MAINTAINING AT THEIR CORE A DESIRED EMOTIONAL RESPONSE. WHILE I ENDEAVORED TO WRITE A HAIKU A DAY FOR 366 CONSECUTIVE DAYS MY EFFORTS WERE IN VAIN. A HAIKU LIKE EVERY ARTISTIC CREATION WILL COME IN ITS TIME AS DID EACH IN THIS COLLECTION. NONETHELESS, I HOPE YOU ENJOY A LEAP YEAR OF HAIKU.

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