Quiet Life In A
Loud World

I AM SMOKING A HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE FILLED WITH SIR WALTER RALEIGH PIPE TOBACCO! THE POUCH IS BY MY LEFT ELBOW! IT IS THREE QUARTERS EMPTY! ROCKY IS DRAWING WITH A FELT TIPPED PEN ON PINK PAPER! HE PUTS THAT ASIDE TO POKE AT THE HASH PIPE HE MADE OUT OF A NAUTILUS SHELL! DANNY IS DRAWING, TOO! EZRA THE DOG IS CHEWING A STICK TO BITS ON THE FLOOR! ELSA IS PICKING FLEAS OUT OF A TATUM THE CAT’S FUR! BOB AND PEGGY ARE UPSTAIRS IN BED! THE PHONE RINGS! IT’S SUSAN CALLING DANNY! EZRA FOLLOWS HIM OUT OF THE ROOM! TOMORROW IS DOROTHY’S BIRTHDAY! I’M HAVING DINNER WITH HER! EZRA IS BACK! HE’S GNAWING A BONE! THE RECORD PLAYER SHUTS ITSELF OFF! I TURN ON THE TELEVISION! IT’S THE END OF A COP SHOW! GUNSHOTS AND SIRENS!

THE FUGITIVE’S WIFE ANNOUNCES SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A BABY! HER HUSBAND SURRENDERS SHOUTING, “LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION AND LONG LIVE MY BABY!” TATUM LEAPS INTO MY LAP, PURRING LIKE MAD! IT’S TIME FOR THE LATE NEWS! A GENERAL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH PERJURY IN AN ARMY KICK-BACK SCANDAL! EAST HARTFORD TEACHERS ARE STILL OUT ON STRIKE MEL LAIRD DISMISSES THE POSSIBILITY OF A UNILATERAL CEASE-FIRE IN VIET NAM! STUDENT REBELLION IS FOUND PREVALENT IN U.S. HIGH SCHOOLS! SNOW IS COMING TO NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND! A HURRICANE IS FORMING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO! I’M GOING TO THE KITCHEN TO GET MILK AND COOKIES!