“Accidental Artifacts” by Shane Wilson

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Nearly every artifact has a story connected to it, whether it be a hole in a helmet or a belt that a medic carried around with him as he treated the wounded on the beach.
-Stephen Ambrose

I often mine old stacks of cocktail napkins with memories scribbled in blue and black ink. I’m looking for inspiration from some word or phrase or maybe a drawing crudely sketched in the low light of a bar at night. I’ve told a number of these stories already, and I still have many others to tell, but this isn’t one of those stories. This is something else.

Last night while flipping through old napkins and pages in old journals, I found this page with one line of writing that is different from the rest. What it says and the story behind it is infinitely less important than what it signifies, though.

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