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We All Can Read: The Supplemental Reader James E.

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No Doughnuts But I Did Eat Goulash


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The boulevard was quiet. Not a soul was to be seen. As an afterthought, I bought the journals morning edition. There was no glamour on the front page, just the usual overwrought journalism. Youthful crime is up; the caribou herd in the far north is not flourishing because of drought; the airline is seeking new routes and a new concourse. All the news was routine. I went down the thoroughfare to the souvenir shop to use my coupon to buy a cantaloupe, soup, and doughnuts for nourishment. The journey was rough. The owner was late again; his door was locked. That man is the scourge of the borough; he is out of his gourd. He is never courteous, and when he pours coffee, he sometimes spills it on my pompadour. I will not mourn if this ghoul were to get eaten by a cougar. I decided to adjourn to the shoulder of the road near the boulder. Out walked a troubadour group with acoustic guitars singing Down at the Bayou. Encouraged, I decided to eat goulash somewhere else and skip the extra calories.

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The Journalists on the Concourse


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The group of journalists met on the concourse. One thoughtless youth in the group went to the roulette table. But his overwrought sojourn lacked courage, and the other journalists had enough of his discourteous furlough. One man brought cough drops to the meeting because his voice was rough, and he knew the acoustics in the courtyard might be bad. One man brought doughnuts and sought to court others by providing nourishment. Two men fought to give a bouquet to a woman from the bayou who wore red rouge. One man as an afterthought bought a gourd as a souvenir that he carried on his shoulder. Not a soul was outside in the downpour. The drought was long in the past now. The damp brought mould with it, and not all had the resources to prevent this scourge that did flourish in the rain. Some decided to have soup while others had cantaloupe. Four men had goulash.