Monthly archives: August, 2015

#262 A Visitor

#262  A Visitor Palm trees grow, warm breezes blow and rents are low, but I cried, “This ain’t home.” “Did you ever read about how bad it is back home?” “I don’t give a shit. I just came here to visit. That was 20 years ago.” “The war started while you were here, and believe…



#261 A Woman’s World

#261 A Woman’s World   In the year 2054, after the internet crash, and WWIII, women managed to grab power around the world by promising there’d never be another war. They passed laws that emasculated surviving men, who were outnumbered 10 to 1. I had to accept the decrees, fair or not. The war and…




#259 Is it Cold Enough

#260 Is it Cold Enough I was stupid enough to come to Chicago where it’s so cold; the zoo had to take its Polar Bear inside so it wouldn’t freeze. Like a fool, I thought I was immune. Now I’m paying for my mistake by hosting a viral disease called a cold and wishing I’d…



#239 Alone

#259 Not a Hero

#259 Not a Hero   The sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky as Meg and I took our hiking gear from the car. “I’m leaving our raincoats. No sense in carrying them.” “Sure,” Meg said, “We definitely won’t need them. The trail’s only a nine mile loop. We’ll return here in a few hours.”…




#258 Sally

#258 Sally

#258 Sally I want to tell you about Sally. She had a face like a bulldog, but because she arrived at the docks early in the morning looking for a boat to take her fishing, she became the most beautiful girl in the world. I rushed to her side. “Looking for a boat to take…


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#257 – It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives 964 words

  #257 – It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives    964 words During 1993, I was repainting one of the surviving Mormon buildings in Nauvoo, Illinois. The word Nauvoo means beautiful in Hebrew, and the old settlement is a beautiful place with well-constructed brick buildings and picturesque surroundings. My third day on the…



#256 White is White

  I rolled into Prescott, Arizona one cold winter day without a dime in my pocket. Word on the street about Prescott was that homeless people could exist in the city that brags it’s everybody’s home town. So when I arrived, I told myself, “I’m home!” Next, I went to the Salvation Army took a…



#254 Treasure Hunt

#254 Treasure Hunt My father disappeared when I was 5. I wondered what had happened to him until I turned 25. While searching the mountains where he was last seen alive, I found his skeleton buried in a cave. I knew it was him when I read his journal. Following are his words verbatim. “Look…




#254 Chicago

  Joe looked through the picture window at the end of the bar and saw the misty and dark sky. “Look at it,” he shouted. “It shrouds the city for days at a time.” “Think warm,” Kathy said, “Picture in your mind what we left behind.” Joe closed his eyes and saw the ocean waves…



#253 – The Food Train Arrives.

                580 words   A crowd waited at the Slabinac Railroad Terminal for the train to arrive. Myrtle glanced around at all the hungry people waiting. She appreciated the good people of New York sending trainloads of food. “If it weren’t for them New Yorkers, Half of us…