Tag Archives: Challenges

No Such Thing as Freedom…

With grim satisfaction I received the news. At last we were free. No more dancing to your tune. No more “yes sir, no sir, anything you say, sir!” No more running for cover. No stiff upper lip while you bullied … Continue reading

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A Whale of a Tale

I’d just polished off my sixth Budweiser and was half-asleep when I felt someone plop down in the sand beside me – a beauty with sea-green eyes and white surfer girl hair that rippled like waves around her hips. “Well, hello, beauty,” … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

As time passes, I keep getting fatter, thought Effie, reaching for her third pastry. “Another glass of tea?” asked Loretta. Effie looked at the icy, sugary tea with longing. “I shouldn’t… but, Lord! You make the best sweet tea, Loretta.” … Continue reading

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ALPHABET SOUP STORIES: C is for Cassandra

Cassandra Miller had just settled her two girls in front of the TV, giving each a bowl of dry Cheerios to munch on, when there was a knock at the front door. She looked through the small peephole and saw … Continue reading

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ALPHABET SOUP STORIES: A is for Adelaide

Adelaide inhaled the calming nicotine, then tapped the cigarette against the glass rim of the ashtray. Smoking was a filthy habit and one she should give up. But not this weekend, she thought, bringing the cigarette once more to her … Continue reading

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Boys Will Be Boys

From the start, Enid realized there was something not quite right about Ralphie, but her husband, George, always looked the other way, saying “Boys will be boys.” Later, psychologists attributed the worsening changes in Ralphie’s behavior to George’s sudden, unexpected demise; … Continue reading

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Cruising Altitude

Joanna looked out the jet’s window as it achieved cruising altitude, enjoying briefly the fantasy of existing between two worlds. Heaven and earth. Heaven? The arbiter of her better instincts laughed. Only a fool believes heaven is for the likes of … Continue reading

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Make an Offer and Then Get Out

For too many years, Meredith Fitler Bradford had forgotten she was the daughter of a man who had once been a master of the universe. Pretentious and full of chutzpah, Wallace Fitler had made his money through keen observation and … Continue reading

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Long Live the Queen

When daylight returned, the king was dead. Sitting on the edge of her sofa, Joanna contemplated the body that had once housed the important Edward Pennington Bradford IV. The unnatural stillness in the air made her wonder if he’d taken … Continue reading

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Bedtime

He placed a gentle kiss on top of her silvery head, then roughly wiped at his tears with the heel of his hand. “So, old girl, the doc says our journey’s over and it’s time for us to part.” His … Continue reading

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