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Wednesday Whine – Of Weather, Books & Crops

It’s Wednesday again! No wine tonight. I’m ready to settle down with something warm… hmm, perhaps a mug of cocoa with a shot of something nice in it? Am I the only one sick of winter? Gosh, how can there … Continue reading

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Sex, Spittle and Vengeance

I’m telling you this story because you’re the only one I trust not to judge me. Others might think me hard. Not you. Maybe because we’re similar in ways that count: we’ve had to scrounge through garbage to get anywhere. … Continue reading

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The Greatest Crime

Delighting in the beauty surrounding her, she wondered how she and the husband had gotten such a cushy job. The landlord was generous, allowing them full run of the place as long as they took care of it. It was … Continue reading

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A Schuyler Falls Story: The Pearl

The black man stood a fair distance from the group of mourners at the gravesite.  His nervous fingers worried the soft hat in his hands. He was dressed in his Sunday best – a worn blue suit, freshly pressed. The … Continue reading

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The Importance of Words

One thing you’ve always taught me, Grandfather, and that is that words are important. An educated person should be well versed in the English language and employ her words with careful precision. Sitting here with you, I can’t help but … Continue reading

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Lucky Lisa

“Careful, sweetheart,” said Niles, helping her from the car. “Dr. Mendez said you should take things slow.” Clinging to her husband’s arm, Lisa forced a smile. After twelve months, the doctors had pronounced her cured and released her from the … Continue reading

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Lonely Hearts

“He’s downstairs waiting for you,” said Dad, balancing on his cane. He was Danny, the terrific guy I’d managed to snag thanks to an online dating service. “You going out again? You were just out the other night. This fellow … Continue reading

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Better Angels

He and the dog were seated at the corner of the busy intersection. Every day for a week, I’d spotted them on my ride to work. He was middle-aged, scruffy, bearded. The dog, a German Shepherd mix, sat quietly by … Continue reading

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The Client

“Let me get this straight, sir,” I said, setting the teacup aside. “You wish to hire our firm to babysit your daughter?” Smoothing back a lock of silver hair, the doctor shook his head. “Not precisely, Mr. Tate. My daughter … Continue reading

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Infinite Jest: The Story of Jackie O’Rourke

Keeping his hands away from what wasn’t his had always been a problem for Jackie O’Rourke. Jackie worked for Boss Harrigan, a shady Boston pol who had managed to amass a fortune in ways best contemplated in silence. Jackie was … Continue reading

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