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The Peace-of-mind Thief

December 1st, 2013 · No Comments · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Construction Humor, Cop Humor, Cottage Life, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Banter, Funny Construction, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, Funny Script, Funny Workplace, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Literary, Love Triangle, Lyrical, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Offbeat, Romance, Romp, Scandal, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Small Town Humor, Surprise Twists

Secrets! Sugar sprinkled on candy or arsenic mixed with nightshade. Are you in the know or flying blind? Delicious seductive power or unpredictable happen-anytime pain. Who to bring into the inner circle? Who best left excluded? Where to extend the intimacy? An implication of purity that’s non-existent. Most secrets aren’t. Obscuring the truth, they rarely […]

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Foil’s Forsaken Folio

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · Academics, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, General Humor, General Interest, Horror, Human Nature, Irony, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Macabre, Monster, Murder, Murder Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Romance, Sardonic, Satire, School Days, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Zany

There once lived a king who loved the theater. His taste crossed all genres – romances, sophisticated comedies, broad farces and stomach-churning tragedies. He particularly liked historical pieces that featured his ancestors. Watching his predecessors parade around in crowns and tiaras while engaging in outrageous behavior was a self-centered delight. The royals’ peccadilloes were well […]

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Physician to Precarious Longings

November 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Crossed Wires, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Family, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Literary, Love, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Prose Poetry, Romance, Sardonic, Screwball, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty

What he liked about her was her laughter. What she liked about him was his silence. Her laughter was quiet, rich and reflective. It was doled out sparingly. When forthcoming, you knew it had been earned. It carried neither price tag, nor was gained at another’s expense. Sometimes she giggled. Those were special occasions, when they […]

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The Great Wall of America (a.k.a. Diagonally Across the Country)

October 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Coming of Age, Cute, Family Humor, Funny Gotcha, Funny Rant, General Humor, General Interest, Geopolitics, Halloween, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Lifestyle, Medical Humor, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Opinion Piece, Parable, Political Humor, Politicians, Rant, School Days, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists

“China has one. Why can’t we?” Trevor Deeds was reading a quote from a magazine article while he waited for his appointment at the doctor’s office. The featured story examined a number of proposals to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexican border. Several artists’ renderings were included. There was speculation it might need to be […]

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Trap

April 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Armed Forces Lifestyle, Career Choices, Children and Pets, Coming of Age, Difficult Decisions, Family, Family Tragedy, General Interest, Geopolitics, Hard Life Choices, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Military Life, Opinion Piece, Poem, Poetry, Police Lifestyle, Prose Poetry, Serious, Slice of Life, U.S. Social Commentary

This is a more serious piece than I usually write. It’s another effort at prose/poetry based on an important theme, how many of us become trapped into doing what we may not want to do. By the way, should anyone wonder if my ventures in this area are an attempt to ease the burden of […]

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A Father and Son Explore Some Grey Areas

February 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Coming of Age, Cute, Entertainment, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Absurd, Funny Banter, Funny Cheating, Funny Competition, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Parable, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Magic Realism, Not As It Seems, Satire, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Whimsy

“Keep your voice down. I don’t want either of us to get into trouble. There are some things that aren’t talked about up here.” Jebediah Senior and Jebediah Junior were meeting in heaven for the first time since the former’s death thirty-five years earlier in a car crash and the latter’s recent shackles-shedding on account […]

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Copycat Commute Concerto

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Cop Humor, Family Humor, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Dog, Funny Driving, Funny Family, Geopolitics, Green Environment, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Music, Musical Humor, Opinion Piece, Parable, Political Humor, Puns, Satire, School Days, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists

    A father drove his two children, 12-year-old Bud and eight-year-old Betty-Lou, to school every morning. In good weather and bad, mostly in heavy traffic, they motored slowly along the well-established route and talked through many of the major issues of life.    “What’s that guy doing, Dad?” asked Bud, sitting in the front seat with […]

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A Dystopian View on Being Ripe

January 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Coming of Age, Economic Humor, Economics, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Banter, Funny Canada, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Government, Funny Parable, Funny Politics, Funny Psychology, Funny Science Fiction, Geopolitics, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Opinion Piece, Parable, Political Humor, Puns, Satire, School Days, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, U.S. Social Commentary

  “Daddy, why does Canada have so many comedians?” 10-year old Justin asked, one blustery winter evening.  The magic hour approached when the burden of parenthood was about to be ever so briefly lifted and some time might be spent by mom and dad alone in front of the television set.  “I have a theory […]

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Platter and Glance

January 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Crossed Wires, Difficult Decisions, Drama, Friendship, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Loss of Innocence, Love Triangle, Mood, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Romance, Satire, School Days, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, University

Branscomb Hall was where the brainiacs lived. There might be psychedelic drugs, free sex and rock and roll elsewhere on campus, but the boys of “Branny” were renowned for keeping their noses to the grindstone. South of the border, Americans were agonizing over the Vietnam War. In Canada, these were the halcyon days before OPEC […]

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In Memoriam, Life Magnifico

January 8th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Afterlife, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Christmas, Coming of Age, Family, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Feel Good, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Psychology, Funny Strange, Ghost Story, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Mood, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Puns, Serious, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Uplifting, Whimsy

Paul didn’t care that some people might find it maudlin. Perhaps even in questionable taste. It had long given him comfort. And now he was sharing it with his children. It was their annual day to visit the cemeteries – two in fact. One on the outer fringe of the mega city, that Paul liked […]

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