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The Priestess and Her Strobe Light Burden

January 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Afterlife, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cop Humor, Disturbing, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, Funny Paranormal, Ghost Story, Horror, Human Nature, Imagery, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Macabre, Magic Realism, Medieval, Monster, Murder, Mystery, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Prose Poetry, Religion, Retribution, Revenge, Sardonic, Scary, Screwball, Sorcery, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Witchcraft

With the exception of a section towards the end of this story, all of the events recorded below occurred in one special year. The season and the locales are noted in italics. ** Early spring, Barrie, Ontario, Canada: The first officer on the scene struggled to come up with a reaction. He thought it wasn’t […]

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Nostra and Damus

January 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Corruption, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Tragedy, Feel Good, Funny Paranormal, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Irony, Literary, Longing, Love, Lyrical, Macabre, Medieval, Monster, Mood, Murder, Murder Mystery, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Prose Poetry, Religion, Romance, Screwball, Storytelling, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Twisted, Wedding, Whimsy

Beginnings oft times are brutal. Unfortunately, so are endings. In between is mostly a race. A mad dash to grow up, acquire knowledge and earn a living, whether honestly or not. Events spin out of control. The passing show’s a blur. On the final leg, if we’re lucky and fate hasn’t already intervened, we race […]

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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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A Beatles’ Legacy

October 8th, 2011 · 8 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Family, Family Humor, Funny Family, Funny Religious, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Lyrical, Mood, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Poem, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Religion, Screwball, Slice of Life, Sweet, Uplifting, Whimsy

One can easily turn reflective with the passage of the years. Birthdays serve to stimulate strolls down meandering and wayward paths. As I approach “the golden years”, I know I’m supposed to be thinking of travel, playing golf, putting my feet up, reaping my rewards. But I’m not sure any of that is for me.  So here’s […]

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The Melancholy Fog Harvester

April 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Dreams, Drugs, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Magic Realism, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Parable, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Puns, Romance, Science Fiction, Storytelling, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty

It was late of an evening and I’d run out of milk and snacks. Besides, I wanted some fresh air. That’s how it came about I was on my way to the local Daisy Mart before it closed at ten p.m. You don’t get fog in the city much anymore. Too much traffic. There’s an […]

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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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Gravity’s Absence

March 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Academia, Academics, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Drama, Family, Family Tragedy, Human Nature, Infidelity, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Murder, Not As It Seems, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Romance, School Days, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Twisted

Mille Feuille hated and loved the Mix Master. Both were stars in their tiny firmament. They were on the faculty of the English Department at a smallish but well-respected university in Peterborough, Ontario. The academic life in such a small community was a tiny whirlwind of activity that mimicked the larger vortex in nearby Toronto […]

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Godzilla’s in the House

October 1st, 2010 · 4 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Construction Humor, Cute, Entertainment, Family Humor, Fantasy, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Outrageous, Poem, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Puns, Satire, Science Fiction, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

Twitter has a quaint tradition known as Follow Friday. This is the commendable practice, carried out during the last workday of each week, of recommending fellow tweeters for following. The means is to list names (the @ avatars) along with an accompanying hashtag description (#fridayfollow). The problem is that a mere listing of names quickly turns bland. In fairly short order, it […]

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Side-by-side Story-telling Song Titles

September 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Charming, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Family, Funny Song Lyrics, Funny Writing Story, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Music, Musical Humor, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Prose Poetry, Puns, Romance, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

I’ve come up with a parlour game that’s the mental equivalent of twiddling one’s thumbs. Think of an imaginary statement, proposition or news item that uses at least two popular song titles. Then consider what the reaction of an impartial observer might be. Is this confusing? Read a few examples and you’ll quickly catch the drift. […]

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The Size of the Skip

March 27th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Coming of Age, Cottage Life, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Mood, Nostalgia, Prose Poetry, Slice of Life, Sports and Recreation, Uplifting, Whimsy

Note: This story received an honorable mention in the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.   The man, his son and his daughter had a routine when they went for a bike ride. Taking point position would be the son, about to turn age 12, on a medium-sized bike. In the middle would be the daughter, […]

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