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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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Borderline with Blemishes

March 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Afterlife, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Difficult Decisions, Family, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Feel Good, Funny Character Study, Funny Psychology, Funny Writing Story, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Lifestyle, Literary, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Religion, Religious allegory, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Theology, Uplifting, Whimsy

“Ogden almost committed a crime today.” The angel Ecanus was talking with the angel Gavreel in heaven’s lounge area. They’d had a hard day monitoring their charges.  There were still hours to go, but they were stealing a few quiet moments. “Almost? Is that good news?” asked Gavreel. “In Ogden’s case, yes. I know we’re […]

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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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Ornament

August 11th, 2011 · 11 Comments · Afterlife, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Christmas, Cottage Life, Cute, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Humor, Fantasy, Feel Good, Funny Family, Funny Religious, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Religion, Religious allegory, Screwball, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Theology, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

There were several reasons why Giles’ mood was tanking. First, there was the change in seasons. Summer was only a degree or two away from turning into fall. Giles loved the summer. He lived in a northern clime and the winters were long and harsh. The cold weather, when he’d been a child, had encompassed […]

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A Dozen Answers to One Osama Bin Laden Mystery

May 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments · American Humor, Armed Forces Lifestyle, Bad Taste, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Family, Funny Horror, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Monster, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Political Humor, Sardonic, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Tasteless, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Whimsy, Witty

The following attempts to provide an answer to one major mystery attached to the most recent behavior of Osama Bin Laden. By the way, I realize some people may wonder about the “taste” of this piece. That’s why I’m issuing a “gallows humor” alert up-front.  So why did Osama choose to keep his family living in plain sight […]

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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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Reminisce Once Too Often

October 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cute, Entertainment, Family, Family Humor, Funny Family, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Medical Humor, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

     The following are my ruminations on the passage of time and the aging process.      There are also some wry observations on how tolerant society is towards the elderly.      What’s required may be a little more patience. Of course, most of this is tongue in cheek.         Tick-tock or digital flash,      seconds race a headlong […]

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That Would Be Naïve of Me

April 24th, 2010 · 5 Comments · American Humor, Canada Humor, Cop Humor, Corruption, Difficult Decisions, Disturbing, Economic Humor, Economics, Family, Funny Rant, Funny Workplace, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Mathematics, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Police Lifestyle, Political Humor, Politicians, Rant, Sardonic, Satire, Scandal, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Vice, Workplace, Zany

As a special favor, Louise Traynor was escorted to a couple’s table in the trattoria’s alcove by the establishment’s executive chef and owner late into the luncheon sitting. The faux Italian décor was complemented by Dean Martin crooning in the background. A tiny fountain listlessly gurgled in the centre of the room. Other diners noted […]

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A Curious Case of Bottled-up Passion

January 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cop Humor, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Drama, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Police Lifestyle, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Pug-nosed Pat and gum-chewing Chris, two long-time Irish cops, were back on the day shift after a month spent on the night rotation. Their patrol area ranged from the entertainment district in the east to the upscale shopping blocks downtown. Being a cop in these days was quite a different experience than it had been […]

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