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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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Dracula Meets Al Gore

November 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Horror, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, General Humor, Horror, Jokes, Literary, Macabre, Monster, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Romp, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Uncategorized, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

The 19th century writers Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker were among the first great environmentalists. Their creations – Frankenstein’s “monster” and Count Dracula respectively ‒ blazed new trails in preserving scarce resources. In his research and during the operation that led to his triumph, Dr. Frankenstein was careful to use the purest form of electric […]

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The Seductive Charm of a Tentative Touch

March 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Afterlife, Clash of the Sexes, Disturbing, Dreams, Drugs, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Ghost Story, Horror, Human Nature, Imagery, Literary, Love, Love Triangle, Lyrical, Macabre, Magic Realism, Monster, Mood, Murder, Murder Mystery, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Offbeat, Paranormal, Romance, Scary, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted

Regal and relaxed; five foot six or so; in her early twenties; hair in a pixie cut; flawless light brown skin. Those were some of the phrases that came to Sylvia’s mind as the young woman floated into her store. Sylvia was alerted by the sound of a bell set off by the opening wooden screen […]

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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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The Whipper Snapper Side-Swipe Caper

February 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Corruption, Economic Humor, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Farce, Funny Aging, Funny Banter, Funny Canada, Funny Character Study, Funny Competition, Funny Corruption, Funny Gotcha, Funny Government, Funny Larceny, Funny Romance, Funny Scandal, Funny Science Fiction, Human Nature, Irony, Literary, Love, Macabre, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Political Humor, Politicians, Romp, Satire, Scandal, Science Fiction, Screwball, Surprise Twists, Time Travel, Whimsy

Prologue: 1987 “What’s $100,000?” she asked flippantly. “It’s $95,000 more than I’ve got,” was his answer. She was starting to drive him crazy. She had two pre-occupations, money and her research. On neither score, was she in any way practical. They’d been living together in a basement apartment for seven months while attending Queen’s University […]

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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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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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Pretty Sure What Done Him In

November 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Academics, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cop Humor, Cute, Disturbing, Fairy Tale, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, Funny Noir, General Humor, Horror, Human Nature, Imagery, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Mood, Murder, Murder Mystery, Mystery, Noir, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Parable, Police Lifestyle, Sardonic, Satire, Scary, Screwball, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

“His brain was trashed,” she said. “Excuse me?” was his response. “I don’t know how it happened, but his brain was trashed. You know, like a hotel room after a rock star’s attack of indigestion,” said Corina. “Wow! Any idea how it happened?” asked Chief Inspector Beige. “I’m pretty sure I answered that question.” Corina […]

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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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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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