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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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“Two Scoops” Is Just Right – Now Available!

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Cute, Economic Humor, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Dog, Funny Family, Funny Irony, Funny Rant, Funny Workplace, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Irony, Jokes, Lifestyle, Love, Mystery, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Paranormal, Religious allegory, Romance, School Days, Science Fiction, Screwball, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Time Travel, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

A collection of some of the stories appearing on this blog site. Mr. Carrick’s entertaining books are perfect for when you want to relax. They are also spot-on gifts for almost any occasion. To order “Two Scoops” Is Just Right for Kindle from Amazon,  please click here. “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! can be obtained by pressing  here. “Four Scoops” […]

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The Yin and Yang of Canadian Meteorology

February 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cottage Life, Cute, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Toronto, Funny Weather, Funny Winter, General Humor, General Interest, Jokes, Lifestyle, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Whimsy, Zany

We’re experiencing a winter without snow in Toronto. Actually, it’s been a late 2011 and early 2012 without much of a winter. In technical terms, the days between December 21 and March 21 are marching by. But they’re scurrying along much quicker without my having to shovel snow and worry about skidding all over the road while […]

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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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The Lord’s Rogue Locomotive

March 12th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Drama, Family, General Interest, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Music, Not As It Seems, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Religion, Religious allegory, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Supernatural, Theology

Apparently I have more of these kinds of stories in me. I view them as narrative, but my wife says they’re poetry. Please feel free to decide for yourself. ** All was peace and future blindness, not to know, a blessed kindness. A family strolls a hidden laneway, gently descending to sandy beach. Poplar ushers […]

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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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The Mechanized Sorting Day of the Dead

December 27th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Charming, Christmas, Cottage Life, Entertainment, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Horror, General Humor, General Interest, Ghost Story, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Magic Realism, Mood, Music, New Year's Eve, Offbeat, Paranormal, Song Lyrics, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Theology, Uplifting, Whimsy

Now that he was dead, Norman Watts was in possession of certain information that someone in the living world would have given an arm and a leg to discover. Forget Halloween or Dia de los Muertos or any of those other days of the year when the departed are supposed to be revered. They might have been […]

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The Seagull Poet of Butter Bay

September 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Anthropomorphic, Canada Humor, Charming, Cottage Life, Cute, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Jokes, Lifestyle, Longing, Lyrical, Mood, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Poetry, Puns, Satire, Screwball, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Uplifting, Whimsy, Wishful Thinking

In a vision, he’d once seen another seagull in a top hat dancing at the Trocadero. It was the most elegant thing ever. He became entranced by imagery and longed to give expression to his own special voice. There was no doubt, he was a poet at heart.   That’s what his girlfriend, Sandy Barr, told him. Never […]

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Knowing when You’ve had Enough of Your Summer Holiday

September 12th, 2009 · No Comments · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Family Humor, Funny Dog, Funny Family, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Medical Humor, Offbeat, Outrageous, Screwball, Silly, Slice of Life, Whimsy

Now that the weather has turned a little cooler, it’s easy to grow nostalgic about the warm relaxing days of summer. But it’s worth remembering that those days weren’t perfect either.   I knew this day would come, so I wrote down a quick summary of some of the little annoyances that made me glad to […]

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Spartacus the Kite

August 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Anthropomorphic, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Dreams, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Offbeat, Parable, Romp, Screwball, Sports and Recreation, Whimsy, Wishful Thinking, Witty, Zany

I made it. I’m free. I can’t believe it. This is so great!   I can hear them talking below me. They think this is a tragedy and it’s making them sad. They suspect the tree was lurking to ensnare me. They couldn’t be more wrong. I saw my opportunity and I took it.   The […]

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