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Profile in Courage

Profile in Courage Laboring, in the vineyards of the vote, has always been a task ill-suited to the strongly principled. Compromise, deal making and...
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Pretending to Believe

I didn't even know people did this on-line. Image is author's own fault.
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The Wayward Noodle 3

Soon, Noodle was back at ‘Mon Plume’. It was completely closed. He came to a two-point landing on a ceiling fan over the restaurant floor, which he...
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The Womb and the Wave

I was born in the 20th century and spent at least 55 years there. I was young, enthusiastic and hopeful. By the end of the century I was at my peak...
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An Original Obsession

Undercurrents ensure the power of waves by scouring beneath for anything which may impede Northumberland Strait’s drive and bouncing crests are...
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Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage The chilly winds swept over the Lake Erie ice. The mist and damp, of an overnight cloudburst, lingered and added to the feeling of...
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The Wayward Noodle 2

In Cincinnati, a woman sat at an old switchboard. She had fifty years in with Ma Bell as a payphone operator. It was one of the more stressful jobs...
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The Wayward Noodle 1

Noodle lived inside a box with a thousand other macaronis, in the name-brand pasta section of a Gem Supermarket. But, he was no non-count noodle. He...
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Bless Me Father

In the confessional.
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Chemo 5

I had an email from my brother-in-law today. It was headed “Sympathy”. It rather startled me because he is a cancer epidemiologist and statistician...
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The Book of Love

Did you write it? I don't believe in him upstairs either. Whatever the book says. Image created at canva from pd elements.
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The Gift

The Gift (14.08.2022) Here, hold out your hands, I have a gift for you that slips like sand. Quick, don’t take a breath, you’ll let it fall and make...
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Charmed (Part Two of Two)

Audio version at: https://soundcloud.com/user-62051685/charmed-part-two Part one at: https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/charmed-part-one-two...
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At this time

mid-season doodle
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"Exotic Illnesses" - third chapter (part 2 of 2)

[Continued from previous entry due to character limit] “I just said you and I had been hanging out, ‘cause I knew he came from your school and would...
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"Exotic Illnesses" - third chapter (part 1 of 2)

Had to split the 3rd chapter due character limit. Let me know your thoughts - is this worth contnuing to novel length, is there enough there in terms of hook and plot, character etc?
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Ulf and Sven and Eurovision Song Contest

Sven: ( offstage ) "Ulf. Ulf." (enter Sven) Sven: "Turn the TV on Ulf, it's the Eurovision Song Contest." Ulf: "Surely you don't want to watch that...
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Manners

Image: Wikimedia Commons
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"Exotic Illnesses" Second chapter of novel

TWO The economy of Rosella is almost entirely in the sugar cane crop. My family was always removed from this central economy; my mother, an...
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Something Stupid

I've been going through some older stuff and came across one I never used. Thought I'd put it out there. *** Something Stupid Betty flipped the...
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