Short Stories

Short vignettes about the world around me though my imagination "remembers" things differently.

Canine Solar Eclipse Glasses

Canine Solar Eclipse Glasses

August 19, 2017 |

Can we talk about a controversial topic?  No, not politics. That would be easy in comparison.  We need to talk about pets and the solar eclipse. Do dogs need to wear solar eclipse glasses? Should they just stay inside so they don’t damage their eyes?  Facebook is full of warnings about dogs who will need seeing eye dogs…

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Rise Of The Radical Alt-Center

August 18, 2017 |

Our country reached a boiling point of political friction this past week and much discussion has centered around the “many sides” involved. Most of the attention has been focused on the alt-right, but some have also discussed the actions of the alt-left. But our main stream media, as always, fails to tell us the whole…

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Don’t Wear Sunglasses To An Eclipse

August 14, 2017 |

Since our area is in the path of totality for next week’s solar eclipse, the North Carolina Highway Patrol issued a press statement listing several safety reminders. Many of them are quite reasonable: Be patient Expect traffic delays Arrive early But further down the list come items that you would hope a licensed driver doesn’t…

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Mowing Is A Pain In The Ass

August 7, 2017 |

Mowing is a pain in the ass. My dislike for mowing began early when my father insisted I mow the lawn. I protested about the unfairness of it all, but he pointed to the food I ate, the bed I slept in and the clothes I wore. He always fought dirty like that. I would grumble about how none of my friends were forced to…

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modern torture devices

Modern Torture Devices

July 31, 2017 |

Our ancestors worried more about becoming dinner than watching what they ate. Today, exercise equipment has become our modern torture devices.

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Of Mice and Men - The Eviction

Of Mice and Men: The Eviction

July 24, 2017 |

After battling mice in my grill for several years, I took desperate measures. And then I wondered about the mouse’s point of view.

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Seeing The Light

July 17, 2017 |

Changing light bulbs should be such a simple task, but nothing is simple when progressive eyeglasses and technology intervene.

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The Past Will Haunt You

July 10, 2017 |

The past will haunt you in many ways, especially if you have to clean out decades of storage boxes that you haven’t opened in years.

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Frenetic Fireworks Finale

July 3, 2017 |

Professional fireworks shows abound on Independence Day but are not accessible to Boy Scouts attending summer camp on July 4. To remedy that misfortune one year, four bored camp counselors – Caleb, Michael, Jacob, and David – launched some stashed fireworks to entertain the campers. Cheers greeted the few sparklers and Roman Candles, though the…

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Tall Boys Play Basketball

Tall Boys Play Basketball

June 26, 2017 |

Everyone assumes tall boys play basketball, which can be a real challenge for tall boys who lack any natural talent for the game.

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Long Distance Trouble

June 19, 2017 |

The dreaded full name shouted by your parents. You could hear it anywhere in the neighborhood and knew that you were in long distance trouble.

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Language Skills

The Fun of Language Skills

June 12, 2017 |

Don settled into his chair, tired from the long day. Annual meetings of location managers are an evil business necessity, a mixture of informative and dull, friendly and competitive, fun and excruciating. At least the big boss had picked an excellent Chinese restaurant for the evening’s meal, a chance to relax with the team. Except…

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