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Happiness is Hard to Beat (Story #38)

Gladys, aka, Ms. G. the OG, or Tia as she was known to all the kids on the block–even the Guan girls who had no idea what the word meant–had always been that positive presence in the neighborhood. Even before the city had come in and razed the old projects and replaced them with brightly […]

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The Night Runner (Story #32)

Tonight, for the first time since the accident, Henry drives himself to the community college on the other side of town where he will run around the track—lap after lap after lap. He won’t stop. He can’t. The old man will be watching him. Before the accident, before Henry saw the old man for the […]

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The Death of the 99% (Story #28)

“For years now, we’ve been doing the same, tired thing.  People get old or sick, or they’re born in a terrible place or have an accident, then they die and I go get them.  And what do they have to show for their trouble? That’s right. Nothing. Not a dime. Listen, I know you’re all […]

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The Red Ticket

  It’s been a long time since I met Vanyo, and I still laugh at the guy’s name. He’s a loser. He was when I met him and he still is. That’s the only thing you can call a guy who works at a carnival. He should own the thing by now, but he doesn’t. […]

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The Saddest Happy Ending Ever

Carson was a writer who made up stories about crazy things, like animals rowing out to catch up with Noah’s Ark.  Sometimes, he wrote about men finding tiny lint people in his pockets.  These stories were not true—at least not true in any way any of us would usually understand the word—but for the most […]

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A Fable of Facebook & Fathers

  So, my father died last week.  Sounds like the start to a bad joke, I know.   But it’s not a joke.  The joke is what comes next.  Before he died, he got a Facebook account.  My dad, though far older than the digital generation, was perfectly suited to social media.  He liked the idea […]

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This Just In (Story #21)

Robert first noticed it while driving to work.  He’d been off for a couple weeks—he’d been having terrible headaches and his boss told him to take some time.  Too much stress, Jeff told him.  Now, he was stuck in the usual traffic jam trying to get on the 280.  Sitting there, he happened to look […]

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Cottontail D. Rabbit, III, Class Warrior (Story #20)

Don’t start thinking Velveteen Rabbit when you see me.  I’m not going to come alive because of a child’s love—that would be ridiculous.  If that were possible, do you think I would be here, sitting on a train heading somewhere.  I’d tell you where, but what do I know?  Until recently, I was Franny’s toy, […]

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My Time Traveling Cousin (Story #18)

  Rodney was taking P_____ for a little over a month when the “vacations” started, which isn’t really what they are, but what do we know?  Anyway, the last time we saw him, he came by the house in a fake beard and gray long-hair wig, and all he could talk about was ZZ Top.  […]

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Permanence (Story #17)

Joseph Thompson loved the weeping willow that grew next to the town pond.  He had come across it for the first time as a child walking back from school.  He and his mom had just moved to the small town where he would spend the rest of his life, and where he would find out […]

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