PRELUDE. LUDE. POSTLUDE

August 22, 2017

Prelude The wind kicked up at dawn. Tumbleweeds bounded across the desert. A few bumped to a halt against the shack. Lude Defeating sleep, he knuckled his eyes open, yawned and stretched. The gun was at hand. He rewarded himself with one final glance out the window, nodded, picked up the gun, aimed it, and […]

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TO BE OR TO BE ANOTHER THING

August 7, 2017

After the 5th divorce, he began to wonder if something might be wrong with him. Looking in the mirror, he noticed that his head was a clubbed featureless stump. That might be it, he decided. However, in spite of his appearance and his less than stellar relationship history, he was seeing a new woman. She […]

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THE MODESTO OBSTINACY

August 5, 2017

Once upon a time in Modesto a young girl refused to eat any strawberries whatsoever for the entire month of August. Authorities summoned from Hollister were baffled. Experts from Delano refused to get involved. When the young girl’s parents pleaded with her one final time on August 31st, the young girl  placed her half eaten […]

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FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT, A CHILDREN’S STORY

July 30, 2017

Frankenstein gave his cat to the monster. The monster ate the cat. Frankenstein was disappointed.

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LEMON YELLOW

July 26, 2017

The girl in the lemon yellow dress left the party to step out onto the balcony for a moment so that she might somehow bring calm to her wildly chaotic mind and, in so doing, fully comprehend the recent event.  She gazed across the 25 story plummet to the balcony opposite, where she saw a […]

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IVY

July 17, 2017

“I must have the finest of red bricks and the most binding of gray mortar to build my giant cube,” said the Queen. And so it came to pass that a monstrous cube of bricks, fair dwarfing the palace, towered above the city. Plague followed drought followed war, and devastation ruled. The city became abandoned […]

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THE PEBBLE AND THE BLADE OF GRASS

July 13, 2017

The pebble and the blade of grass engaged in a lengthy discussion concerning continental drift. As the pebble ardently emphasized a particular theory, it was interrupted mid-sentence when a stone bounded over the hill and rolled by. Taking advantage of the pebble’s sudden pause, the blade of grass spoke up. ‘There’s that stone again, rolling […]

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THE NICEBERG

July 11, 2017

The niceberg decided to move to Antarctica. It crafted the route of its sojourn carefully so as to avoid accidentally sinking any ships. Off it sailed. ‘Look out. I’m an iceberg on my way to Antarctica, and if you are within the sound of my voice, be aware of my approach and take the necessary […]

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OUT OF THE BLUE

July 4, 2017

The man, barefoot, wearing a threadbare formerly green coat and tattered formerly red pants, perched in silence on the edge of the lone chair in the barren room. His face was a frozen mask of indifference. Sunlight from the window slid in slow geometry across the floor to while away the hours. The man remained […]

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THE LAND OF PIE

June 24, 2017

Once upon a time in the Land of Pie a call went out to all the cherry wedges scattered here to yon and back again to gather at once on the Platter of Display in the Central Courtyard. ‘What can this be about?’ asked Mavis, a slender cherry wedge hurrying through the rhubarb patch. ‘We’ll […]

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