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The Long Road Home. Chapter 15.

“At least it has stopped snowing,” Maria said. “Quite a pleasant morning really.”

Innsbruck, December 19 th 1943   Katarina and Maria sat silently facing the warm, crackling fire which was burning brightly in the fireplace of the guardroom. For a while, at least, they were warm but very weary. On the wall above the fireplace was a large clock. Maria looked up at it and sighed gently. Every swing of the pendulum and every tick and tock of the escape...Read On

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Man Friday

 

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Out of the Shadows, Part Four

2. How often a gift is misperceived as a defect or an illness that needs to be treated rather than being something which could and should be nurtured, encouraged even. The darker a light is, the more it will be hidden or misused or punished. Why is it so often the case that when something very difficult to understand comes along that it almost immediately is perceived to be evil or bad?...Read On

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Leap of Faith

Just another Valentine's Day

For a second or two after waking, she was lulled by the atavistic relief that comes from surviving another night. Then Faith remembered what day it was, and reality shouldered aside her absurd peace of mind. Resigned to her destiny, she reluctantly abandoned the warm bed. Despite her disquiet she took special pains with her ablutions, carefully shaving her legs and underarms, even...Read On

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The Canvas

The canvas was blank. Like a brilliant shining light in his mind, it was blank. Piercing and constant it stared at him, begging to be transformed. Like so many times before, beauty and vibrant color longed to be placed. It cried out to him, but he was empty. Reports of success and victory streamed in, yet it was all empty. Day after day the generals talked of greatness and victory. Day...Read On

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Heroes Of The Revolution

Because Viktoria wanted to keep her occupation a secret, she travelled seventy kilometres each morning to work.  Today was the first of November and the familiar landscape lay covered by a fresh fall of snow. Gazing from the bus at the uniform whiteness, her thoughts turned to husband, Ivan. He had changed  since she started her new job. Often in a bad mood and forever criticising...Read On

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Alone in the dark

Darkness and silence surround me like rope binding me to a hospital bed. I can't move! Why can't I move? I want to scream but can't.  I can't even feel my tongue.  Physically, I just feel numb, and my thoughts won't stop!  Am I alive?  Maybe I died.  If I died, where is the bright light to follow?  Is this it?  I just exist in this darkness, unable to move for eternity?  Please - is there...Read On

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Not Goldilocks

  Annie married a city fellow. She told her husband about kinfolk in Tennessee. She wanted them to meet. After their wedding, they set off to drive down. They went through the Great Smoky Mountains. Cars were stopped for a black bear on the road. Annie’s husband urged her to get out and get as close as possible for a photo. Annie stood in front of the bear, cute little purse over...Read On

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The Haunted Asylum

College Roommates Halloween surprise to never forget

Katy was always bored. She came from a wealthy family with a lawyer father who had given her everything. Spoiled was an understatement.  She had been to every amusement park and had done every roller coaster and thrill ride in the country. She claimed there was nothing she had not tried that was exciting, including bungee jumps and zip lines across canyons and rivers. She had even...Read On

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At the Fair

Retired postal worker goes to county fair to relax, but finds something amiss.

Gus attended the county fair for some well earned leisure time and an afternoon filled with relaxed thoughts. He was a recent retiree from his career as a U.S. Postoffice mail sorter. He had spent long, painstaking hours accurately sorting mail, and packages into slots and trains of canvas-bags. He took personal pride getting every address precisely sorted to expedite delivery. He once got...Read On

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That Night

I remember that I'd been called to Mr Lockwood's office. 11pm seemed an odd time, but I assumed it must've been urgent. I bumped into Matthias Sandström on the way. Apparently he'd been summoned too.  He said I was an idiot for not putting a coat on, and he gave me his. The fabric was thin, and wasn't really much help, but I suppose my arms weren't bare anymore. His keys and phone were in...Read On

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My Sweet Marion

She's always warm at night and she wasn't mad at me anymore so I was half-asleep next to her for hours, just happy to be in bed and warm again. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for everything but I can't ever find the words. The feeling's there and so is the sound but there's just a dark unfathomable gap between me and the words. But she eventually said it was okay. Her face had searched...Read On

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Fishing For Salmon

 

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Tilda Green

Sometimes things are not what we think.

It is surprising how much changes in a lifetime. Cars, airplanes, refrigerators, telephones, electric stoves, big highways all over the country. All sorts. And people. Gosh, what changes. For instance, there was a little baby girl born in Tennessee and named Annie. Now, the parents of Annie’s daddy said they didn’t want that baby girl to go with her mother when she went to Washington, D.C....Read On

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Love & Affection challenge: Visiting Hours

There can be untold and surprising depths of affection from random encounters between strangers

 

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Dandelion Days

The school bell sounded for the end of term. Richard rose and slung his satchel across his broad back. The summer of 1914, the last of his dandelion days of youth, stretched ahead like an endless shimmering dream. Strong as a heartbeat, his boots clipped a rhythm on the road, while from a field, an old bay horse lifted its heavy head to watch him pass. Impulsively, Richard flung his tie over...Read On

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Formally Coming Out

Going from a regular straight guy to a groom at my gay wedding in very short order.

I spent my entire life dating women, some very beautiful women. None of these relationships led to marriage. They'd last for a year, maybe two, and then end, pretty much always them dumping me. Working in banking, I was daily dressed to the nines, typically in three-piece suits, heavily-starched shirts, usually but not always white, and bow ties. I'd been wearing bow ties exclusively since...Read On

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Crew Cut

 

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Dirk's Family - An Introduction

An introduction to Dirk's Team and Family - The Dirty Dozen

Dirk was in his bunk listening to his dark country mix when Devin came in and smacked his boot hanging off the bed and said, "The boss wants you." He took out his earbuds and sprang out of the bunk and dropped to the floor and pumped out 50 pushups, stood up and then slapped Devin in the shoulder. "Any idea why the boss wants me?" "No, I'm just the messenger dude. He looks bored as usual and...Read On

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You And Me And Pocahontas Makes Three

 

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No tears falling

The tears I not let fall As I look at your pictures The smiles Our laughter Your song of love Never leaving my mind Touching tenderly My heart cries for you Souls forever one No The tears I not let fall...Read On

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Out of the Shadows, Part One

Nine times over nine days the Devil lays his touch, when nine months come to pass there will be nine daughters. Each will have a unique ability gifted by their creator. When eighteen years come to pass he will bring them all together and unleash a true Hell on Earth …   Evil … it hides in the shadows, waiting, ready to pounce, ready to put into motion what it has been building towards...Read On

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Universal Shredder

This shredder is actually a long- term friend and bandmate of mine named Bruce.  He doesn’t describe himself as a shredder but rather a good hack. I have used artistic license to call him a shredder instead because it is not so complimentary to call someone a hack. He has played in numerous alternative campus rock pop-punk bands. Once, at Christmas time, his band was asked to play a...Read On

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Love&Affection Challenge ~ Puppy Love

Pets love us unconditionally

Pets complete our families. We had a tradition to always rescue animals from the shelter or donate food to the shelter.  We liked to help people keep their family pets when they were down on their luck. We would give them pet food or do whatever we could to help. We would even pet-sit so they wouldn't have to leave the pet alone for hospital stays or if they went on vacation.   We...Read On

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A Postcard From Moscow

 

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Flames

A desire so deep Knowing the hunger can only be calmed As flames burn higher The burning deepens Until the soul is smothering The only thoughts of fire And how the flames control...Read On

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Out of the Shadows, Part Five

3. ‘Packed house tonight, as expected, as the most anticipated rematch in recent history is only moments away. Can the challenger get one step closer to gold after the epic performance he put in last time out? Before our live broadcast goes in ring for the main event introductions I can tell you, if you didn’t already know, there are rumours that the champ is still reeling from that...Read On

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Memories of a woman

Donna would tell she was in her late eighties, just not how late. She always had a smile and if she could get her hands on you, even a bigger hug. She had fallen and I went to the hospital to check on her  As I got to the door. I heard voices. Thinking the doctor was with her I waited  I heard Donna's voice begin to tell one of her many stories. Her words took me in as I closed my eyes...Read On

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Love and Affection Challenge: Buck's Bucks

Even Buck’s friends considered him a tightwad's tightwad.

  Folks always claimed ‘Buck’k Granderson got his nickname because he still had the first dollar he ever made. It wasn’t true, at least not the part about his name. I had it on very good authority that his parents, two otherwise sober and responsible individuals, named him Buckalew Lavelle Granderson. While few knew about his full name, those who did all agreed it must have been a long and...Read On

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Pizza Identity

I was sitting inside at a table with a few children, and we were doing puzzles. It was so hot that we, the teachers, had made the executive decision to bring the kids inside and just chill out. We had Netflix for kids on the TV and some of the children were sitting on the mat and watching. Three of them, actually, had fallen asleep, all in the same position, all facing the same...Read On