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I Wish You Well

You need to be free...…

“You think it’s okay?” Abigail asked tentatively.Emma held up the phone and began to read aloud. “‘Dearest Troy’ – Dearest was a nice touch – ‘I’m so happy for you getting your dream job! That’s quite an achievement – you should have a big celebratio…

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Close Your Eyes and See

Suspend your skepticism...…

Have you found them?Don’t worry, most people can’t on the first try. They’re there, all right, but only reveal themselves to those who are ready to believe, to accept, to embrace. Close your eyes and open your mind. Clear away the prejudices, fears a…

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Dream Vacation

Sipping dirty martinisWatching girls in bikinisAnd strumming on my Les PaulAlbert King ambles throughRiffs ‘I’ll Play the Blues for You’Man, I really got it allCHORUSIt’s a dream vacationNo place I’d rather beYeah, a dream vacationNot sure where I’m …

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Lost and Found

A Short Tale of Dogged Determination…

 MARTIN HANDED A MUG of fresh coffee to Jane and slid into the seat opposite her at the breakfast table, pausing a moment before he spoke.“Jane, I need to ask you something.”Caught off guard by the statement, she slopped a little of the steaming liqu…

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Writer's Block

A Short Tale of Seaside Serendipity…

 THE CALENDAR TAUNTED JANE, its little yellow-highlighted square outlined in a bold red stroke mocking her lack of progress.‘You’re going to miss the deadline, you know. I’m just six weeks away now,’ it scoffed. ‘Whatever made you apply for that fell…

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Colorado Calls, Jersey Rejoices

Every story has two sides...…

Note: This compilation occurred to me more than a year ago. In fact, the reason I logged on to Facebook on March 14, 2017, was to reach out to Alan and propose that we combine our efforts, merging his Colorado Calling and my Jersey Rejoicing into one…

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MORE Alternatives to NaNoWriMo: Super Procrastinator Edition

6 suggestions for the final stretch of National Novel Writing Month (or early ideas for next year)…

 1. NaIgnoNaNoWriMo: Just ignore all the NaNoWriMo hoopla and hype. Pretend you didn’t read this or anything else about the writing frenzy that occurs every November. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s almost impossible to ignore NaNoWriMo anymore. But you can …

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For a Friend I'll Never Meet

Alan W. Jankowski, 1961-2017…

You always did like surprise endings,A twist no one could see coming,And that last one of yours was a doozy.Days later, we're still reeling,Not from the shock, which dissipates,But from a grief that lingers.You probably never knewThe regard people he…

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It's Gonna Be Great

A backward poem for backward times…

The president is doing greatOnly a fool would thinkOtherwiseMost everyone believesWe should trust himThere is no cause for concernBut some are sayingThe country is in dangerPeople are scaredNothing could be further from the truthEverything is going t…

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There Was a Crooked Man

Source citations follow the text…

There was a crooked manWho ran a crooked race [1]And with his crooked words,Put opponents in their placeHe chopped them down, one by one’Til a single foe remainedOn merit, she’d win handily,So he painted her with disdain [2]This shameless huckster’s …

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17 Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

Not feeling the love for National Novel Writing Month? Here are some other options...…

1. NaNO!WriMo: Do not write anything — not a single word — for 30 days. The challenge is tougher than it might seem. 2. NaDoWriMo: Chronicle every episode of The Simpsons in which Homer exclaims, "D'oh!" This, of course, requires watching every epis…

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Trump School of Dance

The Narcissist Hustle: It's actually the only step he knows…

Today at the Trump School of Dance we’re going to teach you Mr. Trump’s personal favorite move, The Narcissist Hustle. If you promise not to tell him I told you this, it’s actually the only step he knows—but he performs it expertly, better than anyo…

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(I Do Not Like) The Orange Man

A humorous take on the U.S. presidential race, told in the style of Dr. Seuss…

Pardon me, miss, have you time for a poll? No, not today. I'm out for a stroll. That's okay, ma'am, while you stroll I can poll! All right, I suppose, if you poll while I stroll... Do you plan to vote in the presidential race? Oh, yes! Not voting is…

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Tell Me, Please

Thanks to Dreamcatcher, whose comment in the Poetry Challenge forum thread inspired this…

do I still have to stay?do I still have to care?tell me, please, why should I?tell me, please, who says so?do I still have to show up?do I still have to try?tell me, please, what's the point?tell me, please, when will I know?do I still have to smile?…

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On Her Own

It is 'new student' orientation, after all, not 'new student and chaperone'...…

"This tour guide doesn't know what he's talking about. You don't need to go all the way to the student union for lunch — the coffee shop at the library is better, faster and cheaper than the cafeteria. The selection isn't quite as wide, but...""Liste…

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Red Vines and Tortellini

"No candy." She glares at me, her nostrils flaring with every breath, fists clenched so tightly she’ll have fingernail marks on her palms. I'm watching an impending meltdown. Its cause? Red licorice twists, and my refusal to count them as a dinner c…

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Divine Justice

Inspired by actual events…

It had been easy. Ridiculously easy, really. A couple of phone calls to make the arrangements, a few trips to the bank to withdraw the agreed-upon payment in small amounts, and his biggest problem disappeared — his wife kidnapped by a trio of small-t…

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Fade to Black

The winter solstice would be a long night indeed for these wise guys…

 Connor Mulrooney sauntered into the members-only back room of the North Philly Irish Pub with his usual swagger, grabbed a Guinness and settled into a seat that may as well have held a Reserved sign. His chair, the one he always occupied during thei…

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Every Little Thing

She couldn't shake the nagging feeling that she'd forgotten something. But what?…

Cheryl rifled through her purse yet again, racking her brain to figure out what she had forgotten. Cell phone, check. Wallet, check. Keys, check. (Duh. She couldn’t have driven to work without those, now could she?) Gym card, check. She opened the wa…

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