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Missed Chances — a short story

July 28, 2019

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There are joys that long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. — Henry Ward Beecher “Are you okay?” “I’m … […]

The Last One to Be Killed — a short story

June 2, 2019

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There really are those who are willing to make poor people worse off in order to make rich people worse off. — Ronald Bailey “I still don’t get it. Why am I to be executed?” “They don’t need you anymore.” “But that’s crazy! I’ve been their friend for years. I financed their revolution. Without me, […]

Reparations — a short story

May 20, 2019

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You don’t right the wrongs of the past by wronging the people of the present. ― Phil Valentine Once we start down the road to reparations, every minority will want a piece of the action. — Quippy Dear Senator Cory Booker: Thank you for introducing a Senate bill to form a commission to study the […]

I Lost Her at the Voting Booth — a short story

November 4, 2018

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Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche Politics can be hard on relationships. Take me, for instance. I had a girlfriend who broke up with me on Election Day. We’d been together only a few weeks. Already some of her stuff was […]

The Perfect Face — a short story

October 28, 2018

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Where there is perfection there is no story to tell. — Ben Okri “Hey, sweetie, long time! Glad you could make it.” “Thanks for inviting me. How long has it been?” “Since college.” “That long? Well, it’s great to see you in person, not just on Facebook. And you look beautiful.” “Thank you. Getting enough […]

The Billionaire Soirée — a short story

September 30, 2018

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A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth. — Sydney Madwed Shortly after I made my first billion, I got invited to a very swank, exclusive party. All the invitees were billionaires. This would be a […]

Discuss or Argue? — a short story

August 19, 2018

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A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side. – Joseph Addison “So, what do you think about climate change?” “You mean, which side am I on?” “Well…” “In my experience, nobody who asks that kind of question ever wants to hear my […]

Science or Politics? — a short story

July 29, 2018

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Science is a process of discovery, not an end state, and its consensus of the moment should not be enshrined in the law and imposed at gunpoint. — Jeffrey Tucker “These small animals cannot get past a thirty-foot-tall barrier. It interferes with their ability to move about. And because of climate change — which we […]

Glakreg, cont. — a short story

July 8, 2018

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[Glakreg’s story begins at this link] No one knows they’re not dreaming. Not one of us. Not ever. Not for one single moment of our lives. — Doctor Who I was doing fine until I set off the quantum fluctuation. It’s been trouble ever since. I was finishing up my college physics project, an experiment […]

Superiority — a short story

June 24, 2018

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      “Are you ready?” “For what?” “The next natural disaster. They always happen eventually. I’m fully prepared to handle anything.” “Good for you.” “So have you made preparations?” “Let’s see, I’ve got extra food and water, flashlights—” “But is it enough?” “Well, I can’t be sure I’ve thought of every—” “It’s never enough!” […]

The Ticket — a short story

May 28, 2018

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“You are exceeding the speed limit.” “I’m late for work.” “The posted speed limit for this highway is sixty-five miles per hour. You are driving at seventy-three miles per hour, eight miles over the limit. If you persist, I am required by law to issue you a ticket.” “Don’t you dare, Car! You belong to […]

Fifth Amendment Brain Scan — a short story

April 22, 2018

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Could prosecutors armed with a search warrant compel an unwilling suspect to submit to brain scans aimed at exploring his or her innermost thoughts? — John Villasenor “The State wishes to introduce into evidence a set of scans made from the defendant’s brain, scans which will prove he was lying to investigators—” “Objection!” Defense counsel […]

What Difference Would It Make? — a short story

April 1, 2018

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Do you know who you are / In your robes of skin? / How many creatures live inside you? / Man is born forever free / But is everywhere in chains — Bruce Dickinson “Were you acquainted with your next-door neighbor?” “Only in passing. Now and then I’d chat with him, out in the parking lot. Just to be […]

Needed to Risk More — a short story

February 25, 2018

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I had spent most of my youth attempting to gain my dad’s acceptance, when in reality nothing I could do would ever be enough. — Cory Cyr “Hello?” “Daddy, it’s me! I did it! I medaled!” “Yes, honey, you did.” “Did you see it?” “Yes, on TV.” “You weren’t in the stands?” “My bursitis kicked […]

The Light Within — a short story

February 18, 2018

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[**WARNING: This story contains scenes that may not be suitable for younger readers. Please use discretion.**] Love is like a friendship caught on fire. — Bruce Lee You’re the fire burning inside of me. ― Kelvin O’Ralph It began, strangely enough, in a cemetery. The headstones stood, some at odd angles, on a grassy hillside that […]