This series of short stories concluded today. Part Two of the book will be published sometime towards the end of the summer. Thank you for riding along on this dark journey.
Ccarlstead via Flickr CC-BY 2.0 The Lord’s Prayer is one of the basic and fundamental prayers in Christianity and most children grow up knowing it. In some schools, it is taught in the elementary level. However, to a person who is new to the...
What is a home? What does it mean for some space to be a home? How do we make living space into a home? How should one best organize a home? These questions all fall within the philosophy of the home.
If we totally depend on God; make Him the center of our lives; share everything with Him - joys and sorrows and trust Him completely do we become True Devotees? This story teaches a lot...
How to be a good neighbour when camping under canvas. A hopefully lighthearted list of things that can get on your fellow campers nerves.
This fictional piece about Venus in Taurus lovers are among the "Lovers of the Zodiac" since they are sweet and sincere. Check out to see where your Venus is.
From time to time, each of us wonders what might have been had romantic interest in someone panned out rather than fizzled out. When they return from the past, anything can happen.
Courage and hope in the face of jeopardy, empathy and determination pitted against tremendous odds in a strange land where events are just as anomalous as they are unexpected.
A look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of ancient Greece - that of a contest between three goddesses, and the judgement made by a seemingly simple shepherd.
Many people desperately want to believe that the law of attraction is real because that way there's hope that they will achieve what they desperately want. But it's a lie - a hoax.
In many hearts, there is a rebellious spirit refusing to let go of one memory about a big blow to the self-esteem--along with a secret desire for a target to rebel against.
She sits looking through family photos, remembering grandparents and wishing she'd asked questions, known more about them & others. Ask those questions before it's too late for you!
No one wants to sound dumb or uneducated in front of their peers, but sometimes you can misspeak and not even realise it. This article lists 10 commonly misused phrases and words that you're saying that are making you sound dumb.
Recovering from the shock of a home invasion, couple Steph and Mark decide to join a house swap site thinking that a week in Paris will heal their relationship, only to find their trip to a nightmare
In this short story Dave is looking forward to a nice, restful evening after a hard day clearing wood when a beautiful stranger walks into his life. What happens next will leave Dave changed forever.
Mary Little Deer could still hear his promise after almost thirty summers. "I will cross many rivers to find you." That dearest of all voices was still in her heart, as fresh and young as it was then.
This is a story about a woman who is unhappy with her life. She forms a strange relationship with her reflection in a very special mirror.
Getting out of debt and gaining financial freedom is possible, but it must be kept in mind that sometimes (most times if we are honest) it will take a while. The time we spend working and saving will not only add to our wealth, but will also enrich us in the area of patience.
Greed centers on the passion for acquisition. Grandiosity, though akin to greed, is more focused on the narcissistic drive to be admired and envied. These two short stories deal with the human susceptibility for power and wealth
Six titles seem adequate in a tribute to a good mother, one title for each letter in the word MOTHER. Find suggested words here, and make it a family project. Your creativity will make her proud.
This Hub takes a look at the best way to smack the ugly face of procrastination with the spirit-empowering Word of God.
This story is about a woman who frequently sees an image of a child in the mirror. In the story, we learn about her past, her present, her desires and her reflections as she returns to the home that she grew up in. Who is the child in the mirror? You as the reader can come to your own conclusion.
This is a fictional Journal entry written in the voice of a young woman on the trail of tears. The journal entry is fiction however, the facts in the entry are true.
Patience is the brother of wisdom. Cultivate a passion for learning patience in all things. You are the master of your own destiny.
Ralph came over to Craig's house after work and told him about his date the night before. Most of Ralph's stories range from funny to unfortunate. This one was beyond unfortunate. Word Count 621.
Literary letters have always been a marvelous find in literature. The Graveyard Whistler found this series of letters and although they do not address his main interest in irony, they do offer an interesting take on some of life's most intriguing conflicts.
These Bible quotes have the potential to pull the victim’s thoughts away from self-pity toward self-empowerment. They petition divine protection, promise divine favor and counsel against retaliation.
A Dutch legend: "Near the mounds, in the mists of autumn you'll find them, the White Women, wrapped in their veils of fog."
People can walk in divine favor. Even so, it does not come automatically. There are some things to do to participate in your own blessings.
Here is a collection of my very short stories, suitable for all ages. Each story has a maximum of 300 words and was written for a flash fiction contest.
Most Bible scholars overlook this, but Psalm 27 has two distinct parts. It is interesting to learn about these two parts and what is in each part.
Comedy and funny story about the fish that got away. My favorite funny story about fishing with my uncle.
A man is being pursued in the city, at night, after work. He tries everything to lose him, but in the end, he turns and becomes the pursuer. This crazy cat and mouse story will have you on the edge of your seat waiting and hoping.
Tom was suddenly an orphan and the adults around him wanted to send him to an orphanage. Tom had different plans. In a 1939 setting, follow the footsteps of nine-year-old Tom as he seeks safety and a life in New York City among the children known as Newsies/Newsboys. Word count, 1480.
"I loathed my mother; she was constantly buzzing over petty details." (Please note: This story is fiction and does not depict any real persons living or dead.)
What are the sights, sounds and smells that let us know that Spring has arrived? Baby lambs, spring showers and the freshly budding plants are just some of the signs. There are many more...
Bunny lives in a hotel in California's Central Valley. Her story is one of abuse and turmoil. A young woman devastated by drugs who survivals doing what she must. The lives of childhood victims are not pleasant ones. She became a foster child and then entered the correctional system...
Have you ever seen a common house gecko? This harmless little creature lives in the home and there's an interesting legend on why this house lizard is known for on kissing the ground just before sundown.
More often than not, it is said that choices have consequences. The big question is; does this assertion stand or hold any essential truth? Read on to determine
My childhood revolved around reading, making up stories and the knowledge of that opportunity equipped me in literacy, helped make the woman I am today. There is power is reading, and knowledge matters. "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." -David Bailey
the Ishi and the humans carry out the plan to rid their world of the evil witch/queen. Billy and Orin must break into the castle to steal a critical element for the plan's success. Time is critical
War has been waged and Char Shockum is the last man standing between the monstrous invaders. However, this battle is not what it seems to be. Char may have another enemy to fear. One he can't see.
A story about a mother, her son and his teacher. A story about what to wear to a Graduation ceremony, what gifts to give and how all of it revolves around shoes.
How does the mind of a Mercury in Gemini Person work? It's a whirlwind of so many thoughts, it would leave another baffled. This is a smart communicator!
Change is happening to everyone everyday. This hub is about change and includes a list of the top ten things that will always change in life and in the world.
Often, in hindsight, we realise the significance of events and encounters from the past. The two young women here discern this in individual ways, painful while enlightening.
What happens when a kind, generous, compassionate soul (who happens to have a naughty online alter ego) decides to enter into the filthy world of politics? She gets hacked into pieces by moralistic politics and fake news. Good is stronger than evil, and strong character isn't measured by derision.
There are so many little things in the Bible with big meanings. We would be wise to pay attention to them.
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Father of Gonzo Journalism, left us on Feb. 20, 2005, and in a lot of ways, it's like he is still with us.
Road signs are a great way to alert drivers to upcoming obstacles and changes to roadways. If there were signs to indicate major life events, obstacles, and which decisions were best for you, life could just get a little bit easier for you. Or could it?
Cute wedding words of advice hand written in 1942 as well as the romance between two Drake University pharmacists and the short life they shared...
Many years ago, the Daily Telegraph ran a competition to write a story or essay in exactly 50 words, no more, no less. Here are a few of my 50-word essays.
What is it about looking fat that upsets us so much? Why do we feel less manly if we do not have a six-pack? Who really cares as long as we're choosing that right? So yet why is that not the case ?
Understanding the nature of forgiveness might be the difference between letting go of unforgiveness, or keep holding on to it. With that in mind, here are nine Bible quotes about forgiveness that describe nine qualities of true forgiveness.
Caring for the elderly is often defined as a vocation for the angelic, but the needs of both can nurture animosity and a disposition to deceive
Hyacinth has lived in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale since the late 1990's. Upon her arrival, she managed to find an office job. After relapsing, her life took a turn and she found herself in turmoil. She shares her true story and some of the underworld elements of this California Community.
The meaning of life and the ordeals of human development from birth to death are portrayed as one man’s self-awareness unfolds in this creative writing exploration of life.
How a special person taught children to respect people with special needs. Josie's gift to us was the lesson of acceptance and love.
Written by my mother during an air raid, in the shelter at Finsbury Square. Published in honour of her memory, for the centenary of her birth on 2nd August 1917.
While their dad performs at a Bible camp and their mom gossips with the staff, two little boys find refuge in building a fort up in the mountains, with unexpected consequences.
The flash-fiction fad has yielded up this form of writing: 5-sentence stories. It's a fun activity that I enjoyed as I composed the forty included here.
Based off of the Norwegian fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," this imaginative fractured fairy tale is a twist in perspective. Toll, the toll troll, tells his side of this short story. Showing the audience that things aren't always what they seem.
Nearly every child undergoes a number of formative experiences before reaching adolescence. It is impossible to gauge which of these will impact, in an uplifting or dispiriting influence
This articles explores why Jesus often spoke in parables, instead of simply saying, in a direct way, what he wanted to say. Was the "indirect" approach best for conveying what He wanted to say?
Most people love receiving blessings from God. Did you know God gives two kinds of blessings? Do you know what they are?
Flowers love to dance with the first signal of warm air, this dance fills up whole universe with some distinguished vibrant rainbow colours.But this spring is not much colourful for Miss Megpy as her daughter is not with her anymore.
Dave's life may end at any moment by a bullet from the gun of an angry, former coworker. Dave thinks of his wife, his daughter and is determined to live. Many have already died. Who will be next?
Dr. Virginia Shepherd was Doug's doctoral adviser. She tried to direct his research in acceptable directions, but he insisted on going his own way, with tragic results. A Sci-Fi time travel story.
We would all like to think that our homes are safe havens in which we can escape the stress and turmoil of the outside world and, for most of us, they do just that. This is the story of a married couple who would discover that sinister energies can be found anywhere, even in the most idyllic home.
Clark was happily remembering the special date he had with a woman the night before when a man attacked him in the hallway of his hotel and attempted to cut him to ribbons. Clark fought back and fled to the safety of a nearby monastery where he learns that confession is not always good for the soul.
Heyoka is the Lakota equivalent of a sacred clown. They were thunder shamans, representing the mysterious dual-aspect of nature and the cosmos. Their tactics were seemingly foolhardy and ridiculous, but they were revered by their people as powerful and wise.
Names are a symbol of one’s identity and are of deep significance to the bearer. They are an undercurrent in a variety of situations and evoke feelings that impact on interpersonal dealings.
Hopelesness of life provokes retaliatory action against oneself for some perceived harm. Later the action of arrogance bows before humane advances.
The life which follows this one is shrouded in mystery. Some don't believe that it exists while others spend their time on Earth planning for it. In the end, we will all find out the hard way. Still, there are some among us who have looked into the abyss and it's a sight they will never forget.
Controversial cockfighting still exists in certain cultures and countries, depite having been outlawed. This is the true story of one of those involved in the sport and the fate that he met.
Is God like my father? See life through my little girls eyes and the terror of living with a raging Dad. Then learn how I came to know God as my All in All and Jesus His son as my Savior and Lord.
PSALM 91 is one of trust and confidence in God. Some people say Psalm 91 is the Christian’s Emergency Psalm for the Christians who trust God exclusively and dwell in the safety of God.
This is a science fiction short story about leaving our home for something new and old at the same time.
The author whether Romans 9 teaches unconditional election in light of God's election of Jacob and rejection of Esau.
When a child dies, the parents left behind grieve in spite of well-meaning friends and family. Learn tips to make traveling grief of the death of a newborn child a journey with a reachable destination.
With the extreme sufferings of Paul the Apostle, it's mind-boggling to witness his extreme gratitude. Could there ever be a greater example to us of a life of gratitude?
The Grotto in Portland, Oregon is a stunning outdoor cathedral. It was built by a Catholic priest in thanksgiving to God for saving the life of his mother.
Ever want to blame all your bad luck on a creepy haunted doll? Well I did and here's the letter to prove it.
A short story of betrayal. The entire village turns on their back on their healer Abigail and her lover Sarah upon accusations of witchcraft by a stranger who recently arrived in their village.
People who have Venus in Aquarius need a lot of freedom in their relationships, as shown by my fictional couple. Check the link to see what sign your Venus is in!
Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms of domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance
Donald was wealthy, handsome and, if the ring on his left hand meant anything, not available. The sexy redhead seated on the bar stool next to him seemed to consider the last point irrelevant.
If your husband had ever cheated, this is the type of letter you might receive from "the other woman."
God created season for many reasons. The seasons come in cycles offering variety, and understanding and appreciating God's order of nature.
I've written this article to highlight the qualities in other people that I most admire. Nobody is perfect, myself included (!) but just how fussy are we when it comes to liking others? If, for instance, they swore like a trooper - would it put...
Kemerton is big, huge, goofy, happy go lucky and thinks that he is the king of the world. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say. So, here it is, straight from the horse's mouth, an interview with my main man, Kemerton.
William Calcraft, best known for executing poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, became renowned for his ability to use the short drop method and prolong the hanging process for public entertainment.
How much success do we need in the world, under the current definition of what success actually means?
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
Where a foot path once led through a woods from one boy's house to the house his best friend, a gate and a cobblestone cart path magically appeared. Billy made a choice that changed a world. (3 parts)
Do you have a dream? Is there something that lies deep within your heart that you want to pursue? This is a story about hope, dreams and catching your star.
Ever wondered where this grain considered as a staple food in Asian countries came from? This interesting Filipino legend of rice might be the answer to that.
This is the story of mountain folk, mainly a very independent young woman. Some Appalachian colloquial language is used. "Horny toad indeed", Emma often recalled in her quiet times.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1334)
The toilet paper debate has been going on for many decades. Some say the paper should come under the roll. Some say it should go over the roll. Which is the correct way?
Flash fiction is a creative writing form that's hard to define; in this article, I provide examples of flash fiction, including some analysis of how it's characterized by more than just its length.
My dad, Synco Schram de Jong, used to make little books for us and illustrated them with his lovely drawings. They often had a message of some kind. This one 's about listening to your parents.
Post-feminist revolution, 1950's housewives carry a certain amount of hip kudos. Now that we have equality (or a facsimile thereof) we don't have to be on the defensive anymore. We can wear a stiff, full skirt, vintage aprons, masses of lipstick, absurd hair and play at having afternoon teas and being as ultra-feminine and retro as we want.
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
People who have Venus in Gemini are first attracted to another person by the way they think and speak. Then if the person interests them mentally, they may want to take it further.
This is a short story of a lamb that is totally 'lost' is the world. But is this God's cruel joke or a story of misplaced identity? Mukti's story is actually all of our story with our dear Lord...
The story of a shotgun wedding back in the 1960s, before the days of Women's Lib:, when single mothers were made to feel ashamed of themselves but the males were not treated with the same contempt.
Words link us to something greater than our current state, and make us want to be better than we are.
Charles and Foster ride a steam train across the US Great Plains on a desperate trip to California to find work. But drought, wind and Dust storms join forces to stop them and to destroy their hope.
This is a story provided by my Higher Self - which some people call God - to my little self in my book 'Divine Dialogue - How to hold a conversation with God. Done via Automatic Writing.
The Graveyard Whistler's literary journey now finds him delving into the phenomenon known as "flash fiction."
God loves children and has a special relationship with them. He expects Christian adults to nurture and protect them and pass on to each child a godly heritage. That includes not only our own offspring but all the children of this world. They belong to God and we are his stewards to care for them.
The scene of the crimes is Fairy Tale Land. The crime is kidnapping. Sheriff Dumpty must solve the mystery before anyone else disappears.
Butterflies are beautiful, day-flying insects which feeds primarily on nectars. That's why these graceful, fluttery insects loves visiting flower gardens. But where did butterflies come from?
Learn to look inside your dreams and try to grasp the messages they bring to us. An understanding of the many interpretations we can learn to come to terms with our subconscious mind.
Getting older doesn't mean all the excitement has to go out of life. But half an hour of Wheel of Fortune may be as close to the edge as some people need to get. Join this fellow as he gives up his safe routine for a walk on the wild side.
Mason Anderson was a pioneer in spaceflight. His trip into space was designed to open the door on a new era of enlightenment in society.
A judge presiding over a case in family court delivers a heartbreaking yet questionable ruling that pushes a mother, Hayla Henson, and her family to battle back in hopes to reunite with her daughter.
Child sexual abuse is perhaps the worst offense a human being can commit. Given that strong statment, it is incomprehensible for mentally healthy people to believe that child sexual abuse is prevalent in society, and it has always been so. Some...
The words we speak have the power to tear people down or build them up. Words can heal, or wound. God calls us to be kind builder-uppers.
Over years of reading and studying the Bible, Rev. Margaret Minnicks has compiled a simplified way of understanding the Bible. Read and try her methods and you will also understand the Bible.
There is a very big difference between grace and mercy. The words should not be used interchangeably.
The only opportunity she could jump at to study was when her brother was having Chinese lessons with the family tutor. My grandmother would sit quietly at the far end of the long rectangular dining table, across her brother and tutor, listening intently. In fact, this training taught her to read and write her Chinese upside down
Jesus says Christians are the salt of the earth. However, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men, according to Matthew 5:13.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1612)
They met at the wrong time and the wrong place. And the priest was saying, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." And Rafael wanted to flee the church. He was not deaf, he was listening and he heard every word of the priest. But what he heard that moment didn't damp the feeling he had kept for the woman.
A young insurance sales person receives an invitation in the mail, but it's too formal to be from a new prospect. Having recently lost her parents, she finds it an enlightening encounter, but the stranger has the most to gain.
In this short ghost story with a twist ending, a man, haunted by dark memories, spends forty years living alone on an isolated farm. One autumn day, he discovers another presence in his home that forces him to face the secrets of his past.
How do people with Mercury in Virgo think? They tend to be critical and exacting, but know what they want. But can they see the forest for the trees?
This fictional tale describes what its like to fall in love with a person who has Venus in Scorpio, what are you getting into? A sexy, romantic, jealous and passionate ride! Read on!
Countdown ten quirks about Harry Potter's Quidditch sport that would make it incredibly troublesome in reality!
Roethke's villanelle is full of mystery and explores the nature of human identity. We think by feeling.What is there to know? Life is for living so learn by going where to go. A philosophical message.
There are three attributes ascribed to God and only to God. They are omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Each one is different. So, how are the different?
A true story about two young lovers who knew they had been together in other incarnations. They felt a strange attraction from the minute they laid eyes on each other! But being together before did not solve all their problems, there was still work to do!
Mother's day is on May 13, and preachers will deliver messages about biblical mothers. Some might even consider preaching about the characteristics of godly mothers.
Bosley was simply too thorough as an international bank accountant. He found a loose end, tied it up and wham, he's sitting on a log beside a campfire looking over his shoulder.
A lot of Christians are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. While it will be the second coming, the Bible speaks of three comings of Jesus. This article explains in detail.
Once there was a lonely farmer who decided to go fishing one day. He wore a shawl around his head to save from being bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs and carried a long fishing net. When he reached the river, he cast his net but caught nothing....
These are true funny littlie stories of making a transition from city living to small town living and loving it.
The story of Dinah causes anger especially in women and encourages them to speak out on behalf of the many abused women in different cultures. Her rape and her silence are evidences of injustice.
The fall of Jericho and the violence in the Old Testament can be troubling for some readers. Did God really order a Holy War?
Trisha and Jim got married at a very young age. Trisha was only twenty and Jim twenty-one. They married not because they wanted to. They were forced into it because she was pregnant. She stopped earning and Jim’s parents provided them with everything - a mansion, an abundance of food, and other
The most evil people in history surely didn't think of themselves that way, yet they committed atrocious acts. What is it about human nature that allows this to happen?
She was an 80 year old widow walking with arms full of groceries in the cold December wind. Little did Mark know when he picked her up, his life would be changed forever by The Walking Widow who showed him the secret to a happy life.
The word "awesome" should be reserved for only God. Chocolate ice cream and God should not be described the same way.
A fictional tale about two Venus in Virgo people, who wonder if a platonic relationship can successfully change into a romantic one. What do you think? I'd like to hear!
They look as if they're alive, flickering in the night sky. Where did the stars come from? Here is a Filipino legend on how the stars came to be the stars that fascinate us.
Christians are as subject to the temptations of the flesh as other people. And like other people, they sometimes find themselves in a wrong relationship they know they should have avoided. What then? How does one deal with the hurt of the break-up that seems inevitable? Is it too late to save marriages where partners are broken from betrayal?
Some people say they don't know how to pray. Prayer is simply communicating with God. If people can talk, then they can talk to God.
The Flash and Captain Cold come to a mutual understanding--of the intimate kind. Slash. Fluff. Cuteness.
Four fictional individuals are invited to share their opinions and feelings on President Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837.
Charlie visits the wreck of an old city bus and relives its horrific last run. The memories are enough to drive a man mad.
We all make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes can get us down. These quotes can help us refocus on what's important and find a way to move past a mistake that may have gotten us stuck.
This is a poem about keeping a positive attitude and not looking back but instead moving ahead to a bright and successful future.
After a quarter century together, Ben and Kim find that their love has died. Their marriage is at a standstill and both decide on their own to seek love elsewhere. Individually, both desperate for change and wanting to find love, they each begin an affair.
"You know who I am. That is very unfortunate for you. Because I also know who you are and where you live. A word of caution—keep your nose out of the Andrews Estate affair."
In the stories cited here, the children became illustrations in Jesus' lessons on five major Kingdom characteristics (mentioned in no particular order): humility, giving, prayer, inclusion and trust.
Rain is one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, since it brings the water we need to survive and thrive. This is a multi-media essay on rain.
This is a short story about hope and determination to achieve spring in your life's autumn.It's a fiction story,so resemblance to any plot or novel can be just coincidence.
God is our Creator. Sometimes he allows pieces of our lives to fall apart. When we entrust ourselves to Him, He will put all the pieces of our lives back together, either now or in eternity.
Many Christians use Psalm 46:10 as a type of contemplative prayer, but is this correct when considering the context? This verse can still be a comfort for Christians, but for the right reasons.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1510)
Loneliness is one of the most pervasive plagues of the human condition. Yet, it is often one of the most difficult subjects for society as a whole to address. These stories focus upon sources of isolation