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
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
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.
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.
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.
A look at a story drawn from Hindu mythology, concerning the benevolent goddess, Lakshmi, and her encounter with a clever washerwoman.
A Mother's Day poem, dedicated to my mom and all the other hard working mothers in the world who are more than just a mother, who have spent their lives tirelessly raising children, and who have given their bodies, hearts, and souls to making sure we are all alive today.
A look at a story drawn from Norse mythology, concerning efforts to bind the great wolf, Fenrir, who was destined to play a significant role on Ragnarok - the end of the world in Norse myth.
This fictional Venus in Pisces people are so romantic, they put the rest of the Zodiac to shame. Check the link at the bottom of the first paragraph, to see what sign your Venus is in!
The popular saint Francis of Assisi created one of the most beautiful prayers of Christianity, a mediation on peace.
Psalm 23 is the best known and most popular of all the psalms. Many people know this psalm by heart. The psalm is loved by Jews and Christians alike, speaking as it does of God’s protection and care.
Is it a spit in the face of a rebellion if you sit and watch in comfort? What is worth risking your world?
In this thriller, Padre Peters and his demon fighters take out a dangerous threat using computers and investigative methods.
Karma is a powerful force. This is an interpretation of the workings of karma on ill-willed actions.
Most people love receiving blessings from God. Did you know God gives two kinds of blessings? Do you know what they are?
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.
The author whether Romans 9 teaches unconditional election in light of God's election of Jacob and rejection of Esau.
People spend far too much time trying to figure out how to make people happy and comfortable. Sure, you can get ahead by impressing people; but it is far more fun to get ahead using intimidation and other nefarious tactics to make people...
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...
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.
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.
These are true funny littlie stories of making a transition from city living to small town living and loving it.
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.
Analisa inherits a precious gold locket and chain from her grandmother. It is stolen by an unlikely thief. She prays for a miracle and waits to see what happens.
It is worth hearing what Solomon, husband to many, has to say about women. His objective is to share insight and wisdom to young men, but women also benefit when they read what men say about them.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in an operating room? This story will tell you about a typical day for a circulating nurse in the operating room.
Flash Fiction: Physicist Dr. Simon Morton invents a time machine and goes back to 1865 to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He succeeds. Or does he? Sci-Fi time travel story.
7 Characteristics of the Cheerleader in Your Life - Cheerleaders fall under the category of "consul" on the Myers Briggs Personality test. Myers Briggs puts the cheerleader in the extroverted category, but the cheerleader in your life might actually have come introverted characteristics.
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?
The Carriage Driver is called into service in honor of an American icon. She was part of all of our lives.
Monsters, ghouls, or even scared of the dark? You name it! Know how to write a quick, short horror story with these simple tips.
These talented floral artists have taken inspiration from much loved or well known hymns to interpret their favorite hymns by placing them between the legends of their town, Swaffham in North Norfolk.
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.
As the sun shines happily on the cool, rippling surface of the sea, cars drive towards the nearest parking space like they would never have another chance to see this exquisite scene. Children are the first out, and they run frantically towards the...
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.
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.
The "I am" statements of Jesus are listed as they are recorded in the Gospel of John. They are explained why Jesus used particular metaphors to emphasize who He was.
When he gets a chance to flee, a captive tries to make his way to freedom. Will he be free at last? Find out in The Great Escape, a heart-warming tale of adventure for the child in us all.
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.
I was recently asked by a friend to write a scary short story. As Halloween is approaching I thought what better time to do that than now? This very short flash fiction is the result.
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.
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.
With Halloween approaching what better time than now for another collaboration with my friend Chris Mills. We have previously written a couple of short stories together and even collaborated on some poetry. This time we have a short horror tale for you to "enjoy."
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.
Southwestern Arizona was speckled with small towns that arose from the expansion of mining and ranching. In many places the ground was fertile but always in need of water. Folks like Jack and Nell who were willing to work came to Arizona in hopes of making an adequate living and starting anew.
Put your detective skills to the test in this fictional murder mystery! Darcy Lawson has been murdered and it is up to you to figure out whodunit. DISCLAIMER: this story contains features some viewers may find disturbing.
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.
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.
A short story about how a perfect stranger with a big heart made my sons Christmas a one he will remember for the rest of his life.
A story written the day after the concert by someone who was there. Read the teen's experience and the Times Entertainment Editior's story from a news clipping.
Mercury in Aquarius people are unique thinkers and have ideas many others would not think of. Do you want to learn more? Read on!
The Book of Micah was written during a time of grievous sin and brutal warfare. Micah alternated between hope and despair for his people
This is a short story I wrote for an online contest, that won 3rd prize. If you love stories with a hint of mystery, a lot of suspense, masks, owls and other spooky things, this is for you. This is a story both adults and children will enjoy. ...
He watched the white hare race across the field and though he had tried to forget, still he remembered the legend that told of women who changed into hares... - a short story by Eva Weggelaar
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
This is a Fan Fiction article about a seniors who are spending their summer in the Adirondack Mountains. A widow and widower meet and find love they thought they would never happen again at their age.
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.
Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms of domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
Carl was a farmer in the State of Indiana where he raised corn and soybeans on his own land. One day he spotted somebody crossing one of his fields. After confronting the man, Carl learned one of the greatest lessons of his life.
Almost all human interaction involves the use of promises and lies at some level. Many people make promises but not all intend to keep them. It is quite a skill to seperate the truth from lies.
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.
How a special person taught children to respect people with special needs. Josie's gift to us was the lesson of acceptance and love.
A look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of China, in which the world is threatened by the rising of ten suns.
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?
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?
The Internet forums, chatrooms, and writing sites are filled with challenges for creative writers. And most of them center around on one’s ability to write the shortest story possible. So, this writer decides to take the challenge.
The road is rough and full of peril. But Jake needs to go through it to get to his destination. However, an old man is in his way.
The characters in our favorite fairy tales are not doing so well in the land of fairies. Time has passed and they have grown up to face all the trials that former nursery rhyme stars face. Jack and Mary are no exception, but they work together to find a way out.
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.
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.
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.
Jenny had a special power she did not want. Some called it a gift. Others called it a curse. All Jenny wanted was for it to go away.
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!
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.
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.
One of my favorite songs is Michael Jackson's "Man in the mirror." There was a time when I didn't like who I saw in the mirror. But today, all that has changed.
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.
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.
Life has many mazes. It's the irony of life that makes one wonder why they are happening and yet without these, one will never learn what life is all about. Life experiences are the best teachers that teach us how to live a better life. Whatever they are, one must live them and learn from them.
Among Tony’s three best friends is Boris, a recent Russian Immigrant who has a bone to pick with the mayor. He attempts to even the score over a dog pooping citation using tactics from back home.
There is a very big difference between grace and mercy. The words should not be used interchangeably.
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.
Sometimes wishes do come true! A Christmas short story. Brenda always wanted a traditional Christmas, but sadly never had the chance. Till now.
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.
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
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!
Losing a parent is hard. With no family, only having one friend is better than having no one. But what if there is a secret? A secret that may destroy the only good relationship Julia has? She is about to take that chance. Let the secret be revealed.
Change is happening all around us every day. This article is all about the winds of change and includes a list of the top ten things that will always change in life and in the world.
Psalm 1 is the introduction to all the 150 psalms. The psalmist contrasts the fate of the righteous with the fate of the wicked.
One day strolling through the park, Ellie met a handsome young man named Mark. She batted her eyelashes at him and he bought her flowers. They fell madly in love. "You must meet my beautiful daughters, Sophie and Emma," he said, "You will love...
Elizabeth Bishop has learned this art of losing perfectly. She wrote the poem "One Art" to inspire the reader to learn and master this one art we are always afraid of learning.
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)
Excerpt - The unabashed requirement of watching at least one film every day quite often kept her from social amalgamations of fun and normalcy.
A dark flash fiction tale with elements of suspense, written in response to a challenge issued by a fellow writer and inspired by a writing prompt from somewhere else.
Throughout the pages of the Bible, the word "bread" is mentioned. Bread is used to provide physical nourishment as well as a symbol for spiritual satisfaction.
Psalms is a popular book of the Bible. It is not to be studied like other books. The book of Psalms is easy to understand when you know some background information instead of trying to interpret what the psalmists said thousands of years ago.
A lot of people don't realize that there are two separate feeding miracles in the gospels. There is the feeding of the five thousand in Jewish territory and the feeding of the four thousand in Gentile territory.
Author's Note: A word about mia noi or minor wives For married men to have minor wives is a common practice in both Thai and Lao societies. A minor wife is a mistress in which a married man will have in addition to his major wife, who watches over...
Patience is the brother of wisdom. Cultivate a passion for learning patience in all things. You are the master of your own destiny.
Two men battle to the top of a mountain on a quest for domination. Through blood, sweat, and tears they come to a mutual realization about man's relation to man. Word count-480
Three flash fiction stories on the theme of war, exploring bravery, despair, resilience and consequences. Is battle as glorious as it is claimed, or merely a catalyst of destruction and human misery?
Cloe and Ivy have the same dream where the Spirit of God brings new life and purpose to them. Dr. Wong is deeply moved when they both share the dream with him.
There are a few more days left in National Poetry Month, so I decided to try to write an Acrostic Poem. Here are a few dedicated to my kids and grandchild. Have you written an acrostic poem?
suzettenaples She heard the echo of the waves lapping onto the shore in her ears and the squalk of sea gulls in the hazy blue sky. She smelled the salt air, the sand and the water. It all imbued her senses. She felt the sand squishing between her...
An old woman pushes a shopping cart around the city and rescues the lost and discarded. She adopts them as her own and gives them a second chance at life.
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...
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?
What is it really like in the classroom? Here is the gritty truth of what it is like to be in the trenches every day with your children!
Can a world collapse through the lack of moral conscience? Can wars be started and food supplies ended because a moral conscience was missing? And can a moral conscience create an Eden on earth?
Your life is continuously ticking away. One man’s self-awareness and the ordeal of human development unfold in this journey of life from birth to death.
A Tactical Squad of the Ultramarines Fifth Company is sent forth on a mission on Calth to escort a troubled repair crew. A short story set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
After a month and a half of tormenting grief and despondency, Ivy shakes her fist at God and turns a corner. Dr. Wong himself is depressed, alarming his family. He pays a special visit to the chapel.
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.
Seventeen year old Maddy returns to the place where a tragedy occurred the year before, a tragedy for which she feels personally responsible. Will the visit bring healing or renew the grief?
Scores of people like nothing more than shopping at tag sales and antique shops. Everyone hopes to find a treasure hidden amid the relics of the past. Along the same vein, we can never know the true history of the item we are purchasing or what secrets it may be keeping.
This is a science fiction short story about leaving our home for something new and old at the same time.
I found this little pigeon in my parking lot all by itself — defenceless and vulnerable. There was no chance it was making it through the night there by itself. I brought it home. The next morning shocked me, yet also taught me a lesson I have always recalled.
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.
A foolhardy eleven-year-old girl meets with misfortune on a joyride on her bike. Who would have thought it would bring about an unlikely connection with the neighborhood curmudgeon.
The strange and spooky tale of Nera at Samhain (aka Halloween), including folklore, history, and customs. Includes "The Hosting of the Sidhe" by William Butler Yeats.
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 article corrects myths relating to the environment's effect on the happiness of gnomes and suggests 10 easy-to-follow rules to create a home environment in which gnomes are likely to flourish. Relying on recent research from The Gnome Project, we compiled this updated, guide for gnome lovers.
Heroic Sons are my song lyrics in tribute to my beloved sons who are not only my heroes, but heroes to the public, as well. It is not their occupations that make them my heroes, however; it is their courageous souls. Enjoy these lyrics with “Nights in White Satin”, by The Moody Blues, below!
The Bible records the stories of several women who were barren. That list includes Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah in the Old Testament and Elizabeth in the New Testament. Here is Hannah's story.
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.
To nurture their desire for success, here are six great Bible verses students can adopt as guiding principles throughout the year. Even younger students can benefit if someone reads and explains them.
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.
Some churches set aside a time during a service for people to give a testimony. Unfortunately, there is no format or guidelines for the speakers to use. Some testimonies end up being everything except what they were intended to be.
This couple made the mistake of a lifetime but learned a valuable lesson. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A fictional story complete on this page.
When I was a toddler, my father was self-employed and was able to spend his days with me. He would let me pick out my own unmatched clothing, helping to establish my strong sense of independence at an early age, and then he would pack me in to my...
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 1603)
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
If your husband had ever cheated, this is the type of letter you might receive from "the other 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.
There are many sayings that people say are in the Bible and as a result live by them. As a result they sometimes act in a way contradictory to the word of God.
At times, it felt cozy. Walking amongst the trees on her families properties, sleeping in the same house that had been passed down. Other times, it felt confining. How do you know when it's time to go against all you've known and to create your own path? (short story, drama)
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.
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.
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.
The Jātaka tales are a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. This is the tale of The Hare's Self-Sacrifice
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.
This article gives thirteen Bible verses about birds, and it provides data about old and recent religions' views of feathered creatures.
Lindy held the sonogram in trembling hands. She was 72 years old; there was no way she could be pregnant even if she hadn't been celibate for the past 7 years. But the image clearly showed a fetus.
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.
Cloe Ludlow is being discharged and spends her last day making thank you cards and says goodbye to Dr. Wong. Two days later she faces evil.
Officer Sly Richardson knew the people of his town and none better than Freddy Lee, a washed-up trumpet player of the jazz style. In a personal and special way, Sly challenges Freddy Lee to rise above his circumstances and take charge of his life.
This Fan Fiction story could apply to a woman or a man who loses their life partner, particularly at a young age. The difficulty of working through grief, particularly with young children is explored.
There are so many little things in the Bible with big meanings. We would be wise to pay attention to them.
Friendships are one of our major sources of joy and well-being. Sadly, often those most in need of its solace, present themselves in a way which proves smothering to those they approach. Equally painful is the belief in friendships being sold rather than offered.
Psalm 150 is the last of the psalms in the Bible. There is much to say about the chapter consisting of only 6 verses.
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!
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
Billy Jean Owens is a young widow with two small children. Who seems to have come to the end of her road. And the only way out is death. As she stands contemplating, committing the final act. She hears her Grandmother voice repeating her infamous words. "Use what you got." But what does she have?
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?
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.
Many of us suffered them as children, and some even suffer them as adults, be they in child or adult form, they aren't hard to spot. Bullying is an unacceptable thing in any culture.
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.
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!