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...
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.
Countdown ten quirks about Harry Potter's Quidditch sport that would make it incredibly troublesome in reality!
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!
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 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?
A guilty conscience can make us miserable. But that's exactly what God intends! Here's how to handle it when your conscience won't let you alone.
Comedy and funny story about the fish that got away. My favorite funny story about fishing with my uncle.
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.
I had a dream about you last night, sweetheart ... You know that I often wished I could have died with you. Life here on earth seemed so meaningless without you. My need to be with you felt stronger than any desire to remain one second longer on...
These are true funny littlie stories of making a transition from city living to small town living and loving it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
God created season for many reasons. The seasons come in cycles offering variety, and understanding and appreciating God's order of nature.
The author whether Romans 9 teaches unconditional election in light of God's election of Jacob and rejection of Esau.
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.
Patience is the brother of wisdom. Cultivate a passion for learning patience in all things. You are the master of your own destiny.
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.
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.
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 is a science fiction short story about leaving our home for something new and old at the same time.
Have you ever encountered a "snake devil?" I'm sure you haven't, or you wouldn't be reading this. 10- year-old Frankie encountered one. This is his story, told by others.
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...
This short story is an mashup alternative ending to the short stories No One’s a Mystery by Elizabeth Tallent and Teenage Wasteland by Anne Tyler, based on the song Carousel by Linkin Park.
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
A Mothers Prayer is the story of my teenage daughter. As her mother I was very concerned about her choices. The story tells of the power of prayer & the very specific answer to my urgent pleadings.
How to be a good neighbour when camping under canvas. A hopefully lighthearted list of things that can get on your fellow campers nerves.
An interesting legend on how the edible, red and juicy tomato came to be the tomato we've known and loved, an essential ingredient on different cuisines.
The Best Man rises to give his wedding toast, and addressing his friend the Groom, he smiles as he warns: “Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well.” What does that mean?
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!
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.
This article gives thirteen Bible verses about birds, and it provides data about old and recent religions' views of feathered creatures.
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.
According to Luke 15, there are four lost things and people. However, people often count only three of them. READ this article to see that you, too, could be lost.
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.
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.
Sin is sin, but there are two sins that block your blessings. Those twin sins hold you back and keep you from moving ahead in all areas of your life. Do you know what those twin sins are?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Ralph fails to follow even the basic rules of using a fitting room in a clothing store. For Ralph, when one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong. (Word Count-658)
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.
In this post-apocalyptic setting, Jim is waiting to graduate into the life and work that would be assigned to him. Graduating was everything to someone his age. Failure to graduate held immediate consequences. A young woman waits as well, and Jim challenges her to join him in doing the unthinkable.
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...
Tim headed out on a rainy night while he and his family visited St Louis. He had a simple mission to buy hamburgers and fries and take them back to his wife and daughter at the hotel. But he met a strange little girl who had a different plan.
Short story re-published from Associated Content /Yahoo Voices. It's about two people who meet by chance - a decorated veteran and a beautiful actress! Do give it a read!
I was fifteen that summer I fell in love with a dead woman. It all started innocently enough, on a bright day at the seaside under a clear sky. It ended in a damp cave with shadows and strange sounds, the cave that nearly killed me. I dream of it even now, but it always turns into a nightmare. I wake up with a pounding heart and my mouth tasting seawater.
There is a very big difference between grace and mercy. The words should not be used interchangeably.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my first official short story. It is a fictional account of a rookie pilots first encounter with the enemy during the infancy of aerial combat in world War 1. I hope you enjoy reading this
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.
Does this happen to you? Even when you are not writing, you are always thinking about writing. Every person you meet, or see along on your way, can be a possible character in your next story. You are a writer at heart, if a poem is being woven in your mind, when you are walking in the nearby park.
Though we see the beauty in the dying of leaves in the Fall beauty isn't seen easily in the death of a human being. But for the Christian, there is certain beauty in life and in death.
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.
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!
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
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?
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?
Most people love receiving blessings from God. Did you know God gives two kinds of blessings? Do you know what they are?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In response to DzyMsLizzyty"s challenge, this story is about two twin sisters, a boyfriend and their relationship. One sister tries to protect her twin due to a boyfriend that is not so nice.
The Flash and Captain Cold come to a mutual understanding--of the intimate kind. Slash. Fluff. Cuteness.
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.
The popular saint Francis of Assisi created one of the most beautiful prayers of Christianity, a mediation on peace.
Even animals did not fear or harm Carter. Often men saw bears, deer and bobcats laying around Carter's cabin as he sat outside feeding the smaller critters seeds, nuts and berries ...
The fall of Jericho and the violence in the Old Testament can be troubling for some readers. Did God really order a Holy War?
Have you ever looked at a full moon and got an uneasy feeling from it, as if it had produced some types of unearthly creatures as it rose into the sky? In this article, you'll have the chance to see and feel what a "Devil's Moon can do to alter the things as you know them, and even you.
Why do spiders weave and why do spiders have weaving silk? This legend might give you the reason why spiders continuously weave their web.
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...
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...
This is a poem about keeping a positive attitude and not looking back but instead moving ahead to a bright and successful future.
Any human being with the smallest drop of Encantor blood would possess supernatural powers. Atina’s daughter, the child of an Encantor Prince was a normal little girl who did not have exceptional power at all, or did she?
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.
How a special person taught children to respect people with special needs. Josie's gift to us was the lesson of acceptance and love.
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.
Hello, you, There is so much I want to tell you but I shouldn't because this isn't a love letter. There is so much I need you to know, bleed for you to know, but I shouldn't have you knowing, because this...
Anyone that knows me will be aware of my love of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and M. R. James. The two come together in this tribute piece; a chilling tale of Burgling in the Barrow Downs.
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.
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.
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.
A Christmas ghost story. A young woman's car breaks down. But where is she? Then she sees a young man walking towards her..... copyright Nell Rose
Ever want to blame all your bad luck on a creepy haunted doll? Well I did and here's the letter to prove it.
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?
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the crowing of the rooster at dawn to the chirping of the cricket at dusk, the sounds of people, animals and birds contribute to the joy of living in a Caribbean rural neighborhood.
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...
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?
Boys grow into men. Not all of them learn the lessons of life correctly, but some cannot help but see life differently than others. The Deep South in the 60's.
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.
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.
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.
Snow came to Hundred Acre Wood early that winter. Unhappy Eeyore receives a surprise and understands the meaning of the charitable Christmas spirit from Pooh and Piglet.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
Whether writing, interviewing, or just having a conversation, everybody wants to get accurate answers to their questions. But the only way to get the right answer is to ensure you're asking the right questions. This article will discuss "leading" questions and how to avoid them.
Synopsis: A light-hearted and humorous critique of celebrity culture seen through the eyes of an acerbic journalist during Fashion Week.
In a parallel universe, where our laws of physics don't apply, evolution is not the way for species to advance. Instead, all living organisms; animals, humans and trees, reach higher levels of existence through reincarnation. This story is about a parallel world in a far away universe
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.
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 1205)
There are so many little things in the Bible with big meanings. We would be wise to pay attention to them.
Short story. Good thieves are seldom caught, but add a touch of love and a portion of power from another time...
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.
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.
A Dutch legend: "Near the mounds, in the mists of autumn you'll find them, the White Women, wrapped in their veils of fog."
Many people question God and feel guilty about it later. It is not blasphemy to question God. Throughout the Bible, God's servants questioned Him, and they were not punished for doing so, and neither will you be punished.
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."
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!
Sharon was his love, his life, his rose. When he went off to war, he promised he would return for her. But time takes its toll. Will love rise again?
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.
When the Expected becomes Unexpected and Romance Carries the Day - A short story of romantic intrigue, playfulness, and unbridled passion
Reading is such a good hobby as it travels you to distant places, keeping the imagination alive. That magic of instantly transporting you into a different space and time.
Clowns are supposed to be happy people. They are the life of a party. They make people roll with laughter, but why should a clown like him be sad? There is a shroud surrounding the life of this clown. He has a sad story behind those clown smile. A story that must be told.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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. ...
Flash fiction. The food baron specialized in love potions, but he definitely didn't appear available to a town a hungry women. But every man meets his match.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your husband had ever cheated, this is the type of letter you might receive from "the other woman."
Ivan an aspiring writer, struggles to write something but one night he encounters something strange, which might affect his writing dream.
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?
Savannah Georgia has always been a place of mystery and beauty. What better place for a tale of restless spirits and magic. Music is timeless and rife with memories, as you will soon see.
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.
Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms of domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance
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...