Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms of domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance
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.
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.
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.
Perceptional variance has been a significant theme in literature for centuries. The same could be an interesting topic for research in psychology and other disciplines today. A close comparison of the protagonists of three famous texts, Hamlet, Othello, and Oedipus the King will prove this point
You would think a quick trip to an old folks home would be easy wouldn't you? But sometimes things are not what they seem!
Sometimes wishes do come true! A Christmas short story. Brenda always wanted a traditional Christmas, but sadly never had the chance. Till now.
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.
The special bond between humans and their pets is one that is not easily broken. For most people, these four-legged friends are cherished family members. Sadly, their time with us does not last forever. Sometimes, however, they are not quite ready to say "goodbye."
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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...
Brian expected that when he went into to the Twin Towers that Tuesday morning, he would never be seen again. But he never planned for Kate to be there with him.
Flash fiction story in under 300 words. The Queen thinks she's the ruler; the joker thinks his heart rules him, but who or what is really in charge?
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.
God created season for many reasons. The seasons come in cycles offering variety, and understanding and appreciating God's order of nature.
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.
Our God is the God of the impossible and has used his people throughout the years to do the impossible through them in order to bring glory to himself. We need to trust that God is still in the business of doing great things through us. He uses weak people to fulfill his purposes in the world.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
The whole mental health unit staff of Mercy hospital are grief stricken about the murder of longtime favorite patient Cloe Ludlow. Dr. Wong and Clara break the news to Ivy, Cloe's best friend.
Sadly, situations arise where reality transcends any lingering hopes. Here, twins, at around ten years old, have grown so intertwined as to make any permanent separation feel unbearable.
Checkers was an old man who loved the game of checkers and each of the seven dogs he had befriended over nearly a century. His reign as king of the town's annual checkers tournament was about to be challenged once again and his love for his latest canine friend was being put to the test as well.
We all enjoy a night out and dinner with friends, right? This is just a commentary on one such night, a bit of history.
The Flash and Captain Cold come to a mutual understanding--of the intimate kind. Slash. Fluff. Cuteness.
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.
Patience is the brother of wisdom. Cultivate a passion for learning patience in all things. You are the master of your own destiny.
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.
When a seasoned criminal agrees to teach an underachiever the crime trade, he quickly realizes the novice is not cut out for a life of crime. In the end, he sees no other choice but to throw the poor boy overboard.
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!
Calvin purchased a home and was making remodeling plans, beginning with the master bedroom. In that very room, fantasy and reality seemed to be converging to create a whole new world. But was it real?
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.
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.
An old man spends his days shuffling around the city in search of the lost wealth of her citizens. For 30 years, he had persistently sought and found the lost coins, but for what purpose? (1260 words)
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.
When I come to town, rolling through like a stone that has been dislodged on the side of a hill, it may look like a random, bouncing stone, but there is purpose. (Word Count 1220)
When it seems like all muses of inspiration have turned their backs on us, maybe it's because we have been avoiding them.
A look back at the slow decline of basic kindness in society as it relates to the current generation. How have Millennialls changed things? What does the future hold?
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.
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.
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.
The word "awesome" should be reserved for only God. Chocolate ice cream and God should not be described the same way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My stories do continue but from different a slightly different viewpoint than before. This one shows the love that the Coastal Bend has for one another. They reach out daily to others that are still trying to make a new life.
Three flash fiction competition winners! Stories that prove sometimes it is best to write what you know. These short stories are about ordinary people in everyday situations. Feeling the emotions and overcoming the challenges we all might face in that great journey we call life
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.
A young woman's life is transformed by the decisions she makes. Marybeth finds freedom, strength, and self-confidence through the making of her own decisions—with courage, for better or for worse.
'At a remote age in the heart of Italy, a fiery tragedy' was repeatedly enacted: thus wrote Frazer in the Golden Bough about the priesthood of Nemi. His words led to this tale.
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.
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.
Mercury in Aquarius people are unique thinkers and have ideas many others would not think of. Do you want to learn more? Read on!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a science fiction short story about leaving our home for something new and old at the same time.
Thinking back to when I first met you there I was, an empty piece of a shell wondering around in my own world. Searching for a brand-new beginning as I was afraid of love as everyone knows it.
How a special person taught children to respect people with special needs. Josie's gift to us was the lesson of acceptance and love.
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 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
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.
Five years after being abducted from Earth and taken to Orbis, Christy has accepted the place and people, but Mark still longs for home. Mark discovers a way to escape, but can he go without her?
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...
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.
During a visit to Norwich, England, dragon statues were on display, the theme for 2015's charity fund raising. They provided entertainment, a sense of history, a tour of the city and a glimpse into mythology. Come with me on my Dragon Trail.
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?
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 tribute to Kevin John Shenko, my stepson who expired on the 13th of August 2017 at the hands of his own son John Shenko III. This was written for Kevin’s father John Shenko II.
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.
Amazing things are happening for Ivy now that her cousin James and Aunt Gwen are by her side and participating in her recovery. Thomas Gimmler seeks to rebuild his life, beginning with his marriage.
Ralph goes to the dentist and discovers a whole world of creepy crawly bacteria lurking, not only in his own mouth, but in the mouth of every woman he may kiss in the future. To kiss, or not to kiss?
When a ball is thrown up in the air, it will return to the ground with the same speed as it was thrown in the air. This process is called gravitation. Isaac Newton said, “What comes up must come down.”
In today's climate, people connect through past hurts, traumas and stories. But what if we leveled up? What if we began to connect with one another from a place of strength and empowerment? From what is and is yet to be versus what once was and never should have been? Read on and Discover How.
The popular saint Francis of Assisi created one of the most beautiful prayers of Christianity, a mediation on peace.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 short story is a creative writing exploration of life. The trials and tribulations of human development and growth are portrayed as a man’s self-awareness of life from birth to death unfold.
If your husband had ever cheated, this is the type of letter you might receive from "the other woman."
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.
With that, he walked toward the crumbled body like a silent shadow on the wall. He hesitated when he reached the body and saw that it was a young, thin girl. She was strangled and her neck popped instantly. He could tell because of the bones sticking out of her flesh. She wasn't smelling badly yet,
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.
A short, fictional tale 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!
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.
Do you believe ghosts? How about zombies? This terrifyingly twisted tale is sure to enchant your soul. A poem about trick-or-treaters who will never forget what happened on "that" Halloween night.
Four fictional individuals are invited to share their opinions and feelings on President Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837.
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.
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.
Two scientists venture to the ocean floor to research geological faults of the Baja Peninsula. High water temp forces them to abandon the mission but places them in even greater danger. 1000 words.
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
This Flash Fiction story was written as a response to a challenge to write a short story based on a prompt of an opening sentence and photograph.
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
Prayers of the saints rise to heaven for Thomas, who is in critical condition. Miracles abound for many.
Charles has cancer...for the 2nd and time. His son talks him into visiting a clinic in a restored castle. While there, Charles finds hope in visions from past inhabitants of the castle.
While Jesus Christ is our mediator with the Father in a special way, the Blessed Virgin Mary, is our mediatrix of divine graces.
This is the season that people are supposed to be jolly but it was not the case for me! If you like horror then this hub is for you!
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.
The story of my restaurant date gone wrong, plus tips for handling your own dining out issues, should they occur.
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.
The Greek word koinonia, commonly translated as "fellowship," is not the modern understanding of having coffee and doughnuts before church or a dish to pass afterward but involves mutual love and sacrifice for one another because of our shared relationship and fellowship with God.
Are you looking for a story which will leave you smiling? A story full of warms and fuzzies? Read on about one adoption which worked out quite well.
"The sheriff’s intervention comes under the heading of what we have discussed many times before: “Why don’t they go to the police?” I’ve always replied, “They don’t go to the police because it’s dull.”" -Alfred Hitchcock; to which I say, well we have Mounties.
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.
A Dutch legend: "Near the mounds, in the mists of autumn you'll find them, the White Women, wrapped in their veils of fog."
Countdown ten quirks about Harry Potter's Quidditch sport that would make it incredibly troublesome in reality!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ever want to blame all your bad luck on a creepy haunted doll? Well I did and here's the letter to prove it.
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.
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.
Three boys, adventurers at heart, set out on a day hike in the coal mining region of West Virginia. The decision to explore a mine leads to a chilling encounter and a narrow escape. (1526 words)
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.
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!
Think before you speak or act, if it sounds terrible after the anger has subsided or the action will harm someone then perhaps it's best to find another way.
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
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.
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.
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...
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 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.
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.
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
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.
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.
666 at 3Am. Will you invite the devil in or are you just wasting sleep. This is my story of shouting 666 at 3 am .
Two men, war pals and fishing buddies, have a relationship cemented by one heroic act. Can the favor be returned when the enemy is unknown, hidden and very, very hungry? Word Count 1741
This is my own response to a challenge I set some time ago, to write a story following a photo prompt; a story about kindness, about nature and about history, set in the Sussex countryside of England.
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.
Psalm 150 is the last of the psalms in the Bible. There is much to say about the chapter consisting of only 6 verses.
After losing her parents to a horrible illness, the maiden, Eventide, faces harshness of people and challenges of nature as she seeks to keep the family farm and create a good life. Word Count 987