A discussion around three characters from English and American classics who deserve their own retellings (or original new stories).
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 last slave ship landed illegally on Jekyll Island in 1858. A short tale of one of its surviving passengers, still living on the island owned by the most exclusive club in the world.
The story of my restaurant date gone wrong, plus tips for handling your own dining out issues, should they occur.
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.
How to be a good neighbour when camping under canvas. A hopefully lighthearted list of things that can get on your fellow campers nerves.
A commemorative poem about all those Hotshot crews who risk their lives trying to put out forest fires.
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.
When I was six, I wanted the first thing I ever truly wanted. It glimmered and shone and dominated my every thought. I truly believed I would have it.
There have been a number of criminal duos, many of them intertwined on an intimate level, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady will almost certainly be viewed, for centuries, as a twosome of demoniac killers
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.
I’m not a girl who is afraid of the dark, or at least, I didn’t use to be. Not until that night I woke up to his face hovering over mine.
This short story is a very good example of people entertaining an angel when they don't realize it. READ and ENJOY
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.
Once upon a time, dragons lived on earth. The hunting of their species by knights in shining armour drove them away. When they left earth, their magic disappeared. Now they have returned...
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.
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.
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.
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)
When flood of rain threatens to wash away her colony and queen, one brave ant risks her life to try and save it all. A short story revealing the perspective of ants and their 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
Parents, watch out for your kids. You don't know the mischief a boy with a healthy imagination can create.
I’m thrilled that breakfasts are in again. As a fan of hearty breakfasts, I savour every moment of them. Whenever possible I try to eat in peace, enjoying the flavours and different textures.
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...
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.
Murder by the Written Word is a series filled with intrigue and deception. What is really going on at the Andrews Estate?
A story of fiction is to entertain, bring some excitment, make people keep reading. I hope that is what I have accomplished.
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.
Good grammar and mathematics are not irreconcilable. A class learns this lesson in a most unexpected way.
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.
This is the heartbreaking story of a psychiatric patient from the careless days of electroconvulsive therapy which was used, quite often it seems, as a means of behavior control in mental hospitals.
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
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?
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.
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.
A discussion about being good enough, and how being good enough is certainly something to be proud of.
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 ?
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.
A long trip to a distant land taught her more than she was prepared to learn about the world, herself and God.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
Graveyards are peaceful places to walk around. We read the grave stones and ponder what their story is.
moral message can be obtained from anywhere, short stories of arrogant shoes and sorry socks will send you a message of life to be understood. read it!
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.
Just some random thoughts about nature, and man, and whether we are as far-advanced as we would like to believe.
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.
I'd like to thank Ann Carr for issuing the challenge to write about our favourite beach. This brought back fond memories and allowed me to share a little about the first place I can recall growing up.
K'o and Rheca are aliens visiting Earth on Halloween. The peculiar behavior of humans baffles them as they observe an adult Halloween party complete with ghosts, corpses and jack-o-lanterns.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Craig, Ralph and Jonesy are best friends––most days. On this day, cheese is the topic of discussion, a subject on which Craig is apparently an expert, especially when it comes to hard cheeses.
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.
How much success do we need in the world, under the current definition of what success actually means?
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?
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.
It's amazing what you will see looking up at the clouds, but it's also amazing what others see in the same clouds. Why do we see the same thing so differently?
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.
We have all been there. The word we meant to say didn’t come out right. Then there are those people who misuse and mispronounce certain words regularly. Here are a few of my pet peeves.
August is the one-year anniversary of the beginning of a new life. Hurricane Harvey came and went leaving a new perspective on life. Everything changed that day in the Coastal Bend of South Texas. Compassion for others took over and still thrives today.
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)
A retired school teacher receives three visitations which were each the delivery of a morbid and horrifying object. When put together, they become the key to an even larger mystery. (Word count-956)
This is a true story. The people and the wood frame home are still alive. Even the outcome of this hub is true.
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."
An astral traveler finds the house of her dreams in her city, but knows they can't afford it. Then she can't believe her good fortune, or can she?
The following is part of a chapter from an uncompleted novel I begain about 15 years ago. It chronicles the life of young man trying to come to terms with the death of his first true love.
Knowing how to be relevant to a person's needs is as important as your willingness to be there for them. Supporting is a unique position and it can create an environment of awareness behooving to their growth as well as yours. Support like never before by redefining what you already know.
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?
"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."
A lot of people claim they are compassionate. However, compassion only exists if some action is taken to help those who are suffering.
This is the story of Artie. He made my childhood special and helped me understand the wonders of nature -- and life.
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.
A city in the turbulence of imperial transition, an army centered in an epic aftermath, a commander with a secretive agenda... the unthinkable about to be unleashed.
An essay about one of the most important laws that are governing our thoughts, the Law of Substitution.
She couldn't decide what to do. But her love for her family took over and she found herself agreeing to an arranged marriage. Perhaps it could work?
Mothers and daughters are special people, but sometimes not to each other. It is a blessing when mothers and daughters have enough in common to love each other, to show that love, and to feel it. That's not what's going on here. It's a little sad, but we all know such stories have to be told.
"I think I should explain here, that the flesh represents ignorance and, thus, as we dance and break the thong loose, it is as if we were being freed from the bonds of the flesh. " —Black Elk
In the future, after much of the world has been destroyed, Mintaka, having been reanimated, is sent to capture her sister for the military who run things. She wakes after being drugged so her sister can escape, unaware of where she is or what to do next. Remembering her powers she sets off.
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.
Narcissist Personality Disorder effects Spider Man’s big brother, and despite Big Brother’s over-confident Nature, there is one thing which terrifies him. This one thing could result in his demise!
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.
It is difficult being me. I cringe at sloppy grammar & poor speech, so to seek the company of those who should know better, would lead me to attend dinner parties with "our sort of people". Yes?
Every night Johnny went out looking for him, hoping to catch him alone and off his guard. Johnny owed him something - revenge and a slow death.
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.
How many times have you accepted Christ into your heart? Did you feel changed afterward? Did you feel the Holy Spirit come upon you?
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.
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 .
Caring for one's possessions, especially if those things are part of your life sustaining occupation, is important. But when relationships are the topic, nurturing is indispensible.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Speaking your truth without fear of being blamed or judged is a challenge faced by many in their daily lives. Is it simply a fear of hurting or getting judged by people. What stops us?
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.
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.
Do not judge a person as soon as you see them. There may be more going on in their life than you realize.
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?
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.
Anna Wronski and daughter Gita are separated by continent in 1939 under mysterious circumstances. In her old age, Anna still searches for six year old Gita.
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 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.
Psalm 150 is the last of the psalms in the Bible. There is much to say about the chapter consisting of only 6 verses.
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.
I have always hoped that people would learn this. It is truly a good use of time. Kind people are the ones who are able to work "in" themselves not "out" of themselves.
Eddy was naughty and planned things carefully, but even he did not predict what would happen to Prince, the frog.
What are tall ships? These are the old square-rigged sailing ships of olden days; the way goods and people used to be transported all over the world. They hold a firm and important place in history.
How do we look back on things in our life that stand out. The way we treated people who are no longer with us? Is is with regret or can we truly say we did the best we knew how?
Join us in a bit of absurd comedy written somewhat in the style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Magic Realism.
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.
Two men, enemies for years, share a complicated history, parts of which each has blocked from his memory. The time has come for both to remember, one to be freed and the other to go. Word count 934
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.
I had the recent pleasure of taking a walk around the Mines of Mazarron in Spain. It's an inspiring place and when I got back I wrote a dark little tale...
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...
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.
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
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.
What you create doesn't obey you but hates you enough to come back from an epic war, survive centuries of torment and horrors; transforming in the process - just to find you.
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.
Just a little story... It doesn't reflect my way of thinking nor is it about anyone in particular. I just thought I would have a little fun making up a story about someone I encounter on a daily basis but do not know and how the absence of that person's presence inspires a little blip in my routine
Lies can hurt more than just our feelings. They can hurt our good name and our careers. Read about my experience with a compulsive liar.
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 ...
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...
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 folktale from Shropshire describes how villagers were saved from drought by a fairy cow, until a wicked witch stepped in.
Just a short poem I wrote for Poetry Month comparing cruel or hurtful words to rose thorns, and a few additional haiku about roses.
So much in this country gets moved by trucks. These truckers spend countless hours on the road. I often wonder where they are going.
Alexa and Lee seemed perfect for each other. They fell in love in grade school and beyond. Their love was tested and Lee failed miserably due to an accident that tore Alexia's world apart.
A restaurant server dishes some truths from their insider’s point of view on the jokes you should never tell them.
How could something so beautiful be fooled by a simple flame? It will flutter and struggle, and in the end die from its fascination with something it will never have.
Comedy and funny story about the fish that got away. My favorite funny story about fishing with my uncle.
Mercury in Aquarius people are unique thinkers and have ideas many others would not think of. Do you want to learn more? Read on!
Billy is living in the land of the Ishi, creatures with intelligence and the ability to speak. A terrible witch makes life miserable, even deadly. The Ishi and humans form an alliance to fight back.
This is the conclusion to Paradise Gateway. It is about Carter Bascom, the famous wood carver of Apple Valley.
The author whether Romans 9 teaches unconditional election in light of God's election of Jacob and rejection of Esau.
Turtles. We see them in lots of places, but until now, we have never known what is on their complex minds.
Martha Storm is a star, not a rock star, but a star of the corporate world. In the year 2052, Storm enterprises is head and shoulders above the competition which is why her new skyscraper, her company, and her life have been targeted. Thriller. 5,000 well chosen words. This may be my best fiction.
"Stray" is a short story about a small black kitten who is abandoned time and time again before finally finding a loving home. A must read for all cat lovers.
When morning prayers begin hopeful and confident we sometimes slip into anxiety and doubt as soon as difficulties arise. The practice of gratitude humbles us and makes our faith grow.
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.
Joey Orsino works for one of the New York City crime families. He gets busted dumping a body into the harbor, and the cops make him a potentially deadly offer....Joey's boss for Joey's freedom.
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.
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)