Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Nurse

Today, I thought I’d share a piece from a contest I’d entered a few years back.  The sentence given to start the story was: “The nurse left work at five o’lock…” The nurse left work at five o’clock.  Her shift would not be over for another seven hours, but she’d left the building, not knowing when, or if, she’d ever return.  Closing her eyes she pictured the floor of her ward, the floor she’d walked up and down and back […]

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Mean Girls = Mean Women

The other night, a woman I know leaned in, quite conspiratorially, and all but “Pssst!” in my ear as she asked a question that could only be identified as bait. Slimy and smelling of fish, it was a question I knew she already had the answer to, yet with eyebrows raised, she asked me to provide her with sensitive information about another woman in our circle of acquaintances. When I turned away from her unappetizing hook, she shrugged and went […]

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Words: Weighted Hateful Hurtful Hollow

There are a lot of wishes I make in a day, the most consistent having been, “I wish people would consider the weight of their words.” It isn’t just the heavy words, either – the ones with cruel or hurtful content. No. There are plenty of words floating around out there that are a waste of vowels and consonants and I wish there was a way to get people to use words more carefully. And, use them more commonly and […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Nine

Leaning back in her chair, Jeri stared at the mess they’d made. Meals had always been stressful with Andy, but Jeri thought in light of today’s unusual (both quirky and unexpected) polite interaction with the waitress, that this meal would be different. It wasn’t. Dining was always a frenetic ballet of sorts, consisting of Andy rhythmically rocking in his seat, and occasional dramatic leaps in the air as he’d attempt to escape, only to be held tight by his mother, […]

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