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Suzie Carpenter

Suzie started the day we met as she did every day: dressing in the outfit she had laid out the night before, …

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RRR: Hunger Strike

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: I first posted this little bit in February of 2010. I just now found this picture to go with …

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Belonging

The first time I saw them, striding from their ships into our village, I thought I was seeing deities. I had never …

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RRR: One Night in Punxsutawney

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I posted this last year. Then the lovely and talented Helen Howell volunteered to record a narration of it …

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Lie Down, You’re Dead

I was crawling into the bar. It occurred to me that I had crawled out of a few — even got carried …

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Toys in the Attic

I often jot down story ideas and titles that I intend to work on later. Sometimes, those notes languish for years before …

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Spark: Betsy Brung ‘im Home

Writers are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The answer, for me anyway, is pretty much everywhere. Here is the …

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Betsy Brung ‘im Home

Thomas Jefferson Gardner clicked his tongue. The old workhorse, Betsy, slowly pulled the hack away from the schoolhouse. Raucous kids bounced around …

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The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo

Image: Dragon with Girl Tattoo by Tim VanSant, based on the photo Chinese Water Dragon, Princess of Wales conservatory, Kew Gardens (Christine …

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A Hanging

I shutter to think of it now. I’m not cut out for cloak and dagger work. I lost my valance and drooped …