527: Dream Big

I have always believed in dreaming big. So I took a ballon, and I started blowing into it. I blew, and I blew, and kept blowing. The balloon kept growing. It grew until it was the size of a paper sack, it grew until it was the size of a suitcase, it grew until it…

521: After The Fire

There was nothing left. The fires had moved through and destroyed everything. In some ways they were a mercy, those fires. You never regret what is taken from you. You just soldier on, knowing that you had nothing to do with the shit hand that got dealt in your direction and trying to make the…

520: Fish Sticker

Who wants fresh fish? Anybody, anybody? What, you in the back? Do you have a fish sticker? What? No fish sticker? How can you expect to buy fish without a fish sticker? We have a no fish sticker, fish buyer here. What should we do? Take him outside, you say? Take him outside! Take him…

519: Room To Run

Jessie loved to run, especially at night. As the moon shone overhead, the sound of her hooves hitting the hard packed ground echoed through the valley. Running during the day just didn’t hold the same appeal. Try as she might, Jessie just couldn’t enjoy it. Jessie loved the night. She was a night mare. Sometimes,…

517: I Would Really Like More Email

One of the major issues that I face on a daily basis is the fact that I simply do not get enough email. For starters, I get about 100 emails from WordPress every day.* If I was a weaker man I might have been inclined to opt out of some of these emails, since I…

511: The Doom Scroll

In the spring of 1967, a team of archeologist in Syria uncovered an ancient document which, when translated, purportedly predicted the end of the human race. At the time, researchers dismissed it as being yet another apocalyptic writing. But the intervening years have proven some of the predictions made in this document to be very…

510: Hands Apart America

In 1986 Americans from coast to coast linked hands in an effort to form a continuous chain across the United states. Today, a new social distancing campaign is aiming to teach children the importance of never touching at all. Hands Apart America is encouraging American children to maintain their social distances. “The goal is complete…

504: A Life Of Words

Fyodore Dosteyevsky loved words. You could even say he made a career out of it. First he wrote pages of words, then the pages became chapters. Finally the chapters became books, and people bought the books and read them. “Hey, these are good words,” said somebody or other, and somebody or other agreed. And so…

498: Here Is A House

Here is a house. It has walls. There are holes in the walls. Genevieve is sticking her hand through one of the holes in the wall. Marshall is chopping off Genevieve’s hand with a meat cleaver. There is blood on the walls. Genevieve is screaming. Marshall is picking up Genevieve’s hand. Marshall is caught redhanded.…