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This is where you will find short stories, personal essays, and guest posts.  Family and friends and the ordinary business of life are the inspiration for this section.

Shaking Hands With Your Twin

Shaking Hands With Your Twin

 Maybe he was a raving madman, a fool in search of harmony in a world turned upside down. Sometimes, however, magnificent thoughts could creep into the head of anyone, even a perfect fool.... From Behind The Locked Door There were three umpires discussing how they...

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Off The Bus

Off The Bus

 you’re either on the bus or off the bus                                             Ken Kesey Back when I was in high school more than a half-century ago, I was chosen to participate in a contest sponsored by Bank of America. About twenty or so high school students...

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Book Review – Came A Horseman by Paul McHugh

Book Review – Came A Horseman by Paul McHugh

 NOTE:  This book is available at the Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino and at all fine book outlets Paul McHugh’s latest novel, Came A Horseman, is set on the north coast of California.  This makes the novel of particular interest to us at Think in the Morning as that...

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Short Fiction – The Test

Short Fiction – The Test

  I have been taking the test for some time now. I’m not sure how long or how much time is left.  Some of the problems are easy.  I breeze right through them.  Others take what seems like forever to sort out. There are others taking the test with me.  It is...

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The Phoenix Myth

The Phoenix Myth

 History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.  Mark Twain Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief...

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Poem by Think in the Morning – Hummingbird

Poem by Think in the Morning – Hummingbird

 Hummingbird?  Is that you?I thought I heardThe beating of your wingsOut on the bough of hollyWhere the Robin sings.You have been to the oceanAnd back. As I can seeFrom the way you bob your headTo and froYou have gathered the flotsam and jetsam of lifeAnd are flitting...

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Poem by Think in the Morning – Sloth

Poem by Think in the Morning – Sloth

 It is a giant slothFrom the Montana wetlandsWhose Siberian ice mask melted.Nothing but another dinosaurResurrected by the enthusiasmOf funny little scientistsCompelled to work. Displayed in the museumMunching along between these giant lobsters and sharksHe looks...

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Short Fiction – The Backpack

Short Fiction – The Backpack

 As he approached the coast he entered into a thick fog that obscured the road ahead.  It was late. There were no other cars on the road. No lights to blind him, no lights to guide him.  There were dangerous curves.  He had to proceed slowly to avoid calamity. After...

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Poem By Think in the Morning – Bird

Poem By Think in the Morning – Bird

 Bird WaitingCan be more dangerousThan faking the answerTo a geometry question. Consider of thoseWho drowned at seaHow many others successfullySkirted the Straits of Magellan. Instant heroes.We will always remember them. But yesterday,While I watched from my windowIn...

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Poem By Think in the Morning:  A Bee

Poem By Think in the Morning: A Bee

 A Bee Bent limbsLaden with fruitMind growingLike a tuberShe sinks and swaysDrunk on the honeyFouled by the last flower’s nectar. Buzzing, sun-bakedSquint eyed and smilingThis eunuch beastMessengers loveBetween petals and matriarch queens. Through reticulate...

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Poem By Think in the Morning: Analytic Geometry

Poem By Think in the Morning: Analytic Geometry

  Analytic Geometry  The symmetry of my lifeCould be a sequence of mirror imagesOf days, weeks, or years,Divided at, say age thirty; But, of course, it couldn’t beBecause the life cycle is well knownTo advance in stagesStill Youth they sayResembles the older ages and...

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