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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.

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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Keeping Time With Peter Lit

Keeping Time With Peter Lit

 NOTE:  Poets Are Always On Time by Peter Lit is available at Matson Mercantile in Elk, Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, on Amazon/Kindle and directly from the author. Peter and I are old friends. Not close, old.  We both ran bars with live music on the Mendocino coast...

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Short Fiction: Emma Of White Rushes

Short Fiction: Emma Of White Rushes

 1. So, it’s come to this.  I’ve decided to kill myself.  I’ve thought about it many times but I didn’t have a plan.  Now, I’ve got one. I’m here in London on business.  Business, money, life.  I’ve done well with the first two but life?  I’ve been a failure at life. ...

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Short Fiction – The Optimist

Short Fiction – The Optimist

 Charles flipped his iPAD closed and relaxed his head onto the pillow.  He looked over at Scissors.  She was frantically scrolling through her texts.“How did you get the name Scissors?”She rolled her eyes and gave him that look.“An old boyfriend.  He told everyone I...

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Short Fiction – Charlotte Marie (The Snake, A Sequel)

Short Fiction – Charlotte Marie (The Snake, A Sequel)

Before reading this sequel, read Part I Short Fiction - Charlotte Marie Part I Zihuatanejo.  Right out of the movie.  A beach, a boat.  No redemption.  A good place to hide or to live if it comes to that.Things went south for Max Perkins after the election.  Hell hath...

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Short Fiction – Charlotte Marie

Short Fiction – Charlotte Marie

 The stock market rose steadily during the summer. The country was awash with cash.  The economy didn’t want the cash so speculators sopped it up.  A few people became very rich.  Max Perkins was not one of them.Perkins was an ordinary man.  He was not a player...

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Short Fiction – The Barula Ching

Short Fiction – The Barula Ching

 The bar is very narrow.  There are stools to the left alongside the bar as you walk in and one long line of tables with chairs on the right.  At the end a bathroom and a door that leads outside.Randall sits by the back door.  It’s quiet there, a good place to write. ...

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The Last Town On Earth: A Recent Novel on the 1918 Pandemic

The Last Town On Earth: A Recent Novel on the 1918 Pandemic

 It is the autumn of 1918 and a world war and an influenza epidemic rage outside the isolated utopian logging community of Commonwealth, Wash. In an eerily familiar climate of fear, rumor and patriotic hysteria, the town enacts a strict quarantine, posting guards at...

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