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I wish there were another way to do this. You didn’t have any warning and now I’ve changed your life, just by writing the words you are reading. Your situation won’t get much worse if you read the rest, though, so if you can do so without getting caught, I’ll try to explain. It might […]

Beautification ClawsFrom the Case Files of DragonEye, PI

She stood on my doorstep wearing hot pink shorts and a blouse that looked like an art fair threw up. I almost breathed fire on her just to put her out of my misery. Nothing cures the aftermath of an ethanol binge like dragon-style pyrotechnics. But I played nice. After all, she might have a […]

Green Gro

Administration Debuts Grocery Initiative The Obama administration announced yesterday a series of sweeping regulations intended to improve the bottom lines of grocery stores and ensure the health of all Americans. The reforms are also widely expected to reduce the environmental impact of grocery stores and enhance multicultural awareness. In the wake of last year’s bailout […]

A Soul Restored

Edmund started pushing the boys into as straight a line as he was likely to get. Henry’s crack about West Point made him remember something in a letter he’d gotten about cousin James, who’d been wounded in both legs a couple years ago at a place called Fort Donelson. James was healing up all right […]

A Soul Restored

"We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he has commanded us." — Exodus 8:27 Color Sergeant Edmund Findlay Churchill, Company E, 18th Massachusetts, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps, Army of the Potomac, was wondering why the hell the withdrawal from the battle lines had […]

2038: San Francisco Sojourn: The Wrath of God

I didn’t say much as I drove in the direction of I-80 and Orinda, but as the blocks slipped by I grew more and more angry. "We have laws, you know," I said to him. He didn’t respond and I felt compelled to go on. "Just because we don’t obey all your laws, doesn’t mean […]

2038: San Francisco Sojourn: The Wrath of God

Inside they had a little waiting room with about six chairs and a water cooler. God, if that’s really who he was, and I took a seat. I saw this woman on the other side of the window looking out at us. I got up and went to the water cooler to get some water […]

2038: San Francisco Sojourn: The Wrath of God

I never thought I’d meet God in person. Actually, I never thought much about him. Nobody did anymore, or mostly nobody. But one day it happened. I was driving north on 101 after work, about six PM. I had a date later on at nine with a woman I’d met at a dance a month […]

Free Gershwin

Sully was on a Boy Scout camping trip in New Hampshire the first time he heard Rhapsody in Blue. It was after lights out, although the boys continued to giggle and pass a rubber rat from bag to bag. As they dropped off one by one into sleep, music floated in the rustic window from […]

There Are No Regrets in Skyview Towers

And so the nights passed for Stoney as he wrestled with the possibility that he would have to make a choice between staying on the outside with Merrybelle or returning to Sunshine where, increasingly, he felt he belonged. Each night he fell asleep wanting nothing more than to forget the girl and go home, and […]