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Liberty Island Memorial Day Contest

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have […]

Week Thirty: The Republican Uncle

You can read this series from the beginning here. "So, you guys work together on the Hillary campaign?" he asked. I never figured out if he was Emma’s mother’s brother or Emma’s father’s brother or just who he was. Emma called him "Uncle Jeff," and he had been invited to Easter dinner at Emma’s parents […]

PreTeena April 27-May 3, 2015

April 27, 2015 April 28, 2015 April 29, 2015 April 30, 2015 May 1, 2015 May 2, 2015 May 3, 2015 <– Previous strips *** Next strips –>

Week Twenty-Nine: The Inevitable Yes

You can read this series from the beginning here. "You’re late," Emma said. "Am not," I said. "I’ve been upstairs, talking with Aunt Joan." Aunt Joan, who as I think I have explained before isn’t really my aunt, was best friends with my mother when they were both at grad school at Yale with the […]

Hugo Agonistes: The Cultural Left’s War on Good Fiction

In January of 2013, Larry Correia, author of the series Monster Hunter International, posted a blog post about "How to get Correia nominated for a Hugo." It was a post about ethics within voting for the Hugo Awards for World Science Fiction Society Achievement. It was essentially Correia and a handful of authors versus an […]

The Bear

The picture of Elizabeth with the baby leopard in her lap was probably his favorite. There was such tenderness about the way her hair hung down over the little cat’s whiskers. Mike carried it with him all the time and now, down here, getting ready for the wedding of his niece, he felt good knowing […]

Valley of the Shadow

"There it is," Libby Melton pointed across her husband’s nose. "Honey, I’m driving," Jack protested. "There is what?" "The turnoff to the Gorge." Jack continued to pilot the BMW Z3 up the mountain road toward the lodge. "Uh-huh." "Let’s go there tomorrow." "Ummm….there are better places. That one is pretty rugged." "Oh, come on. We […]

Total Consciousness

I’m the reason David Rodriguez cradles a revolver in his palm when he walks from his suburban driveway to his front door. I’m the reason my co-worker (I would never call him a colleague) finds his silver Civic’s tires slashed in the school parking lot. And I’ll take credit for posting the dean’s address on […]


I smelled the trouble before I found it. The scent of blood drifted in the wind. That breeze was one of the reasons I’d chosen not to run naked. That, and the fact that it didn’t take much sunlight to bake my Scottish skin lobster red. Now the dead fish in front of me made […]

Every Thursday

Michael absently ran his fingers back forth over the table. Half was warm, where the sun had shown on it for the past hour, and the other side was cool, where it was under shadow. Michael would run his hand back and forth across the dividing line between the two over and over as he […]