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When I heard the news, my fingers automatically dialed her number. I didn’t have time to think about it. If I had, I wouldn’t have called. “Yeah,” she said. She sounded tired. “Our Life Coach killed himself last night,” I said. “Who? Constantine?” “Yes, Constantine. How many life coaches do you know?” “A few actually. […]
When her mother’s mind deteriorated, Martha began making things up. Her mother suffered from Stage Five Alzheimer’s. She was getting worse. Martha had gotten books. She talked with the doctor. Not much was known about the disease. She read the same information again and again. Facts came to her as she rode the bus or […]
His Humour of going a pyrating proceeded from a Disorder in his Mind, . . . occasioned by some Discomforts he found in a married State. –Charles Johnson, A General History of the Pyrates (1724) News travels its own paths. The king, let’s say, signs an edict, ring-laden fingers drawing quill across parchment, it’s bound […]
Miss Lehman had just finished her lunch when Franka Cattiace reported that a bee the size of a ham had swooped down the grounds of Saint Christopher Elementary, lifted Scot Aker by the ear and carried him away for good. The post-recess funk had yet to descend on the children who seemed to vibrate with […]
(Singapore, 1785) The royal ships form a line across the mouth of the harbor, blocking access in and out. The old hotelkeeper, whose only customers are travelers and sailors, shakes his head at the horror of these pirates. Even the whores can squeeze a living out of the local menfolk for as long as this […]