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Skeeter Dillon Lives!

September 17, 2021

Twangy country song lyrics ricocheted off the hospital’s sixth-floor ceiling and bounced up and down the hall. “Tell me you don’t love me no more, darling. Make it hurt so I’ll remember you,” the patient sang at the top of his lungs. Head nurse Tammy Willows rushed to the single room and almost fainted when […]

The Taliban Women’s Society: A Short Story

September 14, 2021

Sliding the folded Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper across a small puddle of spilled beer, bartender and college dropout Mikey Hoyle began his lecture about foreign policy and international politics, topics on which he considered himself well-versed. “Look at this story about Afghan women marching in a pro-Taliban parade in Kabool.” Timmy Kelly shook open the wet […]

Taliban Rock: A Short Story

September 4, 2021

Even with the bar door closed you could hear the bass pounding from the car idling at the stop sign. Mikey Hoyle slammed down his beer glass and snapped his head toward the noise. “You hear that?” Timmy Kelly looked away from the Yankees game on TV. “What?” “That music.” “Oh, yeah, that.” “Taliban music.” […]

A Taste of Home: A Short Story

September 2, 2021

Undercover cop Brandon, whom Mike met at the American Legion, spoke confidently, the way you do when you usually get your own way with or without a warrant. Just making conversation Mike had casually mentioned how unpatriotic it is that Pizza Hut restaurants do business in Hanoi, Vietnam. “Germany’s one of our biggest trading partners,” […]

Kiss Me, I’m Taliban: A Short Story

August 30, 2021

Mullah Mateen sat in an oxblood leather chair at a massive glass-topped desk in former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s office, taking his turn posing for triumphal cell phone photos with other Taliban commanders who took Kabul without even trying.  Don’t smile, he tells himself. Taliban commanders aren’t supposed to smile even though a couple of […]

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