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Scranton Values: A Short Story

April 29, 2021

With flushed faces shimmering beneath a green neon beer sign, their argument started early and finished late, with punches, of course. Violence lurked just under the skin of any disagreement in most Scranton bars. Yet, this infusion of emotion fueled neighborhood lore and the working-class legacy, stories told and retold over the years with each […]

On the Cannabus: A Short Story

April 26, 2021

MOM, Grandpa’s smoking weed again! When did you turn into such a little rat? You told on me when I was making dance videos and was supposed to be studying, Little Brenda said. You’re 16. You’re 70. Yeah, but I’m retired. Your mother has to work, cook, clean and buy groceries. I watch cartoons at […]

Hunter Thompson Compels You

April 21, 2021

Escaping in an ungodly specter of fire and brimstone, the ghost of Hunter Thompson rises from the tomb. The same way the priest in “The Exorcist” (played by my late friend and Scranton native Jason Miller) felt the presence of Beelzebub, I feel the good doctor’s presence and applaud his eternal life because Hunter Thompson […]

Marlene for State Senate

April 14, 2021

Longshots make the best winners. If Marlene Sebastianelli emerges after the May 18 special election as the new Pennsylvania state senator for the 22nd District, voters can finally expect a legitimate champion of the people. Current state Rep. Marty Flynn is the endorsed Democratic Party nominee for the job loyal Democrat John Blake held for […]

Three-Alarm Fired: A Short Story

April 12, 2021

Veteran general assignment reporter Scott Blake awoke to color action news on the big screen television he left on all night. Dancing shadows from the TV flames engulfed the room as he rolled out of bed and stood in a slow yet smooth motion. The editor would likely call soon. Grab your notebook and get […]

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