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Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet: A Short Story

October 31, 2021

“You’ll scare the kids, Lester.” “Good.” Five-year-old Lucy, whom both parents spoiled, bolted into the room giggling and wailing at the top of her little lungs as she sang her Halloween melody. “Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat.” “Oh, my God, she’s so cute,” Nora said. Lester put down […]

Boo Who? A Short Story

October 30, 2021

Each first and last name etched in black on each plastic tombstone lit by purple lights on Stewart Pinsky’s Halloween display in his front yard represented a real person who lived on his block. “Not funny, Stewart,” Vera said. “I think it’s hilarious,” he said. “Take them down,” his wife said. “Not on your life,” […]

Eat Your Peas: A Short Story

October 26, 2021

A deluge of fourth-grade tears rolled with the ease of boulders cascading down a mudslide stricken slope – powerful, even deadly, if you knew what was to come. Even the kids in class who refused to cry, and they’re always a few of them, sat frozen in their seats either vowing revenge or simply panic-stricken […]

Bugging Out About Scranton

October 22, 2021

Soaring high above Scranton, Air Force One carrying President Joe Biden looked like a flying piss ant in the sky. Look at the picture of the plane I took Wednesday. Think for a moment about the infestation of publicly funded White House staffers about to land and tell me you don’t feel like bugs are […]

The Weekly Critter: A Short Story

October 13, 2021

Facing what remained of a chafed and grizzled newsroom staff, publisher and editor Ace King stood with hands on hips, a red and black silk club tie neatly knotted around his neck. Starched monogrammed French cuffs on a white shirt protruded about a half inch from the sleeves of an Italian black double-breasted suit with […]

The Outlaw Steve Corbett ink splotch