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Cain’t Do Nothing with Love

Listen to the stories of Cain’t Do Nothing with Love individually below.

You’ll notice each story in the collection is paired with a charity, along with a link to that charity to make a donation if you want. Why charities? A little odd (isn’t that always the case with me?), but for me to be enthusiastic about a project, it needs to include other people. That’s just who I am. So I looked at my stories and identified the complications they portray—cancer, poverty, spouse abuse, a living wage, addiction, etc. I then paired the story with a charity that works to end that particular unhappiness. The stories are free. If you enjoyed them, it’s an opportunity to “pay it forward” by supporting the charity. Hope that makes sense.

You can access the stories several ways, all of which are free:

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Lucky Critters

A lonely young woman reacts to the sudden death of her boyfriend by connecting with his killer.
Winner, 2K2 Award
First appeared in The Peralta Press

      
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To contribute to Mid-South Peace and Justice, a charity working in the areas of collaboration and nonviolence, please visit http://midsouthpeace.org.

Rollerblader for Jesus

A fifth-grader intent on being the smartest girl in her class sees Jesus in her closet; he advises her to “Skate On.”
First appeared in Gulf Coast Literary Journal

      
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To contribute to Memphis School of Servant Leadership, a charity devoted to a journey of intentional Christianity, please visit http://servantleadership-memphis.org.

Ain’t No Commies ‘Round Here

An aging farmer must learn to love his grown-up nephew, even if the young man is a liberal hippie freak.

      
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To contribute to Workers Interfaith Network, a charity faithfully seeking justice with workers, please visit http://workersinterfaithnetwork.org.

Just Now

A confused young woman sorts out her feelings by sitting zen in an Elks Lodge in north Mississippi.
Winner, Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest
First appeared in Memphis Magazine

      
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To contribute to the American Cancer Society, please visit http://cancer.org.

Baby Dog, Peewee Ned, and the Devil’s Naked Butt

Grief over the death of her parents leads a young woman to invite the Devil into her home.
First appeared in Hurricane Review

      
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To contribute to the Door of Hope, a charity dedicated to ending homelessness one door at a time, please follow the link here or visit http://doorofhopememphis.org/.

Drunk at the FoodLand Again

A grocery store stock boy arrives at work late again . . . is he intoxicated or is something else afoot?
First appeared on-line at Southern Hum.

      
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To contribute to Feeding America, a charity devoted to ending hunger, please follow the link here or visit http://feedingamerica.org.

It Does No Good Whatsoever to Stay Bitter

A former addict must decide how to react to her family’s lack of support for her recovery program.

      
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To contribute to the Betty Ford Center, an alcohol and drug treatment center, please follow the link here or visit http://www.bettyfordcenter.org.

Superman at the Manor

The son of a retirement home resident arrives at Happy Hour in his Halloween costume.

      
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To contribute to Church Health Center, a charity providing healthcare for the working uninsured, please follow the link here or visit http://churchhealthcenter.org.

A Trip to the Lawyer

A white college student confused by change turns to an African American lawyer for advice.
First appeared in RedHot ChickLit Review

      
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To contribute to Common Ground, a program of the YWCA devoted to conversations on race & communities in action, please follow the link here or visit http://commongroundmemphis.org.

Gift of the Elephant

In an act of radical hospitality, a man from India offers to repay the kindness of Canton, Mississippi by giving the city an elephant.
Nominated, Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses
First appeared in Eureka Literary Magazine

      
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To contribute to Caritas Village, a charity devoted to creatively joining together people from many diverse backgrounds, please follow the link here or visit http://caritasvillage.org.

Show the Clothes

Can the intervention of a stranger keep a contretemps between a model and a luncheon guest from coming to blows?

      
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To contribute to WKNO 91.1, NPR for the Mid-South, please follow the link here or visit http://wknofm.org. Or donate to your own regional NPR affiliate for its free public radio act of kindness.

Pocketbook Syndrome

A vintage clothing seller must choose between his professional standards and the love of the young man on whom he has an enormous crush. NOTE: ADULT CONTENT
First appeared in New Madrid Review

      
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To contribute to the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, a charity working to build safer places within ourselves and in our community, please follow the link here or visit http://mglcc.org.

Full Moon Walk

A fight at a Beale Street club changes a young
woman’s views on her sister’s childrearing skills.
First appeared in print in Southern Women’s Review

      
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To contribute to The Nature Conservancy, a worldwide charity preserving the lands and waters on which all life depends, please follow the link here or visit http://www.nature.org.

Squiggles the Squirrel

A young boy must quickly grow up to protect his mother from a lover who wears a squirrel costume.

      
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To contribute to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a grassroots nonprofit working to end violence in the lives of women, please follow the link here or visit http://ncadv.org.

The pairing of the named charities with the short stories should in no way be taken to imply endorsement by the charity of the stories or this entire offering. The opinions and artistic statements contained in the stories are my own. Period.

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