Tag: “short story

Jesus Hanging on the Bathroom Wall

In the pouring rain, across a highway divider in an unknown town, I sit at a red light, listening to the rain thump the car. Gone are the jokes about the cheap hotel room that cut the tension while we toured the tiny downtown where trees squared the block and the rotunda stood tall. I fell in love with the sidewalks so straight, but then we left...

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If You’re Coming Late to the Game

The stories are free, because so many of them have already been published in literary journals. To the extent I would be paid for them, I have been. So you get them for free. But. There’s always a but, right? It’s a little but, I promise. Each story is paired with a charity, non-profit, or community organization. After you listen...

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Realistic Writing, Take Two

What is it with this story? Second reader asks, “Did it really happen? I never know with you—you write so realistically.” That’s at least two folks believing that, possibly, when I was showing clothes I’d gotten into fisticuffs with a member of the audience. Do I look like a women ready to throw a roundhouse punch? But...

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The Pairing

Featured nonprofit: Common Ground Its mission: Conversations on race, communities in action How to donate: click on “Charities” above 2nd way to donate: click on “LISTEN” above 3rd way to donate: visit commongroundmemphis.org Thanks for supporting the cause.

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How Can You Write a Short Story Making Fun of Old People in a Retirement Home?

Mother should be grateful for an attentive son, but she’s glowering at me, her pug nose crinkled as if I’ve spilled sticky pickle juice on her kitchen counter. Mother no longer owns a kitchen counter, and I no longer am a child with clumsy mitts attempting to fix a pickle and cheese sandwich. Mother now lives in this lovely retirement home where...

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