True Wealth

"I don't pay you to stand around looking like a fish out of water, you foolish girl. Clear away the tea tray." "Yes, Mrs. Astley." The maid curtsied and scurried out of the room. "Mona, you may go now." "But, Mrs. Astley, I'm not finished." "Oh, you're finished all right. And you call yourself a …

DIY Bob

"Are you sure you know what you're doing, Dear?" "Yes. I do. Stop worrying." "All right. I'll go and finish the ironing and then come back and start dinner. You'll have the problem fixed by then, right?" "Yes." "Are you sure you don't want me to call the plumber?" "Yes, Mildred, I'm sure that I …

The Cad Meets His Match

My affair with Noémie is over. I ended it a week ago. She wanted more than I was willing to give. I'm throwing my annual summer ball. I watch the guests milling about, searching for the woman who will replace Noémie. And there she is standing alone in a very colorful mermaid dress which flatters …

Unrequited

“I feel as if I just drank a bottle of bamboozled.” “What do you mean?” “All this time I thought she loved me but it was all a terrible lie.” “Are you talking about Inga?” He nodded. “I tried to warn you about her.” “Yes, you did.” “But, as usual, you wouldn’t listen.  I don’t …

Judging Jasmine

Jasmine rolled her eyes.  “Really, Mom?  You’re playing that video again.  This is the third time.  How many times are we going to have to listen to the sounds of the alphabet?” “It’s the same video you used to love when you were Bobby’s age.  You couldn’t get enough of it.” “I find that very …

I Want My Life to Be…

I want my life to be the page where the heart speaks words of love.  Love for humanity.  Love for a world in which there is so much suffering and pain and injustice.  I want to do something.  I want to make a difference.   I want to show people that there is hope.  Use me, …

Stumped

“What’s the matter, Eleanor?” “I’m trying to find information on Mind in the Making, you know to find out if it’s an expression or if there's a definition I could use but all I find it some book with that name.  If it weren’t for this book, would there even be such a thing as …

No More Plasma TV

“You have a plasma TV, right?” “Had.  I got rid of it.” “How come?” “Too many issues.” “What sort of issues?” “One issue is the screen reflection.  When I’m watching the News or a movie or a program, I don’t want to see me or the room reflected on the screen.  It’s extremely annoying and …

Not Your Decision

“I must tell her that I love her.” “Why the urgency?” his sister asked. “I’m leaving for Beijing tomorrow and I want to know if I have a reason to stay.” “So, this confession of love is triggered by time,” his brother-in-law concluded. “Yes.” His sister moved away from the window and went and stood …

The Coffin

“What are you doing, Joe?” Daisy asked. “I’m making a coffin.” “A coffin! For whom, pray tell?” “You.” “Me!  Why on earth are you making a coffin for me?" “An inchworm made me do it.” “An inchworm?  Joe, I think you've been having too much of that ghastly port wine.  It’s affecting your brain--what's left …

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