Apartment Hunting

Although it was Saturday, they agreed to meet in the alley behind his office building. This time Olivia was waiting for him. He smiled as he approached her. They were going to see the few flats from the first listing. He was anxious to see them and hoped that he would find something as soon …

New Shirts & the Step-daughter

"Hello, Gideon." "Hello, Pete. How are Fiona and the kids?" "They're doing well, thanks. How is Ruth?" "She's fine, thanks." "And how are things between you and Chelsey?" Chelsey was George's step-daughter. "They're much better." "Good. I'm happy to hear that. Here to buy more shirts?" "Yes. This the only place in the world where …

Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Siri

"Grandma, why do people call you eerie Siri?" "I guess it's because they think I'm strange." "Strange in what way?" "It think it's because of my right eye." "You can't help that." "I know, Baby but that's how folks are. They get scared when they see something they don't like or don't understand. Don't let …

For What It’s Worth

At the age of thirty, I opened my very own restaurant where mock-tails, tropical fruit juices, non-alcoholic wines, healthy drinks, vegetarian, organic, gluten-free, and kosher dishes are served. It has been a big success. We are open from 6pm and to midnight, Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays. We're not open on Fridays and Saturdays. We …

A Powerful Force

He watched her as she knelt in the pew.  Fortunately the church was empty.  If anyone else had been there, they would have disapproved of the way she was dressed. Personally, he was happy to see her there.  After losing her fiance and son in a horrific boat accident, she had stopped coming to church.  …

Sherry’s Story

I want to tell somebody but who will believe me?  Who will believe that the man who uses me for a punching bag is one of New York's finest?  I'm just a former exotic dancer who had the misfortune of getting hooked up with the wrong man.  I guess I was flattered by the attentions …

Claude’s Story

I'm sitting in the café which I frequently go to because I love their Latte when I can feel that someone is staring at me.  I turn my head and my eyes meet those of a very beautiful African American woman.  As we lock eyes for what seemed like eternity, I debate whether or not …

Sue’s Customers

To passersby, it appeared to be a regular shop but its innocuous façade concealed something far more disreputable. Men lingered at the display of slippers at the front until the owner went out, talked to them and then invited them inside. Once inside, these “customers” were shown into another room where Sue was. Like an …

Bette Nesmith Graham

I remember when I used to use Liquid Paper like paint, smearing it over the mistakes I made making my pages look messy.  I discovered today that it was a woman who invented this wonderful liquid eraser.    Bette Nesmith Graham never imagined that she would be an inventor.  She was a divorced mother, trying to support her young …

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