Hard Times

He had no use for people.  As far as he was concerned they were worthless beings.  They were greedy, selfish, heartless, devious, dishonest and treacherous.  They were backbiters and haters.   He once had lots of friends.  That was when he was rolling in money.  Foolishly, he was extravagant with his wealth and his favors.  Whenever …

Gida’s Story

I'm a deaf 35 year old woman with two children.  I'm also HIV positive.  I was raped twice by the same man.  It happened when I was working as a carpenter's assistant. The men used to come up to me and ask for sexual favors.  I rejected them.  At the time, I couldn't communicate using …

Blind Justice

It’s every man’s business to see justice done - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle There are organizations like Equality Now, Women For Women International and V-Day, which are dedicated to protecting the rights of women all over the world.   But long before these much needed organizations existed, there was already a human rights activist who walked …

Farida’s Story

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles - Psalm 34:6, NKJV I was 13 when my parents married me off to a 36 year old rich Arab man.  He was the second man who wanted me to be his wife.  The other man was a neighbor …

Two Praying Women

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” - Luke 18:14 She walked into the sanctuary and straight to the front pew where she stood facing the altar.  With her head …

In Sanaya’s Memory

It was love at first sight for me when I saw her walking towards me.  It was a blind date.  I don't usually go on blind dates, mind you, but for some inexplicable reason, I went on this one and man, was I glad I did. She had to be the most beautiful girl on …

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 …

An Invitation

"So, what are your plans this weekend?" Vihaan asked Leona Friday morning when she was at her desk having a cup of hot chocolate. His question caught her by surprise.  It was the first time since she had been his secretary that he had asked her such a personal question.  She pondered it for a …

The Meeting

She watched Mr. Falconer as he sat there, proud upon the magnificent steed, her heart pounding against her ribs.  Face flushed, she waited with bated breath to see if he would even notice that she was there.  It was by no accident that she was walking through this part of the forest.  She had come …

Good Luck or God

I have heard of Talisman before but couldn't remember what it was until I searched its meaning on the Internet.  It is an object which people believe holds magical properties that bring good luck to the possessor, or that protect the possessor from evil or harm.  It can be wore around the neck or wrist. Jewish amulets were made up …

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