Real Life Fridays — 1963, defining my place in the world…

“I have a dream” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Ich bin ein Berliner” – John Kennedy “The answer is blowing in the wind” – Peter, Paul and Mary “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” – George Wallace “They have killed my husband. I have his brains in my hand” – Jacqueline Kennedy “You don't catch …

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100 Word Wednesday — Quality vs quantity…

The young boy was impatiently running ahead. Lagging behind him, the elderly couple held hands and constantly stopped to take in the sites. They would read the signs and take pictures and discuss what they each were seeing. Growing frustrated, the boy eventually stopped and turned to them and said, “We need to go faster …

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Real Life Friday – Let’s name him Jerry…

A whisper into my mother’s ear by my fifteen year old brother Lawrence ‘Dean’ and she proclaimed me Jerry Wayne Brotherton. Old English in origin; a diminutive form of Gerald (The Ruling Spear). In 1941, 1.3 percent of the population held the prestigious name. But for some reason, with World War II came the nickname …

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100 Word Wednesday – March

March – Named for the God of War but Loki is your nature. Each year you bring the prospect of spring yet your deceit hides that promise under your cloak of white. I should know better, but you understand how much I need to believe your promises. Beware the ‘Ides of March’; Julius did not …

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100 Words – I’m not a bad person

I’m stuck at the red light on 4th street across from the shelter. I try not to stare at the men shivering in the afternoon rain. Instead, I think about my wife at home with the fragrance of happiness in her hair, my comfortable chair and how good my bed will feel even though its …

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100 word flash fiction – Castaway

She only talked about her family in glimpses. Like she was always balancing on a tightrope between the expected and just chucking it all for the next bus to somewhere else. She tried to paint a picture for me of her small town. All those houses on tree lined streets with children’s faces peering out …

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100 Word Wednesday – Damn War

Damn war It was February 23rd, 1967 when the men in their pressed uniforms with shiny metals and polished shoes knocked on his front door. That’s was when his mother locked herself into her room and cried until she finally gave in and kissed the .22 caliber God; leaving him to fend for himself against …

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The Future of Retail – A 100 Word Story

“Hello Mr. Brotherton, welcome to our store,” has been replaced by “Please make a selection from the following menu.” Instead of feeling the fabric, checking to see how easily it wrinkles and finally taking it to the fitting room. I get, click here to add to your cart. What once was, “That color looks good …

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100 Word Snippet – My First Funeral

  I wondered why people felt the need to express their opinions about his appearance. They strolled by the casket like they were out shopping the fresh produce isle at the market. I watched as a few gathered the bravado to touch a hand; some patted his chest and one old women, I had no …

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