Some of us deal with their own mortality through faith and religion. I respect that, but I prefer to address my own in a more humorous and irreverent way. It's my life after all!
"Regrets? I have a few" sang Frank Sinatra. Well, all of us have regrets of something that should have been and didn't work out as expected, like...love.
This is about the little things we do for the one we love, little things that might seem insignificant, but that most often go a long, long way...
If her courage doesn't force your admiration, then her talent should do the job. Left for dead at age 19, Melody Gardot, now 28 has become one of the most successful jazz singers and songwriters.
What really separates dreams from reality? A question that doesn't always bring a definite satisfying answer. Things get even more complicated when we dream awake!
Some women live a non-conventional life, and this story is one amazing example. English born Susan Travers will become the only woman to officially serve with the French Foreign Legion in World War II
Thank you to Billybuc for creating this writing contest, a courageous endeavor to promote creative writing on Hubpages. Dollhouses is my attempt to win, and I hope fellow hubbers will enjoy the story.
1943 is not the best time to live in Paris. Lack of food, heating fuel, and other indispensable commodities make life very difficult for Parisians. Things will even get worse !
Invaluable advice for the wise shopper ! Welcome to Florida! Hmmm! Let me think about this one for a minute here...Is that what they call a tourist trap? Nobody's perfect! Someone's trash is somebody else's treasure! It's all about common sense...
We all have opinions, and we'll fight hard for our point of view to prevail. But in the end, do we have what it takes to be a great debater?
Who is she, where is she, what does she look like, is she sweet? Only time knows the answer!
Christmas that year was not at all the way I envisioned it. But isn't that the story of our lives. We make plans, we expect things, but in the end life decides what's in store for you. Sometimes it's bad, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's just plain wonderful...
Upon his return to Paris, Bertrand gets reunited with Audrey for long awaited explanations. Who will get the guy in the end?
Regretfully, Bertrand and Chantal are heading home after a business trip to London together.
The big fashion show, the highlight of the trip for Chantall and Bertrand, is coming up and everyone is getting a little nervous in anticipation.
Am I the only one to miss the happier times when I still believed in Santa Claus?
It seems like a truce has been established between Chantal and Bertrand as they get to enjoy an extensive visit of London shortly before Christmas
London is quite a fascinating city to visit, especially around Christmas time. Will Chantal and Bertrand overcome their differences and enjoy the experience in a civil way ?
Bittersweet words keep flying between two co-workers forced to travel together because of an airline strike.
It wasn't love at first sight for Chantal and Bertrand. Not remotely close actually. But it seems that with time, they learn to tolerate each other
The situation between two co-workers traveling together is not improving with the distance covered. And they're only on their first day together out of of nine!
Doing someone else a favor can lead to unforeseeable consequences, as the young character in this story finds out during his business trip.
My mind is just like my dog! If I let I wander, I'm not really sure where it'll take me. With the elections behind and the Christmas spirit building up around us, I felt like writing a Christmas related story with a funny uplifting side.I hope you'll enjoy it
My mind is just like my dog! If I let it wander, I'm not really sure where it'll take me. With the elections behind and the Christmas spirit building up around us, I felt like writing a Christmas related story with a hopefully funny, uplifting side.I hope you'll enjoy it
During 1940 and 1945, under German occupation, France was the theater of countless acts of valor by ordinary individuals, putting their life on the line for the safety and well being of others. Learn the story of one of them
People residing in Paris are called Parisians. But under this general term, there can be a number of nuances, especially during wartime. This exclusive document will provide a detailed account of who was who in Paris during World War II.
Travel to another country alone at the tender age of fifteen can be quite a memorable adventure to be remembered forever.
1942 was another very difficult year for Parisians, and more misery was to descend on people of different faiths, and different origins.
The year 1941 will prove to be a very difficult one, in many ways, for the people of Paris, France, under the occupation by the German army
More adventures for a teenager on his way from France to England riding his small motorbike as he makes progress along the way
Being young often means you can't be trusted. But not for this teenager whose parents embrace his dream
Lack of money is no obstacle to a creative and determined teenager willing to pursue his dream. Especially when he gets unexpected help from his father.
We all want to discover the world when we are young. Sometimes far away from home, sometimes close enough, which doesn't necessarily make things easier...
For those fortunate enough to have experienced it, a mother's love never quite fades away.
Isn't there someone, somewhere in your past you never forgot about and wish you could see again ? You certainly are not alone !
His investigation over, it's time for Detective Capella to move on. In the last installment of this story, more than one character will face unexpected surprises
As night falls, the dust settles in Paradise Pines, Florida. Deiective Capella gets a well deserved break while the runaway Pastor keeps running further away
In the evening, everyone goes home. Some to happiness, some to more trouble. Some others go out and just have a good time.
So, you think you know your teenagers well ? So did Cynthia, but she was up for the shock of her life...
As detective Stephen Capella continues his investigation, everything starts to make some kind of sense. Or is it only an impression ?Follow him around and find out.
The whole big mess starts to make some kind of sense. Or does it? Follow Detective Capella as the plot unfolds itself !
Detective Capella finally uncovers some important potential evidence in the course of his current investigation. However, dealing with women is not his forte. But he's working on it...
Whatever your favorite tree is, it is at risk of being knocked down. As I don't really hug trees, I dedicate this poem to them
As he continues his investigation of two missing twin sisters, Detective Capella becomes a little more cranky. Come to think of it, nobody is having a good day...
Here's a story about what you shouldn't do. But I did it anyway and was lucky enough to tell the tale. Do the right thing : see your doctor when the time comes !
Breaking up is hard to do sang Neil Sedaka ! What happens after the breakup itself is not always rosy either !
Stephen Capella's investigation of a possible double kidnapping is not going as well as he'd like to. Needless to say, the last thing he needed was for a journalist to nose about !
Detective Capella is developing an attitude as his workday unfolds. But then again, so is everybody else, it seems...
Love comes. Love goes. Love hurts. Sometimes for a long time...
As he conducts his investigation regarding two missing twin girls, Detective Capella begins to smell a rat. And as he always says himself :"If I smell a rat, there is a rat".
More adventures for Antoine, Belinda and Reglisse the dog.
A large amount of cash is missing. So are two eighteen years old twin sisters. What's going on at the Paradise Pines Church of God ?
A mostly pictorial account of the invasion and occupation of Paris by German military forces in 1940.
Someone who loves dogs can't be all bad, I've been told. Whether it's tue or not, I'd like to intoduce to you my girl Brittany.
One person alone can change a lot of things. But when two men who don't even know each other and live thousands of miles apart team up, they can pull a miracle.
Littré Dictionnary edition 1889 LPLT / Wikimedia Commons I started writing short stories and other inconsistancies some twelve years ago. I wanted to write for the longest time, but like everyone else, I had to put my ducks in a row. The...
As Christmas eve nears, Antoine and Belinda, along with the dog Reglisse, try to keep some normality into their lives . It's not easy...
Can the first two lines from the lyrics of a song inspire a story? Let's find out...
Aria, my young daughter, was so disappointed when her school's field trip was cancelled. I surprised her with a replacement trip she didn't see coming...
It's called the age of innocence, but one day, we are no longer children...
Did you ever dream that the most gorgeous woman ever was sitting across from you ? Well, it happened to me...
The situation gets so grave that Antoine gets the law involved in order to help Belinda.What a way to spend Christmas eve's day !
A libertine short divertissement, hopefully humorous, An invitation not to take anything in life too seriously !
A lot of us have been faced with the prospect of becoming a grand parent for the first time. Anticipation and impatience are the words of the day. Worries too, as a blood related newborn is about to come into a not so friendly world.
Belinda finally confides to Antoine and he's up for a serious shock to the system. But his natural loyalty to Belinda will prevail
Antoine endeavors to find out what happened to Belinda. She is reluctant to tell, but he is starting to get some clues.
Where Antoine spills his guts, Belinda enters his world uninvinted , and Reglisse remains the coolest dog ever
Antoine and his dog Reglisse are about to get their world rocked in a way they couldn't have anticipated When Belinda enters the picture
What is love ? What is lust ? Do they ever intertwine to a point where it is no longer possible to clearly discern one from the other ?That's what Antoine is painfully trying to figure out. Follow him along his journey of discovery as this story unfolds
"Evening landscape",by Karl Heffner (1849-1925) Public Domain Lunch was quite an enjoyable experience for the whole group. Once it was over, everybody separated to do various activities. Vinnie went on a boat ride with the twin boys and the dogs....
The twin boys had made instant friends with the dogs, and after asking permission from their parents, the whole menagerie disappeared outside to play. Virgil couldn't get over his meeting Maria-Helena, and he kept looking at her from the corner of...
The next time Virgil woke up in the hospital, a male voice was adressing him : - "Hello there, Virgil, how goes it ?" A tall man was standing in front of his bed, looking at his medical chart. - "I think I'm doing better, thank you". - "I'm...
Warning :The character depicted in this story is deeply flawed and mostly clueless, so he has to be real. Any similarity with an existing person is absolutely not a coincidence. The names of the locations have not been changed in order to protect...
Every time he drove down that particular road, Route 60 West, the dogs would wake up simutaneously about a quarter of a mile before Virgil got to the dirt road on which he would make a right turn. He never knew what made them do that but it worked...
The sniper, who had probably momentarily fired upon other targets, brought his attention back to the command vehicle under which Virgil was somewhat sheltered from his fire. But Carmen was not ! The first bullet hit her in the middle of the back,...
If you had only one choice, would you prefer : 1 - Intelligence or 2 - Common sense As for myself, after careful considerations, I think I would go for common sense. Being smart is definitely a good thing, but it can be a little abstract. I...
About half way through the trip, Virgil stopped the truck in a wooded area, allowing the dogs to go pee, as he did himself alongside the road. The sun was now fairly high in the sky and the clouds were gone, a beautiful day indeed ! Virgil verified...
Virgil, freshly returned from two tours of duty in Irak, like so many of his buddies, brought back some demons with him. How he will deal with them is the theme of this 7- part short story.
War doesn't determine who wins or looses, but who's left, someone said. Following this idea, I devised this non complacent poetic interpretation.
A short poem about the early impressions experienced after meeting someone bound to take an important place in someone's life and heart . From a man's perspective...
Can the power of nature be a match for the force of our feelings for someone. In this poetic approach, I tried to use one to illustrate the other. Did I succeed ?
Look around, watch out ! When you're not paying attention, someone beautiful might sneak into your world and mesmerize you !
When least expected, on an ordinary day, anyone's mind can be blown away by the physical appearance of his/her partner. I took the liberty of writing it down...
We know she or he is out there somewhere. This elusive, mostly imaginary partner and lover that we all want to be real. In order to find her, I spoke to her. Will she ever show ?
The power of words ! Their meaning !The way we can play with them. The way we can please or inflict pain with them. Everything in life is about the words.
How much writing does it take to become a internationally recognized successful author ? In some cases, much less than one might think. Please read the fascinating tale of Alain Fournier...
With the right person, you can be anywhere in the world. even in a place where it appears there's not much to do.
Men are supposed to be strong. physically and emotionally. But, on occasion, they will bump into that special one who will make that power irrelevant and they will surrender it...
A poetic but lucid man's perspective about the unforeseeable long term effects of abortion. This is not a stance against or for abortion, far from it, it is meant to be viewed only as a testimony. Is it thought provoking ? You tell me !
What can be perceived originally as the perfect love story can also be put to death by the influence of outside people and unrelated beliefs. This is what this poem is about !
Someone defined dancing as "three minutes lovemaking with an unknown partner", which is, of course, way exagerated. But then again, there might be some elements of truth to it. Please keep reading !