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  • A Darker Shade of Pale, a Short Story
    10

    A Darker Shade of Pale, a Short Story

    15 months ago

  • Old Dogs And Children And An Evil, Evil Clown-A Short Story
    2

    Old Dogs And Children And An Evil, Evil Clown-A Short Story

    22 months ago

    Here's a longer short story I've been working on since the clown sightings garnered so much news in the Carolinas.

  • So All The World's A Stage? A Short Story
    10

    So All The World's A Stage? A Short Story

    5 months ago

    I swear I wasn't drinking or smoking when I wrote this!

  • The Raleigh Brothers, A Roland Short Story
    10

    The Raleigh Brothers, A Roland Short Story

    2 years ago

    Roland is back! This time on the trail of a couple of brothers, wanted-dead or alive.

  • Roland, A Short Story
    10

    Roland, A Short Story

    2 years ago

    My first Western short story. A great big tip of the Stetson to Jason Whitman for allowing me to use his excellent photo. Jason Whitman Photography

  • Three Months, A Short Story
    3

    Three Months, A Short Story

    2 years ago

    Well, I lost a Superbowl bet to Bill Henderson so here's the story I promised. If you don't like it blame the Bronco's defense. I do!

  • The Truck, a Christmas Short Story
    15

    The Truck, a Christmas Short Story

    2 years ago

    "You better leave that old truck alone, you're going to get hurt fooling with it." Reggie Stamply remembered that his father said that to him Christmas Eve twenty-five years ago when he showed up with his tools and a big can of WD-40. He refused...

  • Seventeen Plus Four, A Short Story
    9

    Seventeen Plus Four, A Short Story

    2 years ago

    I don't always write fan fiction, but when I do I like to think it's justified.

  • Loofah, a Short Story
    7

    Loofah, a Short Story

    3 years ago

    Remember that scene in Dr. No where a tarantula crawls over 007's shoulder and then is summarily dispatched by one of a pair of extremely expensive Italian loafers? Hold that thought... At the place we rent at Sunset Beach there has...

  • Lone Wolf, A Fourth of July Short Story
    4

    Lone Wolf, A Fourth of July Short Story

    2 years ago

    Retired Police Captain, Bob Lewis, faces a terrorist at the mall ...

  • Writing Evan's Story
    4

    Writing Evan's Story

    3 years ago

    Well, now I've gone and done it! A couple of weeks ago, on a whim, I sent one of my latest stories to my local paper as a writing sample for a freelance gig they had advertised. Yesterday, I couldn't spell journalist, today I am one. Sort of... ...

  • Many Worlds, A Short Story
    7

    Many Worlds, A Short Story

    3 years ago

    What to do when you just can't get that tune out of your head? Inspiration for this story came from the latest Tracy Walton CD. I shortened the title from his song "Many Worlds Collide".

  • Doity, A Short Story
    7

    Doity, A Short Story

    3 years ago

    True story, happened Thursday.

  • Christmas 2014, A Short Police Story
    9

    Christmas 2014, A Short Police Story

    3 years ago

    It's not always what they do, it's what they might have to do-or choose to do.

  • Abbi Whitcloud, A Short Story
    5

    Abbi Whitcloud, A Short Story

    3 years ago

    Abbi Whitcloud wants to get her dog back from her ex-mamager and P.I. JJ Justice is just the man to help her get it, or is he?

  • Another Man's Boots, A  Short Story
    11

    Another Man's Boots, A Short Story

    4 years ago

    What do you say to a man who is about to take a long walk on a short pier?

  • An eBay Auction for Jana's Kids Charity
    0

    An eBay Auction for Jana's Kids Charity

    4 years ago

    I try my hand at selling something on eBay to benefit my favorite charity.

  • Craig Johnson's Longmire
    2

    Craig Johnson's Longmire

    4 years ago

    If you've never heard of the Craig Johnson Longmire books and television series, you've got a treat in store.

  • Target, Part Four
    6

    Target, Part Four

    5 years ago

    Bob, the retired cop who sometimes sees the future on various electronic devices, sets out on a road trip and makes a life saving stop along the way.

  • Charly Lowry and Dark Water Rising, A New Fan's Impressions
    3

    Charly Lowry and Dark Water Rising, A New Fan's Impressions

    5 years ago

    During a recent trip to Pembroke, N.C. I heard the band Dark Water Rising, met a couple of it's members, and became an instant fan.

  • What Could Superman Learn From The Lone Ranger?
    10

    What Could Superman Learn From The Lone Ranger?

    5 years ago

    A few quick thoughts comparing Man of Steel and The Lone Ranger movies.

  • The Look,  For Father's Day
    10

    The Look, For Father's Day

    5 years ago

    A sentimental look back... This is the first "hub" I wrote circa 1998 for our local paper. It's stood the test of time pretty well, I think.

  • If I Ever Get Away, My Review of Tracy Walton's New Album
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    If I Ever Get Away, My Review of Tracy Walton's New Album

    5 years ago

    Here's my thoughts on a brand new album by singer/song writer Tracy Walton. Two videos and links to purchase included at no extra cost!

  • Target,  Part Three
    4

    Target, Part Three

    3 years ago

    Retired police Captain Bob Lewis and Dr. Janson face a crazy man at the Carolina Place Mall.

  • Target, Part Two
    6

    Target, Part Two

    4 years ago

    Our retired officer from Part One returns for some soul searching...

  • Target, A Short Story
    16

    Target, A Short Story

    5 years ago

    An improbable revelation challenges a nameless retired police officer

  • The Predators, Part 3 Carolina Requiem
    9

    The Predators, Part 3 Carolina Requiem

    5 years ago

    Third and final episode in The Predators series of short stories finds our "bum" captured by the very animals he's been hunting. Parts 1 and 2 are linked at the bottom.

  • My  Last Bike A 2010 Triumph Thunderbird
    4

    My Last Bike A 2010 Triumph Thunderbird

    5 years ago

    What the heck was I thinking?" I asked myself that question for the last time as Danny backed my 2010 black Triumph Thunderbird onto the ramp and started lowering it to the ground on a cold December night about 11:30. Let's start at the beginning......

  • Predators, Part 2 Caught In A Trap
    4

    Predators, Part 2 Caught In A Trap

    5 years ago

    The unnamed "bum" from Predators, A Short Story returns to continue his quest for vengeance in the second part of this series.

  • Predators, A Short Story
    17

    Predators, A Short Story

    5 years ago

    An unnamed man on a mission to find justice, vengeance, or maybe just a little peace...

  • Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Me
    10

    Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Me

    6 years ago

    This hub's for me. If you're reading it, then I felt compelled to publish it. But really, I just needed to write, to ramble. Sunday night I finished a book I enjoyed very much. I found it at the Hospice Resale Store in beautiful downtown Lancaster...

  • Brand New Again, A J.J. Justice Short Story
    13

    Brand New Again, A J.J. Justice Short Story

    5 years ago

    Here's a short story inspired by the title cut from Tracy Walton's debut solo album. Brand New Again. Private detective JJ JUstice and his friend Steve Eaglefeather are back and things are heating up on the Grand Strand of South Carolina!

  • Brand New Again, Tracy Walton Interview and Review
    0

    Brand New Again, Tracy Walton Interview and Review

    6 years ago

    Tracy Walton’s “Brand New Again” is a great collection of songs that are unlike anything I’ve heard lately, and yet they are pleasantly familiar. There is a timeless quality to them. The more I listen to this music, the more I am impressed....

  • Jana Mashonee, The Interview
    6

    Jana Mashonee, The Interview

    6 years ago

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to talk to one of your favorite celebrities? What if you could sit and chat with Stephen King over a cup of coffee or spend a little time with Clint Eastwood? If you could shoot the breeze with Sandra...

  • Dooop
    21

    Dooop

    6 years ago

    "That SOB is going to kill me one day," my father said that more than once. I began calling him Pop at some point after I moved out and got married. I think he liked it. Pop didn't get along with his pulmonologist, and he argued with him about...

  • 19

    "Stay With Me Baby" Jana Mashonee, A Review

    6 years ago

    Jana Mashonee has released a new single, "Stay With Me Baby". The song, written by Jerry Ragovoy and originally recorded by Lorraine Ellison in 1966, has been covered by several talented singers. Jana has put her own unique spin on it while...

  • December 24, 1976 A Short Story
    19

    December 24, 1976 A Short Story

    6 years ago

    Detective Carl Hardin sat at his desk typing a supplemental report about two o'clock on Christmas Eve, 1976 while Elvis declared that he would be home for Christmas on a small radio behind him. Hardin was the duty detective at the Lancaster Police...

  • 13

    "Stacks!', A Short Story

    6 years ago

    It was a hot June afternoon in 1976 and the Captain of the Patrol Division, Jim Strickland, called a couple of guys in off the shift in to serve a fugitive warrant that had been sworn out by Detective Hardin. Terrance "Terry" Stacks was wanted on a...

  • Maddie And Mark Meet Lauren Alaina At The Southern Christmas Show
    4

    Maddie And Mark Meet Lauren Alaina At The Southern Christmas Show

    6 years ago

    My step-son Mark has a touchy stomach, much like his brothers and when it gets out of whack things tend to get ugly. Tuesday we arrived at the Southern Christmas Show (or as I like to call it Extreme Waterboarding) about 10 in the morning ready to...

  • Encounter On Catawba Street, A Short Story
    4

    Encounter On Catawba Street, A Short Story

    6 years ago

    Early one Friday night in October 1976, Detective Sergeant Carl Hardin drove his three year old Corvette through the streets of small town Lancaster, S. C. He was hoping for some sort of exciting call to come over his police walkie talkie. Single...

  • Screen Test, A Short Story
    22

    Screen Test, A Short Story

    6 years ago

    It was a late night in early November 1975 and Sgt. Jim Brockman was driving the patrol car through downtown Lancaster, S. C. when the call came in. Domestic calls are the most dangerous calls cops handle. This one came from a trailer park nestled...

  • Pump Number One, A Short Story
    19

    Pump Number One, A Short Story

    6 years ago

    James L. Bogan slid his debit card through the slot, punched in his PIN number, chose his grade of gas and set the trigger on the handle to fill the tank on his well worn Honda. Then he glanced around the lot at other cars, other drivers, and...

  • Be Careful What You Wish For, A Short Children's Story For Maddie
    23

    Be Careful What You Wish For, A Short Children's Story For Maddie

    6 years ago

    Once upon a time there was a little girl named Maddie. Maddie was eight years old and would soon be nine. Everyone who knew her thought she was the cutest thing. Her Mom took her shopping and her Daddy took her hunting and fishing. She had tons of...

  • Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers
    8

    Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers

    6 years ago

    I grew up on Roy Rogers, Dale Evans,Trigger, Buttermilk and Bullet. As I got older I was aware that Roy and Dale adopted many children and somehow I thought that they had no biological children. Then I stumbled upon an excellent hub by SusieQ42 and...

  • Caldwell, A Police Story
    20

    Caldwell, A Police Story

    6 years ago

    The white 1971 Ford LTD had the 429 cubic inch four barreled Police Interceptor engine, the beefed up suspension and the heavy duty brakes. What the three year old car lacked was enough room in the front seat for Sgt. Bill Putnam's gigantic stomach....

  • Stories From The Lancaster Police Department, Fun At The LPD
    16

    Stories From The Lancaster Police Department, Fun At The LPD

    6 years ago

    When I went to work on the street at the Lancaster Police Department Sgt. J (not his real name) had been there for years. I worked under him in Patrol and with him in the Detective Division later. He was a huge black man and one of the stories I...

  • Stories From The Lancaster Police Department, Three From The Night Shift
    20

    Stories From The Lancaster Police Department, Three From The Night Shift

    6 years ago

    "See the woman, corner of Woodland and White reference 10-50," the voice from the dispatcher broke the silence just before dawn one foggy mid seventies Lancaster, S. C. morning. Okay, our dispatchers didn't talk that way. I've been reading Joseph...

  • White Buffalo, A Short Story
    20

    White Buffalo, A Short Story

    2 years ago

    The ride from Sunset Beach to Pembroke, North Carolina is two hours. We were half way there and I had asked Steve Eaglefeather the same question five times before. "So I'm going to meet Jana Mashonee?" "Don't know," Steve said. "Didn't know the...

  • Harley Davidson, Triumph or None of the Above?
    13

    Harley Davidson, Triumph or None of the Above?

    7 years ago

    Almost one year ago, I wrote a hub titled Last Ride about selling my last motorcycle. I had taken a logical look at my age, my responsibilities and my waning interest in bikes and decided I was done. So why did I find myself one day last week at the...

  • Steve Eaglefeather, An Introduction
    18

    Steve Eaglefeather, An Introduction

    6 years ago

    "Don't you think it's time to call in your buddy?" Tina asked. She stood in my doorway with her hands on her hips and waited. "Not much for him to do right now, plus we don't have a client," I finished the report I was working on and saved it to...

  • Quiet Thoughts
    22

    Quiet Thoughts

    7 years ago

    I handed the white Dockers to the guy behind the counter and told him the sale on the Sonny Crockett pants was just too good to pass up. His professional smile was more of a smirk and he asked if I had special plans for Father's Day. "In fact, I...

  • A Jana Mashonee Playlist For Peace, Tranquility, And Understanding
    12

    A Jana Mashonee Playlist For Peace, Tranquility, And Understanding

    7 years ago

    Mark gave me Jana Mashonee's Flash Of A Firefly and this poster for my birthday. I listened to the CD on my drive out early the next morning to sit with my Mom. We had gotten some bad news from Mom's chemo doctor the day before. Later, I sat in...

  • 8

    "Ace Atkins Can Write."

    7 years ago

    Ace Atkins recently got a dream gig: writing the next Robert B. Parker's Spenser novel. When this was announced, I began to investigate Mr. Atkins' talent by getting a free sample of Dirty South on my iPad. After reading the first few pages, I...

  • Jana's Kids Foundation, Jana Mashonee
    8

    Jana's Kids Foundation, Jana Mashonee

    6 years ago

    I got a personal note from Jana Mashonee about her foundation for Native American youth the other day. A personal note from Jana? Well, actually, I got a notification along with over ten thousand others folks on my Facebook page about a new web site...

  • Cell Phones and the C. B. I.
    12

    Cell Phones and the C. B. I.

    7 years ago

    How did we get so addicted to cell phones and how did we survive before everybody had one? I am sitting naked in an Arby's fast food place typing this hub on an iPad. Well, I'm not really naked. I just don't have my trusty cell phone and I...

  • A Sacrifice Rememered
    15

    A Sacrifice Rememered

    6 years ago

    On July 3, 1937, thirty-nine year old Lancaster police officer Benjamin Franklin Sowell slipped quietly out of the home he had built at the corner of Barr and Catawba Streets. The time was probably about 11:30 p.m. Sowell had most likely looked in...

  • Zahra Clare Baker Justice or Vengeance
    7

    Zahra Clare Baker Justice or Vengeance

    7 years ago

    Elisa Baker was charged with second degree murder in the death of her step-daughter on February 21, 2011. Charlotte Observer's Tommy Tomlinson wrote a great article about justice in Zarha Baker's case which I include in a link below. Like everyone...

  • This Bird Flew Away Book Review
    10

    This Bird Flew Away Book Review

    7 years ago

    Lynda M. Martin. Those of you who follow her here on hub pages know her as Immartin; a generous teacher, writing coach and advocate of abused children. She is also an author and just published This Bird Flew Away, the first of a trilogy of novels...

  • Maddie's Got Game
    10

    Maddie's Got Game

    7 years ago

    "Pop, we are going to play five quarters tonight," Maddie, my eight year old granddaughter, said. I had just picked her up at school and asked about the time her church league game would start. "Why would you play five quarters," I asked."It's...

  • American Indian Story, The Adventures of Sha'kona- A Book Review
    19

    American Indian Story, The Adventures of Sha'kona- A Book Review

    7 years ago

    When Stephan Galfas signed my copy of American Indian Story, The Adventures of Sha'kona he wrote above his signature in all caps: "ENJOY THE ADVENTURE." I did. American Indian Story is the first in what I assume (hope) will become a series...

  • Jana Mashonee, Live In Concert
    11

    Jana Mashonee, Live In Concert

    7 years ago

    January was a big month for me. The seventh was my 28th wedding anniversary, the next day was Elvis' birthday and the twentieth I saw Jana Mashonee live in concert. The Givens Preforming Arts Center at UNC-Pembroke is a 1600 seat auditorium...

  • The Night the Klan Ran, A Short Story
    11

    The Night the Klan Ran, A Short Story

    6 years ago

    "An Indian on an Indian," the Sheriff of Lancaster County, SC said softly as Chief John Bear gunned the engine, switched the bike off and leaned it over on it's stand in back of the Sheriffs Office. It was an unseasonably mild afternoon in mid...

  • Seven Days In December
    8

    Seven Days In December

    7 years ago

    I park my car in line at my granddaughter's school one hour before time to pick her up, walk past the K-mart to Arby's and sit to drink coffee and wait. I have never been late to pick her up since that one time when Maddie cried. Last Monday...

  • Jana Mashonee, American Indian Christmas
    18

    Jana Mashonee, American Indian Christmas

    6 years ago

    I have been following the career and music of Jana Mashonee for about a year and a half. (Some call it stalking, but there you go.) American Indian Christmas was the second of her CDs I bought and I just about wore it out last December. Well, even...

  • My Aunt Bootsie
    8

    My Aunt Bootsie

    7 years ago

    What do I say about Aunt Bootsie? First, I suppose is the fact that she was not biologically my aunt. She was my mothers aunt but all the Sowells have called her Aunt Bootsie for as long as I can remember. Bootsie was one of those generational...

  • Stories From The Lancaster Police Department, The L. L. Lower Years
    19

    Stories From The Lancaster Police Department, The L. L. Lower Years

    6 years ago

    Here’s a speed loader full of stories from my early days at the Lancaster Police Department and the time spent with my favorite Police Chief, Larry L .Lower. Sometime in March or April of 1972 I applied for a job at the LPD. I was working as a...

  • Why I Write on Hubpages and the Power of Facebook
    9

    Why I Write on Hubpages and the Power of Facebook

    7 years ago

      What’s the point of my writing articles on Hubpages, for the local paper, or the rough draft of a novella? I think I finally know.   I want to touch people. I want to have someone, somewhere, for some reason enjoy my efforts. I want that...

  • What Happened to Zahra Clare Baker?
    19

    What Happened to Zahra Clare Baker?

    7 years ago

    If you’re looking for answers, you came to the wrong place. I often feel compelled to write a hub about a particular thing, but never quite like this. It’s Friday night and I'm sitting at Carolina Place Mall in the children’s play area...

  • Jana Mashonee's CD New Moon Born is Music I Can Listen to While I Write
    18

    Jana Mashonee's CD New Moon Born is Music I Can Listen to While I Write

    7 years ago

    I’ve read a bit on Hubpages about people’s writing habits and how some people listen to music when they sit a their computers to create. I could never do that, until this afternoon. At some point in my internet ramblings I came across...

  • Sunset Beach, North Carolina The Ultimate Family Vacation Destination
    14

    Sunset Beach, North Carolina The Ultimate Family Vacation Destination

    7 years ago

    Mark Greene at the Swinging Bridge circa 1988 or so! Sunset Beach is special because of people. The people who vacation there, who own businesses there and the people who sent us there. I will always credit the late Judge Robert M. Doster with...

  • The First Annual Reunion of The Lancaster Police Department
    13

    The First Annual Reunion of The Lancaster Police Department

    7 years ago

    This hub is about a reunion, and not one of those lame “wish I didn’t have to go” high school reunions but a reunion of the few who served back in the day when revolvers were the normal side arm, phasers (tasers) were on Star Trek and...

  • Tommy Tomlinson at Weatherscreek Writer's Seminar
    8

    Tommy Tomlinson at Weatherscreek Writer's Seminar

    7 years ago

    The first thing Tommy Tomlinson told us when he started his "Opening the Vein" seminar Saturday was that we could all consider ourselves writers. Most of us would have disagreed with him on principle, except that because we’re Southerners we were...

  • Last Ride
    13

    Last Ride

    8 years ago

    It is seven-tenths of a mile from the nearest gas station to my home. Last ride. In December of 2008 I sold my Honda Valkyrie. I had decided that I needed a lot less motorcycle and drove to Fayetteville, NC to pick up its replacement, a 05 Triumph...

  • Toby Protects the Tomato Patch, Sort Of
    13

    Toby Protects the Tomato Patch, Sort Of

    8 years ago

    I captured this video Monday about three in the afternoon. Watch that mean dog terrorize poor little Bambi. I live inside the city limits of Lancaster, SC which is a town of less than ten thousand people. We are a small town but we are a town:...

  • Trouble in Toby Land, The Beagle Chronicles
    10

    Trouble in Toby Land, The Beagle Chronicles

    8 years ago

    Last friday afternoon I noticed that Toby was staying in his dog house when he would have normally been totally underfoot. I counted my blessings and decided to cover up the latest hole he had dug in a flower bed next to the carport. Having heard...

  • Memories of the Lancaster County Courthouse
    14

    Memories of the Lancaster County Courthouse

    8 years ago

    A Grand Jury in South Carolina is just about as useful as tits on a bore hog but I had a special case that day that I thought would wake up that sleepy little bunch. I shifted the indictments so that this particular case would come last behind all...

  • Robert B.  Parker
    13

    Robert B. Parker

    7 years ago

    “You’re Spenser, aren’t you?’ she asked. I said I was and then she asked me my first name and I told her. She repeated it, smiled and sipped some of her white wine. I was at the house in Cambridge with Susan who stood with Hawk on the...

  • Book Review Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
    6

    Book Review Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

    8 years ago

    A few months ago I reviewed Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick. I just finished the next book in the series, Sweetheart. This novel continues the story of Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell but it is so much more..... It is more intense. All the...

  • The First Rule by Robert Crais A Fan's Book Review
    9

    The First Rule by Robert Crais A Fan's Book Review

    8 years ago

    The First Rule by Robert Crais just came out. I shot through it like a pale yellow ‘66 Corvette convertible on a deserted highway in the Hollywood Hills. This is the 13th novel in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series and it was excellent. The book...

  • Remembering The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
    12

    Remembering The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

    6 years ago

    In 1964 I was 13 years old. I don't remember all that much about my life way back then but I remember a few TV shows that influenced me. One of them was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Ian Fleming had created the iconic James Bond and Hollywood had made...

  • Happy 75th, Elvis Wherever You Are
    24

    Happy 75th, Elvis Wherever You Are

    8 years ago

    One night in January of 1974 Lt. Bill Driggers stopped in to shoot the breeze with me while I manned the desk at the Lancaster Police Department. He was not only a great cop but was also the kind of guy who should have been on a stage. He was one...

  • Mom,This Hub's For You
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    Mom,This Hub's For You

    7 years ago

    The first father’s day after my Dad died I wrote a guest column for the local newspaper that was quite good, if I do say so myself. People who did not even know my father cried. My Mom was proud of it but has told me more that once she wants me to...

  • Mark Greene-An Inspiration To Me
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    Mark Greene-An Inspiration To Me

    5 years ago

    Mark was on the cover of this brochure for Special Olympics sometime in the early 80's. Four year old Mark Greene never cried about going to the sitters until that day in 1978. His Mom remembers him crying and saying he did not want to go, but she...

  • Under the Dome,Under the Influence of Stephen King and a Beagle Named Toby
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    Under the Dome,Under the Influence of Stephen King and a Beagle Named Toby

    8 years ago

    I have not written a hub since November 17th! There are several reasons but one I find troubling: Stephen King. He is one of my favorite authors. When I found he had published a new book I rushed out to get it. Under the Dome is a huge novel. It...

  • How to Get Constructive Criticism on Your Writing
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    How to Get Constructive Criticism on Your Writing

    8 years ago

    I like to read hubs on writing. In fact, I desperately need to read hubs on writing so that I can improve and I am just barely smart enough to know that. I was reading one a while back by Michael Ray King and after finishing it asked him if he...

  • Holiday Mail for Heroes, Christmas for our Guys in the  Armed Services
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    Holiday Mail for Heroes, Christmas for our Guys in the Armed Services

    8 years ago

    A lot of us like to rant about the quality of TV and the time wasted watching but I happened to catch a commercial that Wal-Mart has a couple of days ago. I was moved by the darn thing and thought "I ought to do something." Then I went on about my...

  • Time to Face the Music,  A Short Story
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    Time to Face the Music, A Short Story

    8 years ago

    A cold wind was blowing off the Mississippi when we drove out of uptown. It had calmed a little on the short ride south. The young man in the back of the taxi had been polite enough. Even though his clothes were somewhat odd, his brown hair a...

  • My Granddaughter's Card to Noah Biorkman
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    My Granddaughter's Card to Noah Biorkman

    8 years ago

    The first time I saw a hub about Noah, I skimmed it and figured it was a scam of some sort. But the next time I saw the story there was a link to Snopes and I realized that it was horribly true. Noah Biorkman is a five year old little boy dying of...

  • The Meanest Woman in Lancaster- a mostly true story.
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    The Meanest Woman in Lancaster- a mostly true story.

    7 years ago

    Actually, I was the watch commander in my little town of less than 10,000 people in the mid seventies when we encountered the meanest woman in Lancaster, SC. (She is dead now so I feel comfortable telling this story.) My numer two guy Cpl R. D....

  • Book Review on The Professional by Robert B. Parker
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    Book Review on The Professional by Robert B. Parker

    8 years ago

    When Robert B. Parker's Spenser was first introduced in The Godwulf Manuscript way back in 1973 he was a man of action, scruples and a code that at least he understood. Throughout the 34 books that followed Spenser did not always make the decision...

  • How to Bake a Pound Cake, Explained by a Man
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    How to Bake a Pound Cake, Explained by a Man

    8 years ago

    I found my wife's recipe for pound cake a few years ago and decided to surprise her by baking it while she was at work. OK, let's all go "Awwwwwww!". I had helped her before which means I was in the kitchen drinking coffee while she did it. So I...

  • Motorcyle Safety
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    Motorcyle Safety

    8 years ago

    Ride Safe Motorcyclists and other good people are getting hurt and dying on our highways. I found a national statistic on the web that says there are 75% more motorcycles registered now than there were 10 years ago. Sometimes it is the biker’s...

  • The Bodyguard 2009 A Short Story
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    The Bodyguard 2009 A Short Story

    6 years ago

    The bodyguard stood on the dock with the sun in his face and a light breeze coming off the water. They were at the mountain house at Fallen Leaf Lake and spring permeated everything. A lot of years had passed since the little boat exploded out there...

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