Must we always play the hand we are dealt? Musings on how we begin, and then how we play our hands in the poker game of life. Like in gambling, luck, chance and fate impact heavily in all of our lives.
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Innocence", (approx. 1300 words) following the conversation between two friends on a park bench on the title subject, and prompted by a young woman walking past.
Beaten to the Punch
Two friends, after a very ignominious beginning, drink their way through life. (some dark themes)
Scraping the Ice Off of Life: Bryce and Alexandra Share the Train
A chance meeting on a morning commute brings two neighbors together in a way they never thought possible. Things spiral from there. And I do mean spiral.
A married woman (white) becomes pregnant, at a time when she cheated on her husband once, with a black man. As birth approaches, she finally confesses, but not to her husband.
Serendipity, Thy Name is Death
Enclosed is a short story, titled “Serendipity, Thy Name is Death”. A young man poised to graduate from college comes home for a weekend to commiserate with his sister, herself a recent high school grad, as to what their next steps will be. (approx.…
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Shank Beach", (approx. 1300 words). A defeated man assesses his life in an alcohol-fueled, pre-dawn reflection on a local beach.
Hooking Your Class
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Hooking Your Class", (approx. 930 words) which depicts the initial attempt, on the first day of class, by a teacher to connect with his group of Sociology students.
Dingy Ways to Die
Friends in a pub play their favorite bar game. When a stranger asks to join, things get even more interesting.
Does Anybody Remember Laughter?
In a direct attempt at humor, the author imagines a poker game with five famous musicians.
Eulogy For An Asshole
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Eulogy For An Asshole" (approx. 1400 words). In this tale, a street urchin's funeral service devolves into an eye- and ear-opening tableau, as both priest and assembled "mourners" struggle with the…
God and The Devil Get Drunk
A famous Irish Pub in New York is home to the first ever face-to-face meeting between the two adversaries.
Fathers In The Mist
A man reminisces about his relationship with his late father on Father's Day.
Thoughts on a favourite female body part. The ass has been made famous by J-Lo, Kim Kardshian, and Beyonce, but it can really be appreciated in its many shapes and sizes...
We Choose Our Own Poison
A drinker defends to his dying day (better not be soon!) his right, his inclination, his desire, to drink.If you like this piece, then buy the next round, Mate.
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