Category Archives: Stories and vignettes

Maui and Hine te Po

Maui had a mother, Hine te Po, mother of us all. He had done great things in life — with his brothers’ help he slowed the sun; while they begged him to stop, he fished up land — but like … Continue reading

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That position is already filled, were you interested?

Way back when I worked for the newspaper from hell, we came into the office one Thursday morning and found a co-worker as ebullient as all get-out. “I got promoted,” he said. “Copy chief.” The announcement stunned the rest of … Continue reading

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Rescuing the tropical cow from extinction

Years ago, I told my children about the tropical cow, and how it had nearly been driven to extinction through loss of habitat due to extensive reforrestation efforts. But, I noted, conservationists had been clearcutting the Amazon to create more … Continue reading

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That time I used a ouija board with some friends

So there was one time a few years ago that I used a ouija board. We were in a production of “The Uninvited” at Somerset Valley Players, where in the final scene the characters hold a seance to unmask the … Continue reading

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The never-ending game of peek-a-boo

I’m from Pittsburgh area. My parents still live there. It’s about 300 miles to get there, or roughly six hours, given the occasional pit stop. A little less than 16 years ago, we took Oldest Daughter and her foster brother … Continue reading

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What power lies in the name ‘daddy’

I still remember the first time he called me daddy. It was a couple months after the state had returned him to his birth parents. His mother had decided that she didn’t want to be a mother after all, and … Continue reading

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Let’s do better

About 15 years ago I worked in a suburban news office with about 20 other underpaid reporters and editors. Most people there were professional and acted accordingly. We didn’t have any outright cretins, though we did have a few people … Continue reading

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Biblical literacy

Several years ago, the preacher-guy at our church decided to test the biblical literacy of the congregation. He broke us into groups and gave us all a list of quotations, some from famous speeches and presidential addresses, a few from … Continue reading

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I wrote this as part of a scene in a story. In it, a young Lisa is complaining to her father about the bullying she’s been receiving at school, and he’s trying to help her find an appropriate response to … Continue reading

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Attention whore

I have a confession to make to everyone: I am an attention whore. Please look at me. I love to be noticed. It’s the remedy for what ails me. You see, as New Jerseyans, we live like ships at sea, … Continue reading

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