100 Word Challenge: Tyrant

In 1992, my family got its first computer – a Mac LCII. Our oldest – and only child at the time – was three years old. We had the obligatory computer learning games loaded for our daughter’s entertainment, but for the most part, didn’t use it for much else. The internet was in its infancy, […]

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Last call

bayside pavilion and bicycle

A voice crackled over the sergeant’s shoulder mic giving out a police incident code and address sending Sgt. Kaplan to Roger Caldwell City Park about a bicycle. “How long’s it been here?” Kaplan asked Mrs. Edith Wexcombe, the person who called in the complaint. Mrs. Wexcombe had on her good lavender chenille house coat and […]

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Must be present to win

upward view of skyscrapers header

Standing on the busy sidewalk, Suzy made slow turns, looking up at the tall buildings. The theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show on continuous loop in her head, she regretting not having a felt beret to toss in the air. Suzy wasn’t a young woman, not just starting out in the business world. […]

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Kelly Blue Book invaluable

macro die cast cars

To the uninitiated, these represent childhood memories of pretend car races. To me, they symbolize the manifestations of a lifelong obsession, a compulsive obsession. At the tender age of 12, my son was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. His rituals involve small, die-cast toys. Mainly cars, but it can also mean tiny motorcycles, airplanes, military […]

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Roots and wings

tree in silhouette at sunset

I wanted wings To fly away from the loud voices and angry fists I wanted roots To feel like I was important, cherished I wanted wings To take that plunge out of the nest I wanted roots To know that I could survive on my own I wanted wings To feel the thrill of falling […]

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