How the cookie crumbles

“You have entered the winter of your life.” After reading the fortune, I wadded it up inside the cellophane the cookie came wrapped in, tossing it on my abandoned plate. Reaching for another cookie, my dinner companion tried to retrieve the first slip of paper. “Wait, what did this one say?” He pulled back his […]

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Love letters

Before Internet, before email, they wrote love letters to each other. She tied them with a red ribbon, secreting them away in the rafters of the attic so they wouldn’t scandalize their children. A little Trifecta lagniappe, or a Trifextra, for the weekend. A love story challenge, written in only 33 words. Backstory: my husband […]

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Basic training

“You really should start dating again. I know some great guys. I could hook you up.” “We’ve talked about this, I’m fine.” “Aren’t you lonely? You’re too young to be by yourself.” “Just because I’m alone, doesn’t mean I’m lonely.” “Don’t you miss… you know?” “Sure, I miss… the intimacy, but I can’t…” “I can’t […]

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No parking

Under normal circumstances, neither of these signs would be out-of-the-ordinary. They are guarding an empty lot, and presumably the land owner is simply attempting to keep unwanted visitors from tramping around on his property. The thing that prompted me to take a picture of two innocuous signs is that the tree they are nailed to […]

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