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Winches & Pulleys

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 6 comments

Winches & Pulleys

Chapter 7: The snappy saga of Dot & Dash continues … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dorothy Hammond stood on the large circular raised platform in a strapless gown.  “Could you stop making that awful face?” Dot asked her brother’s reflection in the 3-way mirror. “Sorry, but I’m wincing for you.  Isn’t that uncomfortable?  It’s like I’m suffocating in empathy for you.  It must feel so constricting in order for it to stay up.  You got whalebone stays in there?” “Those went out before the Roaring Twenties or something.   Actually, it’s all...

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Feeling Safe

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

Feeling Safe

She had a cold, so I ran us a bubble bath and brought the box of tissues into the bathroom with me. I undressed and got in first. Then I watched her slowly and self-consciously take off her clothing while she sniffled. I wasn’t trying to be a creep and check her out or anything. I just thought that she was utterly adorable in her careful preparation. “Are you stuffy?” I asked her. She sniffled and nodded her head yes. Then she got into the tub and said in a small voice, “I am very stuffy.” She sat down across...

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Broken Record

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 8 comments

Broken Record

Chapter 6: The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Why do you need me to babysit with you?  Twelve year old girls babysit on their own.  You can handle it,” Dottie encouraged over the phone as she entered her apartment and locked the door. “Does it ever occur to you that I might like your company?” Dash asked feigning hurt. “Oh, that occurs to me all the time,” she said and dropped a handful of mail on the kitchen counter. “I’m a veritable Party in a Bag.  Whose kid is it anyway?” “Ollie’s nephew. ...

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Cloud Monkeys

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 13 comments

Cloud Monkeys

Chapter 5: The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues … “Hey, Dash, it’s Dot.  Where are you?  Why aren’t you answering the phone?  Call me.  It’s important.  Love you.  Bye.”  Dottie flipped her mobile phone shut and turned from her office window.  “Amy,” she called to her secretary. “Yes?” Amy appeared in the doorway, notepad and pen poised. “I’ve been trying to reach my brother all morning and he’s not picking up.”  Dottie’s face clouded with concern. Amy checked her wristwatch.  “His plane doesn’t touch down until 12:10,” Amy...

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Dancing with the Czars

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 10 comments

Dancing with the Czars

Chapter 4: The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues …   Amy knocked and opened the office door enough to stick her head in.  “Excuse me, Dottie.  Dashiel’s here,” she whispered and cocked her head. Dottie looked up from her laptop and blinked.  “Here?  Why?” Amy shrugged.  “I’m sorry.  He didn’t confide in me.” Dottie slumped back in her chair.  “Interrupt us in five minutes, OK?” “Sure.”  Amy stepped back and turned to Dashiel who stood at her desk scrolling through his PDA.  “You can go in now, Dashiel.” “Just reading my...

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Swim Cinema

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 6 comments

Swim Cinema

The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues …   “Good morning, Dottie,” Amy said.  “There’s a package on your desk.  Sorry, but I opened it before I realized it was from your brother.” “Is it ticking?” Dottie asked as she sailed past her secretary and into her office. Amy laughed and followed Dottie in and placed a tall mug of steaming coffee on her desk. “What is it?” Dottie asked and lifted the pink tissue paper from the box.  “What’s he up to now?  Ooh, what weird sunglasses.” “Actually, they’re 3D glasses.” “3D?” “And...

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Om on the Range

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 12 comments

Om on the Range

The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues …   “Dottie, I know you’re there.  I can hear you doing crunches,” Dashiel sang into his sister’s answering machine.  “Come on, sweetie, pick up.” “I wasn’t doing crunches,” she snapped after grabbing the receiver.  “I’m watching Jeopardy.” “Feeling superior?” “Somewhat.  So, what’s up?  How are you?  Where are you?” “In New York.” “You’re back and you haven’t picked up your dog yet?” Dottie glanced across her living room to her brother’s Pomeranian as it licked itself on her sofa....

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A Faithless Revelation

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

A Faithless Revelation

 = for F.R.P., who is still at war = The name on the door pierced him with guilt. But the church—perhaps the last vestige of Catholicism left in what is now Chinatown—appeared when he was most in need of penance. Though he would not self-identify as a Christian and had never been a Catholic, his sin drove him, with its emptiness and its immense weightlessness, toward the despair of the unpardonable. The tears that had burst out of him down by City Hall turned his baby face to raw hamburger, and he wandered in a daze through the stinking...

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Unday Runch

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 14 comments

Unday Runch

The Dot & Dash Chronicles is a series of humorous episodes about adult twins, Dot & Dash Hammond.  Dot is a straight — and straight-laced — executive, and Dash is gay and suffering angst over every aspect of his life.  Dash eventually experiences an epiphany that creates positive changes in his own life which radiate exponentially to family and friends.   “Ms. Hammond, your brother’s on line one.” Dottie Hammond swallowed a mouthful of air. “Did you tell him I was in?” “Um…yes. Do you want me to take a message?”...

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Sky

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

Sky

My name is Kaleb St. Clair.  I start my day with meditative prayer watching the sun rise behind a curtain of clouds.  The breeze is light and the weather report promises low winds – perfect for skydiving. After months of intensive training, I am finally ready for my first solo jump.  I never imagined that having such a profound spiritual experience during my first jump would lead me toward become a certified skydiver. I am anxious on the plane as we gain altitude.  I notice how beautiful the clouds look as they gather.  To calm my...

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