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Trouble in Paradise

DJ said caller number nine I speed-dialed the station, ninth on the line Winner of a trip for two to the tropics Choice of trip-mate became a hot topic Jax was da man, so sexy and raw. Dreamed on the plane of his chiseled jaw Hawa'ii, like always, perfect time of year Jax and I… Continue reading Trouble in Paradise

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Montana Blue and the Mountain Boys

Montague Michaels began life on the edge of Boston Bay. As soon as he could walk, he was helping his father catch crabs at the water's edge to sell to the fine restaurants along the harbor. When his father bought a fishing boat, young Monty would help throw out the lobster traps, then haul them… Continue reading Montana Blue and the Mountain Boys

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Charley the Woodcarver

image link Charley was a wood carver who had learned the trade from his Great Uncle Horatio, aka “Uncle Ray”, a grand adventurer who rejected the comfort of a privileged lifestyle of inherited wealth and who instead chose to globe-trot well into his 80s. Charley was able to spend each January with Uncle Ray, who… Continue reading Charley the Woodcarver

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The Silver Vortex

Remy and I met in a rare book store on Monopoly Boulevard in Boston. Not only did we have an interest in rare books in common, but we loved finding obscure historical places to explore that we'd found in them. In a 15th century tome, the Romana Obscura (RO), we were able to acquire for… Continue reading The Silver Vortex

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Handsome Henry’s Oatmeal Gin

Old Henry had been distilling gin for as long as the junipers had grown on the mountainside. As a younger man he wasn't satisfied with the tried-and-true recipe his father and his father before him used and thought he could do better. He began to errantly experiment, and only the Good Lord knows why he… Continue reading Handsome Henry’s Oatmeal Gin

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Emerald’s Eyes

Dustin had been a military man since he was fresh out of high school. Up until boot camp, Dustin's long flowing blond hair had been the babe magnet that kept him beating the ladies off with a stick. After boot camp it was the uniform that drove them wild. As Dustin was ambitious, the Corps… Continue reading Emerald’s Eyes

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Growing Friendship

image link Mayzey started volunteering twenty hours a week at the community garden. She hoped to build new friendships with other volunteers, and it wasn't long before she met one of the regulars. Matiz was in his 70s and had been helping with the garden since it was first planted twenty years previously. Matiz was… Continue reading Growing Friendship

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HOME

Aunt Mim instructed Otto to give each of her princes and princesses a tattoo of the well-known androgynous symbol that Quince called himself once upon a time. Tattoo in this scenario was euphemism for tag of ownership. Aunt Mim had been adding to her royal family for a long time. Scouts other appointed brokers were… Continue reading HOME

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The Missing Naked Ape

Cairo Jones was the biggest shock jock to hit the talk radio airwaves in 2019. He loved to bring controversial guests onto his show, The Naked Ape, and put them to the test – his own specialized test. What nobody but he knew is he had a giant wheel of fortune like device in his… Continue reading The Missing Naked Ape

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50 Word Thursday — The Tale of Thomas

“What had happened to him at that moment was what happens to people when they are unexpectedly caught in something very shameful.” – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The Tale of Thomas is still told around campfires in these parts. St. Horatio's Seminary shut down every spring so the students could go help the needy. … Continue reading 50 Word Thursday — The Tale of Thomas