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The Unkindest Blow

The season of strikes seemed to have run itself to a standstill, when the Government of the day intervened with promptitude and decision to take over the temporarily abandoned duties of the...

8 min read · Rating: G · Read story

All Summer in a Day

The children pressed to each other, dreaming of gold, yellow crayons and coins large enough to buy the world, but awoke to the tatting drum. Margot stood alone in the rain, staring at the...

10 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Jo. Dunfer. Done for.

I turned away from the tablet and brushed away the leaves from the gravestone. I asked the little wretches if they were jealous of me and they swelled out like turkeycocks and made a pretense of...

6 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Hands

Tender portrait of a man known as Wing Biddlebaum who's hands have played a particularly significant role in his life.

12 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Charles

Laurie started kindergarten, renounced corduroy overalls with bibs, spilled his baby sister's milk, and remarked that his teacher said we were not to take the name of the Lord in vain. Laurie...

8 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Eleven Sons

I have eleven sons, the first is unsightly but serious and clever, the second is beautiful, slim, well-built, and is clever but also experienced in the world, and the third son is beautiful but...

9 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

The Past

This time he is a race car driver who struggles with recurrent sing-song strings of rhyming words that run through his mind. But then meltdown Piltdown happens and he becomes trapped within himself...

1 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Sinkhole

The realtor showed us the house on West Garland Avenue and insisted it had everything we wanted, except a sinkhole. We put up a fence around the hole and didn't pay much attention to it for a...

8 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Compliments Of The Season

A narrator who believes that children are pestilential little animals tells a Christmas story about the daughter of the Millionaire and her

17 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Louis

When his wife's dog begins to shift the balance of power in their relationship, Mr Strudwarden resolves to take extreme measures.

9 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Tea

James Cushat-Prinkly reluctantly sets off for afternoon tea with the girl he intends to marry.

8 min read · Rating: G · Read story

A Matter of Sentiment

The day before the big race and those gathered for Lady Susan's house-party are keen that their money be on the right horse.

7 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Necklace

A poor woman borrows a necklace from a rich friend. Classic twisty tale.

14 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

The Tortoise and the Hare

Classic fable. Moral: Slow but steady progress wins the race.

< 1 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Image Of The Lost Soul

A sweet-voiced but lonely bird finds refuge with an isolated statue.

4 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Louise

An absent-minded old lady forgets where she left her niece.

7 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Music on the Hill

A couple apparently run into some ancient forces when they make the move to the country.

11 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Occasional Garden

The Baroness gives Elinor Rapsley some advice on dealing with her troublesome garden.

7 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Sex That Doesn't Shop

The opening of a large new centre for West End shopping suggests the reflection that women do not really shop, at least not in the practical sense of the word. A few days ago two lady acquaintances...

5 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

Wratislav

Clovis discusses a match for Wriatislav - the black sheep of a rather greyish family.

5 min read · Rating: PG · Read story