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  • Book Review: Etta and Otto and Russell and James

    Emma Hooper, Simon & Schuster, 2015 Otto, The letter began, in blue ink, I’ve gone, I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back. Yours (always), Etta....
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  • Yet

    Her mother was in hospice, waiting to die. The daughter thought of the argument she and her mother had had about the rug. Six months earlier, the letter had come: “Now that you’re approaching 65,” the HMO said, “It’s time to remove rugs. The leading...
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  • Two works of fiction (maybe not)

    CHAINS OF COMMAND At a meeting three months ago, they discovered a referral procedure wasn’t working. In fact, there wasn’t a referral procedure at all, nor a referral form, although they had all believed there had been both. They thought the problem would be easy...
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  • On Guard: A Valentine for the Older Set

    One morning, she noticed a Kleenex on the desk in their bedroom. It wasn’t totally out of place since he regularly left paper towels around the flat. She usually found three or four in his office, one in the living room, one in the bathroom...
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  • Two reasons for couples therapy

    I was sure my partner and I needed therapy. Certainly I have faults, but the night before we left for a long weekend, I lay in bed concentrating on his. I had two major complaints. I didn’t know when but sometime during our three-day weekend...
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  • The Sexy Woman Hero Thriller

    Two couples were going to a movie together. Woman One narrowed the movie choices to eight. A documentary about a comedian was agreeable to three people but not to Man Two who preferred German war movies. A scifi movie was agreeable to three people but...
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  • Favors

    by Mardith Louisell Someone was pulling two empty shopping carts into the apartment building lobby. The old woman, who had gone to get her mail, recognized her next door neighbors’ daughter. “What’s going on?” the old woman asked. “My father’s been moved to a nursing...
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  • X rating

    by Mardi Louisell *This is serial fiction In college, the woman looked up to a friend because she was smart, seemed confident and had a boyfriend four years older than she was. Her boyfriend was handsome, smart and funny. Also, her friend was a junior...
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  • First steps

    by Mardith Louisell (*Category: Fiction) I was staying at my boyfriend’s house because he had hip surgery. He is an artist and had painted the wood floors in the living room black so he could get good photographs of his work. At one point the...
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