WHAT’S IN A NAME? – Rich Paschall

Would You Change Your Name? by Rich Paschall When I finally come around to writing a short story for SERENDIPITY, I usually get stalled at the beginning when I need to decide on character names. It seems to me that the name is important and certain names will convey certain feelings to the reader.  So, … Continue reading WHAT’S IN A NAME? – Rich Paschall

THE SURPRISING CHRISTMAS – Rich Paschall

A family plus one holiday tale by Richard Paschall Kyle was coming home for Christmas. He was bringing with him his college roommate. The boys met during freshman year and became fast friends. Somehow they maneuvered the dorm manager into assigning them to be roommates for sophomore year. There was no one on earth Kyle … Continue reading THE SURPRISING CHRISTMAS – Rich Paschall

DAD WAS *MORE* THAN A CONTENDER – Garry Armstrong

A friend emailed me info about a popular boxer who just improved on his very impressive record. I had to admit knowing nothing about the prizefighter. I'm a self-proclaimed baseball maven but know nothing about professional boxing these days.   I'm not a fan. I don't get my jollies watching two people bashing out each other's … Continue reading DAD WAS *MORE* THAN A CONTENDER – Garry Armstrong

MY GRANDMOTHER’S EARLY YEARS – By Ellin Curley

My Grandmother, Sarah, grew up in Minsk, Russia. Her father was one of the very few Jews there who were allowed to do business with the Russian Gentiles. Therefore he was relatively well off. Grandma remembers her mother taking baths in milk. Her mother was an aloof, Grande Dame and was treated like a queen … Continue reading MY GRANDMOTHER’S EARLY YEARS – By Ellin Curley

ULTIMATELY, WE ALL ARE ORPHANED – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Orphan Although most of us never plan to go home again to live, there's always somewhere, way back in our minds, the realization that if terrible things happen and everything else fails, we can go home. We wouldn't like it and they probably wouldn't care for it, either. We might even hate … Continue reading ULTIMATELY, WE ALL ARE ORPHANED – Marilyn Armstrong

THE CIRCULARITY OF SPODE’S TOWER – Marilyn Armstrong

Blame it on my upbringing, the peculiar traditions of my mother's family. We say "I love you" by giving each other stuff. All kinds of stuff. Art, furniture, gadgets, clothing, books, whatnots. We were never a touchy, feely, huggy family nor verbally effusive. We rarely said, "I love you." I've had to learn to say … Continue reading THE CIRCULARITY OF SPODE’S TOWER – Marilyn Armstrong