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The Heartbreak Cure

8 Oct , 2014  

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Considering the debilitating nature of the condition, and the large number of reported cases, it’s surprising that no medical treatment had ever been available. Until now.

Dr. Highbrow rubbed his palms together and excitedly quoted Archimedes: “Eureka!”
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Everything Gone Wrong

7 Oct , 2014  

Everything Gone Wrong

It wasn’t the life he dreamed of, but then he didn’t have the time or inclination to dream. Surviving was exhausting enough. He’d mapped out, in his mind, the neighborhoods he frequented. He knew which blocks would see stray bullets and avoided them.

The idea if a job was a joke—who’d hire him?—and public assistance would rob him of the only thing he owned, his dignity. So, he lived on the streets, anxious and amoral. He did what he knew.
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Not A Terrorist

5 Oct , 2014  

Not A Terrorist

I’m not a terrorist. That’s what I’d tell them if there was anyone to tell. The guy who puts my food—if you can call it food—through the slot each morning ignores me. Or maybe he can’t hear me, I’m not sure. Actually, I’m not sure that it’s actually morning when the food comes.
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About Closure

18 Sep , 2014  

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Eileen Drury spent most of her life looking for closure. Her 90 years were characterized by searching, by longing, by trying to make sense of it all. She never did. She completed her journey without any satisfactory answers.

It was 70 years earlier, a young Eileen was broken-hearted when the love of her life rejected her. She could not understand; how could she possibly feel the way she did and yet those feelings were not reciprocated?

She searched her soul. Did she do something wrong? Offend him? Offend God? She didn’t know.
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Zombie Marketing

30 Aug , 2014  

Zombie Marketing

Lemme tell you a story.

There was this planet—let’s call it “Earth”—where non-people (called “publicly held corporations”) perfected some great sales techniques. They were so great that they worked even for non-people selling to actual people. These techniques used science and research to figure out how to get real people to buy lots of stuff from non-people.
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The Bird Tree

24 Aug , 2014  

The Bird Tree

I understand that they flock together, but why THAT tree? What made it THE tree of choice? Why not the next tree over?

We called it “the bird tree” because that’s where the starlings would congregate. Some people hated them, calling them flying rats. But I loved to watch the swarm make big circles in the sky, always returning to the same chosen tree. If the individual birds were unimpressive—maybe even ugly—the swarm and its synchronized movement was a thing of beauty.
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