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Listening

The first time he saw the tree, he was so overawed by its size and shape that he stared at it until people around him began to ask each other what the gringo could possibly find so interesting in that … Continue reading

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Seiji

When editor Anita Sundararaj suggested I write a story for a book Professor Mohammad A. Quayum was editing of new Asian short stories, I backed away, saying that I’m not Asian, so probably wouldn’t qualify. She urged me to write … Continue reading

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What is at the top of those stairs?

— Photo by Pat Lively What kind of story would you write if you walked by this gate? Think about it. What kind of images appear? Now sit down and begin writing, and let me know what came (or is … Continue reading

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The old man and the monkey, a story about friendship

As everyone knows, monkeys are pests, and can sometimes be dangerous, so when a friendship developed between old Genjiro Yamada and a large monkey he named Yukitaro, his neighbors objected. Yet nothing bad happened. In July of Genjiro’s eightieth year, … Continue reading

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Jonah’s Birth, a story

And the moon came round the earth and showered down sparks. And the Whale slapped the waters with His tail. And there sprang forth clouds from the spray that flew therefrom. And the Whale split the waters. And land rose. … Continue reading

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Requiem for Blue, a story

It’s been ten years since I drove through that neighborhood and ran across the old man, sitting in the window and staring out into the bleak winter street. Ten years, and I can still remember him as clearly as if … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Clasp, a Holmes and MacTavish story

“I must say, Holmes,” Dr. Watson said, ” the object you’re holding is definitely blue. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a blue quite like it. Where did you find it?” “MacTavish found it,” replied Holmes. “It was lying halfway … Continue reading

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