Monthly Archives: June 2016

Can Not Tell a Lie

Published June 26, 2016 in Ralph , Ruth - 0 Comments

Can Not Tell a Lie

Another friend of Ruth’s.

Ralph’s a good guy, salt of the earth.

And he’s clairvoyant.

You’d think his numbers would hit more often than they do.

Come Here

Published June 26, 2016 in Ophelia - 0 Comments

Come Here

Yup, those are Max’s balls.

She lets him keep them on his truck.

But, hey no judgement.

He’s trying to make it work and, mostly, it does.

Eternally Grateful

Published June 26, 2016 in NY Stories , Ruth - 0 Comments


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Charlie was a mobster.

He stopped by on his way to the city.

Next morning he took his girlfriend, Ginger, antiquing.

They returned with a crystal punch bowl.

“It’s so beautiful…stunning craftsmanship!” my mother said, thirty times.

“Enough”, said Charlie, “If you like it that much, it’s yours.”


Now we owed him.



Why did Ruth have keep lavishing the stupid punch bowl with praise?

It wasn’t even that nice.

Now he’s going to be back when he needs something and someone’s going to have to do it.


Virtual Reality

Published June 21, 2016 in I Don't Even Know , LA Stories - 0 Comments

Virtual Reality

I liked the photo because it reminded me of a Diebenkron painting.

I’m obsessed with this idea of simulations.

Every memory, projection, fantasy and yes, 55 word story is just a simulation we run in our minds.

Returning to the Well

Published June 14, 2016 in On Writing - 0 Comments

Returing to the Well

True grit is the long game.

If you want success, then keep going.

There will be difficulty.

And disappointment.

And failure.

And doubt.

But, some things will work.

Pay attention to them and double down.

Continue to build on that.

Before you know it, you’ll have a victory.

And the seeds of your next campaign.


When the going gets tough, you’ve got to keep going.

Whatever it is you do, if you keep doing it and you’re open and willing to learn, then you’ll get better.

Writing is no exception.

Some days it’s hard and you may wonder what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

We all have our reasons and if you commit to the process, you will be rewarded.



Published June 13, 2016 in Jack Sprat - 0 Comments


Sometimes just not repeating the sins of your fathers is the greatest gift of all.

Jack is taking inventory.

This one goes in the “wins” column.

On the Night Stand

Published June 13, 2016 in Max , Ophelia - 0 Comments

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Max had wanted her from the first.

Your freckles and long legs haunted me.

Ophelia seemed expert at keeping men at bay.

Made me want you more.

6 month courtship.

Finally she consented to a “fling”.

He left her apartment uncertain.

13 years later he woke up next to her and counted his lucky stars.


Another couple, two more winding their way through love.

It’s hard to predict what the outcome will be.

But, they have each other. And sometimes that’s enough.