River of Fear

River of Fear

The Ausable looking sedate as it flows through town.   We intended to tie the college-supplied rubber tires together and float down the nearby AuSable River. There were six of us: Lester (Larry), Bubbles (Marilyn- Larry’s girlfriend), Norm and Leo (Steve), my roommate Marty, and I. We loaded the tires onto Larry’s old Chevy Nomad, affectionately named Bertha “Queen of the north way” (a highway that leads to the north country from Albany), and Larry drove us to the starting point. I took one step into that icy water and thought better of it. That would later prove to be a… Continue reading

The Old Dog

The old dog scratched lightly at the front door at 4:50 AM because that is what old dogs often do. The old man was awake, heard the scratch, and slipped out of his warm bed up with a grumble “4:50 AM”. He said this not with anger but with mirth since he never slept late anyway. Older men rarely do. He felt the cold, found his slippers, went down the stairs, and found his old gal waiting by the front door. He greeted her “Hello Dusty” and walked past her to the kitchen, asked that the lights be turned on,… Continue reading

Memories of the Deep-Water Drifter

Memories of the Deep-Water Drifter

I have a confession to make my late older brother, and I shared an addiction: fishing.  I know you think, well, that is no big deal.  No, addictive behavior can lead to bad choices, and as I was to learn, bad choices have consequences. I still nave Memories of the Deep-Water Drifter.  Be assured it is a subject that is not discussed at family gatherings. My three brothers, a brother in law and my sister left early in the morning, as it was a long drive. We found the boat moored in the marina as per the directions.  I looked… Continue reading

The Mower – A Free Short Story

The Mower a Free Short Story

I learned putting my short story on the ‘Net’ does not mean any of the 4 plus billion active internet users will find my work. Concessions had to be made; the title, “The Janitor a Free Short Story,” was conceived to meet SEO (Search Engine Optimization) keywords. Did you know “Short Story” gets 60,000 searches each month? I hope a few of those searches for “Short Story” will trickle through here. I did not however alter the Body of the Story to make it optimized SEO speak. Yes, there is software out there to do just that- Frankly, that scares… Continue reading

The Janitor – A Free Short Story

the Janitor a free short Story

I learned putting my short story on the ‘Net’ does not mean any of the 4 plus billion active internet users will find my work. Concessions had to be made; the title, “The Janitor a Free Short Story,” was conceived to meet SEO (Search Engine Optimization) keywords. Did you know “Short Story” gets 60,000 searches each month? I hope a few of those searches for “Short Story” will trickle through here. I did not however alter the Body of the Story to make it optimized SEO speak. Yes, there is software out there to do just that- Frankly, that scares… Continue reading