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“Recycled” by Alex M.

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Recycled” by Alex M.

Northeastern Pennsylvania has plenty of stories if you stop and listen. Growing up, I listened. When hot summer days with the relatives grew into warm summer nights, and it became too dark to look at pictures anymore, you’d start hearing the stories of the things they had seen when they were kids themselves. Looming large was the haunted house where my aunt, uncle, and several assorted cousins once lived. There were always the classics. Turning lights off only for them to mysteriously come back on. Hearing banging and inhuman noises coming from the kitchen. She’d go down the...

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“Carpe Medias” by Dan Pape

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Carpe Medias” by Dan Pape

“Carpe Medias” overrated. Nah, give me a hefty serving of the middle. That’s where the meat is at. Think about it. How about the beginning of you? I’m willing to bet you do not want to think about the actual beginning, considering your parents were, ahem. Okay. Okay. I’ll be fair. Your birth, which you don’t remember? Mine involved forceps, or so I am told, which left me with a scar by my eye and almost certainly the need for glasses. But, a memory? Nope. Let’s go even bigger. Our earth? Our universe? I mean, we were there in a foreshadowing particle sense, but who in their right mind would...

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“Testament of a People” Written by: Alex M.

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Rolling The Dice | Comments Off on “Testament of a People” Written by: Alex M.

“Last Words” prompt Testament of a People Day 1 – We are first! We are here! The red planet! With our whole world watching, we landed; laying our first steps into the rust colored dust. I almost wish I was home for the parties, the celebrations; people all over our world clapping each other on the back for a job so well done. Ah, the champagne! It was evening, our time, when we landed. We had of course rehearsed it, again and again, at home, in space, until we could do it in our sleep. There could be, would be, no slip ups. And when the time came, we nailed it. I would...

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“Good People have Nothing To Fear” Written by: Dan Pape

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Rolling The Dice | Comments Off on “Good People have Nothing To Fear” Written by: Dan Pape

Last Words Prompt “‘Good people have nothing to fear.’” There are some stories I have that I do not enjoy telling. This is one of them. I do not share it out of a desire for pity or as a back-handed acknowledgement of tragedy or really even as a form of catharsis. I share it because the people involved merit the telling. First, an awful backstory: my cousin, Ryan Zawada, died of a rare form of cancer when he was ten. Obviously, this event devastated my family and, ultimately, sundered it. Of course, none of that was Ryan’s fault. Trust me, you would have loved this kid. He was naturally...

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“Sober Forty-Two Meets Hammered Twenty-One” Written by: “The Meme Addict”

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Rolling The Dice | Comments Off on “Sober Forty-Two Meets Hammered Twenty-One” Written by: “The Meme Addict”

(“What I Would Tell My 21 Year Old Self” prompt) Across from Nectar’s in Burlington was a parking lot with a small wooded area that we jokingly called the Executive Bathroom.  Many was the night that our gang of miscreants – Fatty, Spencer, Matt, Dave, and the Captain – would stumble downtown after hitting a few house parties, load up on Nectar’s World-Famous Gravy Fries, then make a pit stop at the Executive Bathroom.  You had to be careful because the Burlington P.D. knew about the throngs of drunk collegiates who used the copse as an open air pissoire and were keen...

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