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Kendalhang

(2009)
The real summer of love was 1966 when the Haight Ashbury blossomed and young people from around the world arrived and participated in creating a unique lifestyle.
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Welcome’s Fantastical Journey

(2009)
This story may strike a chord with a number of readers as a cautionary tale while others may see it as more truth than fiction. Either way, the ending is not what anyone expects.
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Large Bore

(2009)
The best revenge is to live well, but that means you need your health.
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U and I Paint Supply

(2009)
There was a time when every family in America had to have a backyard fallout shelter. The past was not a simpler time, it is simply remembered that way.
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The Palm Frond

(2009)
A palm frond may symbolize triumph and victory, rest and hospitality or a festival.
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Not Everybody’s Talking

(2009)
When your friend calls and is lucid and needy, you try to help.
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The Runner

(2009)
There is such a thing as a gambling addiction and Gavin has it.
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One Flew East, One Flew West

(2009)
Where you are born often determines what religion you will adopt, if you must have a doctrine.
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The Injuries to Tim Dale

(2004)
Praised by Esquire Magazine, this story demonstrates kids do the cruelest things. But how do childhood memories play out for an adult?
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Purchase Plan

(2004)
I really did get a phone call from Bombay — a mortgage salesman with a Southern accent — which gave rise to this parable.
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For Want of a Nail

(2004)
If you drive, you must park. Sometimes when you are really unlucky, you come back and the car is gone.
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Triptych

(2005)
“Triptych” is three separate stories that can be read independent of one another or together as one.
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The Philanthropist

(2004)
Zell Kravinsky is a Philadelphian who donated his $45 million real estate portfolio and a kidney to people he does not know. He engendered the most outrage for the latter. Well, in this story I part him out like a used car.
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Dune Riders

(2005)
An ironic tale based on a true story. The dunes at Grover Beach are the only place along the California coastline where you can legally drive off road vehicles.
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What Memory Hurts

(2005)
The worst form of evidence is an eyewitness, although they are the most powerful prosecutorial tools outside of a confession.
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The Volunteer

(2005)
My sister volunteered to help hurricane victims in 2005, but was rejected after she took a telephone call on her cell during the interview. Big mistake.
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The Toxic Cops

(2005)
A newspaper article about a toxic dumping sting got me to thinking and this is the result.
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Nobody Likes a Smartass

(2005)
This was originally written as an essay titled “Snappy Comebacks.” My friend Dano read it and said, “Nobody likes a smartass.” Thus, he renamed the short story.
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Bar Code

(2005)
The title is a pun on the fact this story takes place inside a bar and the fact my friend really has a bar code tattooed on his arm.
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Twenty Years Ago Today

(2005)
When your friend tells you he hasn’t seen you in 20 years even though you saw each other last week, do you believe him?
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Tangible Proof

(2005)
How old were you and how did you learn there was no Santa Claus?
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The Bus Ride

(2006)
A story reflecting the City, “The Bus Ride” is funny and angry, straight forward yet bent, confused but clear all at the same time.
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The Lady Killer

(2006)
Young people have no idea their innate sexual power.
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Because We’re Human

(2006)
Automobiles hold an almost divine place in American culture as everyone in this story will attest.
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Martyn The Dope Pyg

(2006)
A British subject, Martyn arrived in America intent on visiting the entire country only to become a speed freak spending his whole vacation and all his money on drugs while living in a backyard hovel.
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Where There’s a Will

(2006)
Civilization relies on lies, half-truths, bad decisions and personal greed whether we like it or not.
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