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Small Minds, Spiteful People

(2006)
Families can be so disappointing. Siblings are really only acquainted with one another by the accident of birth and their position in the hierarchy.
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They Are Following Me

(2006)
Some believe insurance adjusters are only there to deny claims.
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She Has Long Beautiful Red Hair

(2006)
Is this man’s memory accurate? And is he looking for his real wife or his imaginary wife?
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Sweeping the Floor

(2007)
Modern medicine has many practitioners who do more than necessary to cover all the bases.
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Forty Winks and a Nod

(2004)
Deals with the devil appear throughout literary history, from Faust to Mephistopheles to Dr. Fell. This is my stab at it.
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The Extortionist

(2007)
Children can easily say the wrong thing which can get you killed.
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The Underwriter

(2008)
The banking industry has taken a bad rap. Deservedly, one might say.
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Fortunate Child

(2004)
The nature versus nurture discussion will always be with us, but there are times when the parent/child relationship is all that matters.
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350 Miles of Bad Road

(Pre-2000)
If you decide to get high while traveling the coast of California from Ventura to San Francisco, the ride can be a lot of fun.
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An Embarrassment of Riches

(Pre-2000)
Hard to separate fact from fiction in this story of thrash meets the ozone layer.
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Armageddon Now

(Pre-2000)
This creepy Christian kid has his own idea of what he should inherit on the earth.
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In Which Esther Gets a Tattoo

(Pre-2000)
The world’s ills can be cured if enough endorphins can be injected into the system.
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Sterling Beer and Jalapenos

(Pre-2000)
Two dot commies drink and eat before riding home with disastrous results the following day.
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Bobo’s Car

(Pre-2000)
Auto thieves already have one headlight out. In this story, Bobo tries for two.
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Dennis and Linda Were Lovers

(Pre-2000)
Relationships are ownership with destructive power. Here is an example of how a long short story can become a major chapter in a novel.

Read the original version, then read the novelized altered version, Talk Show Host.

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Insured

(Pre-2000)
Fighting for your rights when you have been unfairly penalized can result in success. But that’s no guarantee you will live to enjoy it.
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Walking the Strand

(Pre-2000)
Two people on a Southern California beach during the last few hours they will be together. An old love story.
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Silly Love Songs

(Pre-2000)
Everyone should have a place to hang out with friends and a nightclub devoted to a certain group is not unusual.
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My Last Tenants

(Pre-2000)
You may see Robert Browning’s poem reflected in the opening lines, but after that this story is a study in prose.
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One Too Many

(Pre-2000)
Brew pubs are all the rage. When girls get together for an evening out, they should just be sure to pace their drinking.
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Total System Failure

(Pre-2000)
The earth shook in the opening minutes of the 1989 World Series and the game was called to a halt. Then Rob Manor could not find his car.
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The Face

(Pre-2000)
If you have ever studied CPR you will know who Resusci Anne and Andy are. Here is what can happen when you make your living with these two.
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When She Was Good

(Pre-2000)
Every attempt to have sex with her failed. And then she wanted him in the worst way.
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Witnesses to Jahveh

(Pre-2000)
This is a reversal of the classic model where the bible thumpers want to come in and you don’t want them.
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