Monthly Archives: May 2012

Unemployment Statistics

This is a story of two coffee shops that face each other on opposite sides of the street. One is General Arthur’s, named after a World War II veteran who had taken up donut-making until his death from a heart … Continue reading

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One Moment

Inside the discolored sink of her hands, a woman leans over a single spark. Hers alone to nurse this foul splinter. To smother with rocks or feed with her breath? One moment. She’s thinking. Gone are trees outside her window. … Continue reading

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The Land of Silence

This is a story about Randy and June, who lived in the Land of Silence. Every day they walked five miles outside the city to pick walnuts from the walnut trees, which is how they got enough to eat. But … Continue reading

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Why the Telephone Pole is not a Shrimp

There was a telephone pole two inches tall. One night in New York City on January 3, 1948 at three o’clock in the morning, the pole said, “I wish I were two fee higher.” The pole did not know it, … Continue reading

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Color Blind

On a planet long ago, there was only one color. And that color was white. People had white buildings, white suits, food, and many more things. Even the planet was white. There was a scientist who got tired of seeing … Continue reading

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The Story of the Hydrant

Before there were cities, the hydrant lived beneath the ocean. That’s where she got all her water. When the fish were thirsty, they swam up to the hydrant’s nozzle and sipped. Then they went to sleep inside their coral beds. … Continue reading

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Shenoa

The stone cannot understand the unkindness of water never stopping, never pausing to say something as inoffensive as “hello.” The water keeps moving toward a band of rocks just below a beer bottle from an earlier picnic. It’s getting darker. … Continue reading

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Exercise Yard

The Shepherd scrapes the aluminum bowl on the concrete with her nose, a toy when it becomes empty. All night I hear her toss the aluminum bowl. She gets thinner inside her cubicle of wire each time I walk down … Continue reading

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The Office

A consultant from Palo Alto came in to study ergonomics, marked budget constraints at the top-right corner of a graph pad. Working in this manner he drank beef bouillon from a coffee mug, a stack of napkins to blot his … Continue reading

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