What can YOU say in six sentences?
The doctor told Glen that he was probably bipolar, but not the BIG kind, just bipolar 2.
Glen said, "Wow, you're good. You've known me 10 minutes and already you have it all figured out," but he said it without sarcasm, so the shrink took it as praise, the dimwit.
"We can get you started on medication, and the sooner the better, to keep your little mood swings under control," the shrink said, reaching with a plump hand for…
The student’s paper was a simple, 500-word narrative essay about the day somebody lost something important.
“Darius,” I say, “don’t just say ‘he went to the store’ when you could use more descriptive words like hurried or slouched or ambled,” and I mimic different ways of walking as my student looks on,…Continue
After a lengthy illness, her husband left her well-to-do and ready for some merry-widow fun. At 76, Mrs. Strong is straight of spine, firm of resolve and tightly coiffed in a halo of spun sugar.
Summers, she’s at her cottage on Lake Martin…Continue
My neighbor, a distracted slender woman, has many fears.
One evening, while on a dog walk, I waved to her – a gesture she interpreted as a summons to pour out her litany of morbid thoughts and news of…Continue
He walked onto the concert stage looking more like the janitor than the featured star soloist, and for a moment I thought he was the guy who was going to move the piano closer to center stage.
He wore a loose, shiny black jacket that could have been a nylon windbreaker, a stark contrast to the perfect, bespoke white shirt and tails worn by the conductor and concert master.
He was plump,…Continue
Marti’s mother lived in a Hallmark world.
Her daily emails to Marti were laced with aphorisms (“Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free in your head”) and with glittering angels (Pass this on to everyone you love and in two days a wish will come true).
Three sour expressions met me this afternoon when I entered a certain campus lab, and three noses went airborne as if to say, “What is SHE doing here?”
One of them – the one built like a backwater scow – said, “Can I help you?” with all the helpfulness of a Pinkerton man at a picket line.
So I said, “I was asked to come here to help you take the data off your Accutrak…Continue
Crows spread their rumors overhead, some of them believed by jays who take up the cry.
I wear a careless Saturday hairdo and a half-buttoned coat. I walk in step to a soundtrack of my own composing, in slow 4/4 time.
This day is no more meaningful than the pillow I left behind on the bed with the imprint of my cheek or a candle on a birthday cake which has a minute of usefulness and is…Continue
A funny thing happened on the way to crafting the U.S. Constitution.
The authors came up with Article 6, paragraph 3 – and we are talking the Original Articles here, not those Johnny-come-lately Amendments – which clearly states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”…Continue
The Grim Reaper entered Charlene Shiner’s beauty shop via the back door, after hours, per agreement, and folded himself into a shampoo chair.
“Just the usual,” he said morosely, drawing a nail clipper out of the folds of his cloak and going at a few yellow hang-nails with a vengeance.
Char took one look at Grimmy’s head and…Continue