Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The wherewithal to break the stalemate came down to the masterful stratagem of the chess-loving son of the ambassador.

Monday, January 30, 2017

And yet the universe continued to toss out mysteries seemingly without end.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

"Right now they're keeping people out, but before long they're gonna be keeping us in," said my father as we packed up the house.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Their first order of business was to ban the teaching of history for if the people understood the past they would be less inclined to allow their leaders to repeat it again and again.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Billy liked the Old Testament best, the "eye for an eye" way of thinking, rather than the New Testament with its emphasis on loving thy neighbor since his neighbor was a liberal asshole.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

"The day I realized everyone else was as lost and confused as I was, no matter what kind of facade they show the world, was the day I gained an edge over my competition," he said with a wry smile.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The old man stood on the stage with just his guitar, but when his shaky hand hit that first chord, the years seemed to melt away and his tales of heartache and dreams shook the audience to their core.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Blake waited his whole life for the moment when he wouldn't feel like a scared child anymore, but it never came.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Her eyes still held within them that darkness he had never been able to escape even after twenty years apart. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The women held their signs aloft and let the world know they weren't going to rollover, especially not for a bunch of misogynistic old men.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In those final moments they were all shocked to discover that the world wasn't going to end with a bang or even a whimper but with a Tweet featuring a smiley face and the phrase "say goodbye."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Through the cracks and fissures in the gilded facade could be seen a boiling, broiling, putrid chaos that was at that very moment threatening to spill out.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

As Dale crossed into the city he realized Hell was a lot closer than anyone believed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

If she ever took notice of the crumbling edifice of her life, she surely never showed it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The amusement park's management quickly realized that incorporating real crocodiles and an easily spooked hippo into their jungle ride wasn't that great of an idea.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The sound of the men's boots trampling over the fallen echoed across the water, but we convinced ourselves it came from a distant shore.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

They were just children then but it seemed they knew far more than the old men controlling their fate.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The wind's mournful tune stirred up the discontent of the unfulfilled desires of his youth.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The dizzying heights had been her home for so long that when the adulation finally dried up she shot back to earth in a blaze of cocaine, pills, and alcohol.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Here's the secret to a happy life," the old man said, leaning in conspiratorially, "a good woman to love, a comfortable chair, a dog at your feet, a decent book to read, and a pipe in the evening."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The sound of the ice-choked river—cracking, roaring, shifting, sliding—seemed to echo through the eons, viscerally connecting him to the ancient past.

Monday, January 9, 2017

We snickered at her homemade dress and scuffed shoes but not a one of us could deny she was the most beautiful creature who ever set foot in the county.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bill's boy went from the terrible twos to the tyrannical tens to the fascist forties, or so the rest of the family felt.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Frank liked life in the gutter since there was no chance of falling any further and all that was left was up.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Through the web of memory she reached back to touch the face of her mother, trying to remember every line, angle, ridge, and contour.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The only question, William believed, was whether to accept the inevitable and get along as best you could or to take up arms in a vain attempt at revolution, but neither choice seemed tenable.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Through the silently rolling fog I could just make out the half-frozen creek and the mountains beyond.

Monday, January 2, 2017

In the twilight hours between dreams came the niggling demons well versed in woe making.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

As the hangover began to lift, the fear of the future began to sink in.