Spirit of the Season, A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part Three)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— but the greatest of these is love." Part 3: Love The phone rang as he returned to the counter. “24-7 Shoppe. How can I help you?” “Daddy?” The childish voice was hollow and faint, an unmistakable tone of loss managing to permeate both syllables. An icy chill …

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Spirit of the Season: A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part Two)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— and the greatest of these is love." Part 2: Faith Alonzo stared at the floor for some time before emerging from his stupor. Every time the door shuddered in its frame, he jumped, but as the minutes passed and nothing happened, he slowly relaxed. Alright. So it …

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Spirit of the Season: A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part One)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— but the greatest of these is love." Part 1: Hope The front windows of 24/7 Shoppe rattled as the rimy wind screamed outside, and Alonzo Giaccini shivered as he wrung out his mop. It was bad enough to be working late Christmas Eve for minimum wage, but …

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My Sister is a Disney Princess (or) Happy Birthday

Yes, you read that correctly. The title should be self-evident: my sister is a full-fledged, flesh-and-blood Disney princess. No, she isn't a voice for any of them. Nor is she a cast member at Disneyland. She's just a real-life Disney princess. And I'll explain how, in honor of her birthday, which occurred this week. 1: …

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Advent 2021: Week 3, Joy

Joy. That's what children think about when they think Christmas. Unbridled, almost manic joy, taking delight in what and who we have about us. Anticipation, expectation, and no-holds-barred seizing of any opportunity to dwell on it, indulge in preparatory measures, etc. They know how to enjoy something. What happens between then and adulthood? Not that …

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Advent 2021: Week 2– Peace

Peace (noun) 1: a state of tranquility or quiet: such as: a: freedom from civil disturbance "Peace and order were finally restored in the town."b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom "a breach of the peace"2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions "I have been in perfect peace and contentment" —J. H. …

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The Season of Gratitude Starts… When?

Next Thursday, in my home country of the United States, the national holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated. Naturally, I thought I'd make something of a festive post; it got me thinking. For most holidays, stores break out in thematically-appropriate goods weeks, nay, months before the day, in order to rake in as much gain as …

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Cat Leap— A Treat (or Trick!) for some extra-special readers (who might, like me, stay indoors).

Detective Smith stared through the window. How old was she? Fourteen?  The girl fidgeted, wrapping the trauma blanket tighter, all the while staring with tear-stained eyes at the walls of the interrogation room. His partner, Garrety, introduced himself, then took a seat. “Please state your name for the record, miss.” “Millie Drake, sir.” “And what …

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

The time of year is upon us when most gather supplies for Halloween:- Costume materials of various kinds, or full costumes (For those who don't like to make them).- Candy (Or other things to distribute. Some people are really anti-candy, for weird reasons. I'm looking at you, extreme dentists and vegans! Some are legitimately trying …

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