Fiction Friday: Fables

Posted Feb 26 2010 in

A fable is a brief story which features animals, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature, giving them human characteristics, generally including the power of speech, and ending in a moral or maxim. We all know this, right? We grew up on Aesop and Uncle Remus, after all. But can you write one? Last Week’s […]

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Web Wednesday: Old Joke #30

Posted Feb 24 2010 in ,

I received this one from my cousin-by-marriage, Phillip, who was also the pastor who tied the knot between Old Dog and me. Bubba and Billy are driving down the road, drinking beer, when they spot a roadblock in the distance. “Oh, shit, we’re gonna get busted!” says Billy. “Don’t worry,” says Bubba. “I got a […]

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Goodbye, Jason W

Posted Feb 22 2010

It was a name I hadn’t heard, or thought of, in 20 years, but back when my kids (my daughter and my stepson at that time) were in high school, Jason was over at our place a lot. I have no older brothers or male cousins, so teenage boys, as a species, were new to […]

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Snow Snorkeler

Posted Feb 19 2010

No Fiction Friday today, because I had tickets to see Wicked last night. (Fact about me: I’m a total Wizard of Oz freak. Which makes me, in turn, a huge fan of Elphaba’s story.) Instead, I will share the picture of a snow snorkeler my cousin Phillip sent me. Anyone care to guess just how […]

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Web Wednesday: Scholar Ladies

Posted Feb 17 2010

The original of this song purported to be about feminine empowerment. This one really is!

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Old Joke #29: Sven and Ole

Posted Feb 15 2010

For those of you who’ve never lived in or near Minnesota, Ole and Lena jokes are ubiquitous up there. This is the first one I’ve ever seen featuring Sven…. Ole and Sven are sitting in a boat, fishing and drinking beer, when Sven says, “I think I’m gonna divorce my wife. She ain’t spoke to […]

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Fiction Friday: The M.I.C.E. Quotient

Posted Feb 10 2010

Developed by sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card, the M.I.C.E. quotient says that every work of fiction has four cornerstones: Milieu – a society or environment. Milieu stories often begin with the arrival of a stranger (who will see the environment with different eyes than long-time residents)or the departure of the protagonist from his home (to […]

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Web Wednesday: Billy Connolly

Posted Feb 10 2010 in

This was Rachel (of Rachel’s Ramblings) second comic recommendation. If you’ve ever had a colonoscopy (This blog is called The Raisin Chronicles for a reason.), this will bring back memories of something that wasn’t nearly this funny when it happened to you. Note: If you’re easily offended, you may wish to give this a miss.

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Old Joke #28

Posted Feb 8 2010

A group of 40 year old buddies discuss where they shouldmeet for dinner for their annual get-together. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at theChalet restaurant because the waitresses there have low cutblouses and nice boobs. 10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group meets againand once again they discuss […]

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Fiction Friday: Story in NYC

Posted Feb 5 2010

I grew up in the lower middle class, in a neighborhood populated by Appalachians who streamed north from Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee during World War II in search of work. They found it in the Dayton factories churning out airplane engines for the war effort. It was a pretty neighborhood when I was a […]

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