• Rose petals withered
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    Her silver permed curls moved across her wrinkled face in the afternoon breeze. Rosie’s life, filled with pain and longing, flooded her mind as she watched the afternoon sun fall from the sky. She enjoyed sunsets. It was the memories of her past that were unpleasant. Why couldn’t she remember what she ate for breakfast ...
  • Full moon with werewolf
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    The midnight air cooled with the chill of a slight breeze as it wormed its path through the oak trees. The cloudy sky, with a full moon shining sporadically through bare limbs, made for an eerie sight. I could pick up the faint mirth of children as they marched down the street, crossing lawns to ...
  • Worried looking woman
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    Fear, the smell and taste of fear, can be distinct. Where it may be different for everyone, I could describe my experience as unique. The pungent order of sauerkraut cooking on the stove is how I remember it. The taste, well, it nauseated me. Acrid, bitter, with a dash of pepper, made my tongue and ...
  • bloody knife
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    In the early morning of Friday, September 4, 1964, in Great Falls, Montana, James and Lois Arrotta tragically lost their lives, leaving seven children, ages six months to twelve years, orphaned. James Arrotta was the general manager of the Super Save grocery store in town, while Lois was a housewife, who took care of her ...
  • Elderly woman holding a picture of her younger self
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    Most of us will agree we don’t want to grow old. Of course, we never think that when we are young.  Growing up, I wasted my years away, always wishing to be older.  First, it was, I can’t wait to be ten. Ten was a double-digit. Then it was, I can’t wait until I’m sixteen. ...
  • Image of a dolphin in the ocean jumping in front of a full moon
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    In March 2020, my husband and I planned a vacation in the Florida Keys. It was his first trip and my second visiting the Keys. We packed up our bikes and headed down to the condo we had rented. The plan was to meet some friends who had flown down from New Jersey. They rented ...
  • Cherub with candle
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    As Lucy sat at her computer staring at the blank document on her screen, her mind wandered. What would she write next? She pondered as she heard the squeak of her office door. It swayed closed from the gentle breeze from the open window. Or the popping on the wood floor as if someone walked ...
  • foggy road
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    Graveyard stories have fascinated me for years ever since hearing the story about The Lady in White, who walks down Route 28 in New Jersey, wearing a long, flowing white dress.
  • Incubus on top of sleeping woman The Nightmare
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    Incubus Be Gone Every morning for two weeks, I’ve awakened at 3:21 a.m. out of a dead sleep. My throat, parched, I reach for my Yeti cup filled with ice water.
  • homeowners association greenhouse
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    Several years ago, my husband and I decided to move from a high elevation in the Rocky Mountains to the coastal area of Georgia. We visited the area we thought we wanted to retire several times before making a final decision. It happens the house we fell in love with was in a homeowner’s association ...