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  2. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 5 of a Novel by Cole Parker. Sometimes the kids don’t like a teacher. Sometimes a teacher doesn’t like the kids. That could be. . . awkward. Reality Dreaming ~ A Short Story by William King. "If we get to choose, I can only hope I'm as lucky the next time around." Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Escaping Katrina ~ A Novella by Colin Kelly. Cody Williams was living with his Granny in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck and devastated the city, disrupting his life. This is the story of how he escaped Katrina, how he was helped by a stranger, and how he found a new family, a new friend, and a new relationship. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
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  4. Italian Confessional

    Good one! C
  5. Italian Confessional

    Italian Confessional An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession in 1960. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said: "Father, during World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic." The priest replied: "That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that." "There is more to tell, Father. She started to repay me with sexual favors. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays." The priest said, "That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger, but two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven." "Thank you, Father. That is a great load off my mind. I do have one more question." "And what is that?" asked the priest. "Should I tell her the war is over?"
  6. An Owl On My Sceptre, by Joe

    This story has great possibilities. C
  7. Website background Theme

    The theme button you refer to has always been there as it is part of the programing. As far as the location, that can vary in location depending upon the skin being viewed.
  8. Refugee by William King

    The next two chapters 3 and 4 of Refugee deal with the sexual exploitation of children by aid workers. I recognise that this is a difficult subject, it is however intrinsic to the storyline, and whilst fictional, it is founded in reality. I transposed the events reported by UNHCR in 2002, concerning child sex abuse in African refugee camps to Syria and in this work of fiction the victims are boys rather than girls. If perhaps you might be thinking that is a long time ago, then this information gives a brief summary of the situation continuing forward: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_exploitation_and_abuse_in_humanitarian_response I wanted to include this aspect to the story. The exploitation of vulnerable minors, both sexual and otherwise is a continuing theme, along with their struggle to reach Europe and safety. It is not an easy read, but I make no apology for that, it is a fictional reflection on events taking place in the world we live in.
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    I was reading an interesting thread from sometime back - - and came across the problem of the website background (white text on black) making some parts of what was written unreadable. I noticed that back then people also commented about not being able to read it. I don't know if you always had the little link, bottom left of the page, that allows you to switch off the background Theme and choose Default, black text on white background. Anyway, I thought it worth a mention, because it's not too obvious that you can do this or where to find it. The black bacground does make some text on parts of the website unreadable.
  10. An Owl On My Sceptre, by Joe

    Wow! Heck of an opener. Can't wait for more.
  11. Two "newsish" issues

    Teacher pupil relationships are a difficult and delicate subject, because one, they revolve around 'abuse of a position of trust' and two, they may involve 'under age sexual relations'. Having stated that, every case is different, and there do exist such relationships founded in love that endure a lifetime. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with a relationship between two people with a big age gap. It is against the law for a teacher and pupil to be in a relationship, but what I would like to say is that it is not always right to condemn all such relations. The French president married his teacher, a woman twenty years his senior. I worked some years ago with a young lady over a long period on a project together, during which time I shared with her being gay, and she in turn explained how she had met and fallen in love with her husband whilst still at school, when he was her teacher. Their relationship was at first conducted in secret, because of the dire consequences if it were discovered. Nevertheless, they carried on a sexual relationship until such time as they could get married. There is a need to protect 'children' but we should not deny them the right to determine their own lives. We want to protect, not destroy their futures.
  12. Scammers on the phone

    We have our home phone service through our cable company. As a result we can use a wonderful free tool called Nomorobo. It detects robocallers and when one calls us our phone rings only once because Nomorobo has intercepted the call. They don't block charities, and you can specify if they are to block political calls on your phone (we do). They have a service for iOS and one coming soon for Android. I don't get robocalls on my cellphone; I have an Android phone and T-Mobile is our provider and we were told they automatically block robocalls. Nomorobo makes their money by selling their services to businesses. Colin
  13. An Owl On My Sceptre, by Joe

    And with that last line, I think I'm already in love with Colin!
  14. I think, after reading the first chapter, it's safe to say that Joe has hit a home run with this tale. I absolutely cannot wait for the next chapter. He's got fourteen year olds down pat, and apparently he's very familiar with owls (wait for it... that's a 14 year old's joke).
  15. Featured Author Joel

    Joel is certainly an imaginative writer, and a lovely correspondent via email. The St. Marks series and its spinoffs represent quite a saga, extending over more than a century. Reading that oeuvre would be a project of many weeks if not months. I think I have read everything he has posted here except the last chapter of Jamie. R
  16. Scammers on the phone

    There are certainly a battalion of these scammers extant. I haven't been lucky enough to be approached by Microsoft; instead, I get a rather relentless assault from the IRS. Numerous phone calls. 'This is the IRS. We're notifying you that we're filing a lawsuit against you. If you would like to discuss this matter, please call *** *** ****.' The IRS doesn't call people like that. These people do, and they're assiduous. I don't call them; in fact, I don't answer my phone. Every call gets screened, and I pick one up very seldom. I get twenty calls from business or charities or such for every personal one. Letting everything go to the machine and listening while the caller delivers his spiel saves me lots of time and even more irritation. Most callers don't even leave a message. They just hang up. Then call some other supposed sucker. C
  17. Two "newsish" issues

    I think the point Chris R was making, though, was the possibility that some of these people were 'coming out' as a notoriety stunt rather than a true expression of their feelings. I read the Aaron Carter message and it sounded a little weird to me, the way he expressed it. I think Chris's comment could have some veracity in it. Once famous, the urge to stay that way is profound, and the loss of it feels catastrophic. C
  18. Two "newsish" issues

    Sex scandals always grab space in the news, and what young man hasn't had that Hot for Teacher moment while in school? Of course, mine was the fantasy I had about my Civics teacher, Mr. H while in eighth grade. He was such a handsome man and smelled delightful. But in the hetero world, boys crush on teachers all the time. Most of these attractive women ought to understand a relationship would be unacceptable. I suppose being the object of a boy's desires is just too much for some of these teachers and that is why there are such strict rules about student/teacher contact. In the man with boy scenario, we always look at the man as the aggressor. In the woman with boy, I would guess that a major factor might be the boy's aggression, or at least his willingness to participate. Society is long past the wink, wink stage of acceptance when adolescent boys might earn a pat on the back for having a dalliance with an older woman. But teachers are not in the sex trade and so those who allow themselves to be caught up in sexcapades with students will pay a heavy price for that folly. As for the coming out: don't you think that being in the closet is far worse? Back in the day these stars had managers, handlers and studio pressure to maintain the image...they did what they were told. Fans equal money, and negative publicity endangered that formula. Now many of us in society see that there are far worse issues in the world of the famous than being gay. It has to be easier to come out when your name isn't top of the list anymore. I wish Mr. Carter lots of luck.
  19. Two "newsish" issues

    Two things in the news this week have grabbed my attention for less-than-stellar reasons and I just wonder why some things change and others stay the same. The two issues are fairly unrelated except in their time frame. For starters, there were [at least] two national news articles about teen boys being molested by their female middle/high school teachers. But as has been the story for years, the incidents are not known as "rape" or "molestation". Oh no. These cases are defined as a "romp" and a "tryst" for the boys. Considering that, had genders been reversed, there's no doubt it would have been universally decried as "RAPE!" - is it me or is there a pretty serious dichotomy here? The second item is a rather sharp upturn in well-known performers coming out of their respective closets and announcing their... flexibility?... in gender identification. What has me mildly curious is the fact that several of these "newly out" folks are people who seem more interested in restarting their stalled careers, such as Aaron Carter and Thomas Dekker. Now that "Gay, Etc." is seen as positive, how much is real and how much is simply casting a wider net for fans?
  20. Scammers on the phone

    I get these calls, as I am sure you do, with someone claiming to be with the "Windows Security Office." Not very original and plain dumb considering Microsoft doesn't know who I am...and I never give them my name. I generally lie and say I have Apple products, or better, I thank them for the information they want to impart but could they please call me at the office...and then I give them the phone number of the local FBI office. Today's scam call was from someone telling me my Microsoft Windows license had expired. That was so absurd I just hung up on them. I don't know who writes their scripts, but the accents are generally foreign. I just don't have the patience to deal with these clowns anymore.
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  22. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 4 of a Novel by Cole Parker. Sometimes the kids don’t like a teacher. Sometimes a teacher doesn’t like the kids. That could be. . . awkward. The Problem ~ A Short Story by Gee Whillickers. Curt finds that recovery requires family and friends. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Dear God ~ A Short Story by Graeme. A small child’s prayer asking God for something very special. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  23. Dramatic things do happen. You might be rolling casually along and then find out that you won the lottery. Or, you might be coasting through life and your greatest immediate worry is the likelihood of a explaining a "C" in physics to your parents. And then you discover that you will be king. Come along and see how Justin Allison-Fielding handles that situation in 'An Owl on My Sceptre' this coming Saturday.
  24. Nickels and Dimes by Cole Parker

    Thanks, guys. C
  25. Featured Author Joel

    Evidently the forum's housekeeper came in with her dustpan and broom because only one posting is now available. I'll second your comments on Joel. He's a very compelling writier! C
  26. Nickels and Dimes by Cole Parker

    This story truly spoke to me and affected me deeply. Cole's stories are so great because there is always something in them that helps the reader, speaks to the reader, finds something inside the reader that responds and grows as a result of reading his story. This is one of his best--but then, I always say that.
  27. Featured Author Joel

    Congratulations to the Featured Writer for August, Joel! He is an excellent choice! His work is excellent. Tom Browning's School Days is a delight for anyone who enjoys the canon of the English Public School story. His attention to detail and the historical research and the references to scientific work and studies occurring at the time of the story are remarkable and delightful to read. Strong characters and an engaging plot. I've already sung this story's praises, so let me also praise Mystery and Mayhem at St. Mark's, a story set at Cambridge University, and Flip's Tale. Joel is a great choice for this month's featured writer.
  28. Featured Author Joel

    Congratulations to the Featured Writer for August, Joel! He is an excellent choice! His work is excellent. Tom Browning's School Days is a delight for anyone who enjoys the canon of the English Public School story. His attention to detail and the historical research and the references to scientific work and studies occurring at the time of the story are remarkable and delightful to read. Strong characters and an engaging plot. I've already sung this story's praises, so let me also praise Mystery and Mayhem at St. Mark's, a story set at Cambridge University, and Flip's Tale. Joel is a great choice for this month's featured writer.
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