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  1. Swedish Pronoun: Hen

    Thanks for that, Addym. I like ‘hen’ because I‘d like English to have gender-neutral pronouns in addition to the many gender-specific pronouns which we have already. We have ‘they’ but that's a plural pronoun and whenever I'd try to use it as a singular pronoun (since there's nothing else lying around that can be used) I'd get shot down by my teachers in middle and high school and my instructors in college. Colin
  2. Kill the Indian — Save the Child ~ A Novella by Grant Bentley. This is Askuwheteau’s story. His life before being forced to attend Our Lady of Peace Indian Residential School. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 14 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. A Halloween Surprise ~ This story is only incidentally a Halloween story. It’s much more, a story about why friendship is so important even when two friends haven’t seen each other for two years. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  3. Gull Island Light

    A very meaningful story. It's not often there's a story in AwesomeDude (or Codey's World) written about the Indians who lived in America before anyone else arrived — and still live here, but under very different circumstances. Colin
  4. Tipping Crows ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. One of Tom’s chores irritates him. It’s what crows that fly over his yard do. He gets a clever idea — he will find a way to keep the crows away. His mom thinks it’s a good idea. Doing it turns out to be complicated. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 13 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. A Zombie Valentine ~ A Short Story by Gee Whillickers. It’s Halloween and Val has five problems. First, his nickname Val is short for Valentine. Second, Halloween sucks when you’re fifteen. Third, he’s going to a party stag. Fourth, he’s going to the party as a Zombie. Fifth, he sees another guy in the same Zombie costume. Can anything good come of this combination? Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  5. Updated 10/07 Another Summer in Georgia ~ Chapters 9 and 10 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. When these two get together, anything can happen, and usually does. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 11 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. Now that Halloween is approaching, over the next four weeks we will feature a story appropriate for the holiday. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Halloween Bash ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Darryl is watching a water polo match. Jason sits next to him and says water polo is the best sport for scoping out the really hot guys. Now Darryl is... confused. Updated 10/07 The House ~ A Short Story by Cole Parker. Parents always tell their kids that Halloween isn’t a contest to see who will get the most candy. Their kids always ingore them. But sometimes that can cause problems. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  6. Another Summer in Georgia ~ Chapter 9 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. When these two get together, anything can happen, and usually does. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 12 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Now that Halloween is approaching, over the next four weeks we will feature a story appropriate for the holiday. Halloween Bash ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Darryl is watching a water polo match. Jason sits next to him and says water polo is the best sport for scoping out the really hot guys. Now Darryl is… confused. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  7. Another Summer in Georgia ~ Chapters 7 and 8 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. When these two get together, anything can happen, and usually does. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 11 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. From the Mind of a Child ~ A Novel by Grant Bentley. Thoughts on the beach, from two perspectives. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  8. Buffalo Wild Wing Disappointment

    James, as anyone who cooks up chickens in a Chinese restaurant will tell you, the beak isn't sharp enough or thin enough to pick your teeth. What you use are the feet. There are three toes per foot, and a claw on each toe. That's six per chicken. Lots of teeth picking with that bunch! And if you're wondering about the spur claw on each foot, those are cut off by the chicken processors. They just get in the way. Colin
  9. Coping with Irma!

    My aunt and cousin live in Alachua, Florida. It's about 20 miles north of Gainesville and/or 70 miles southwest of Jacksonville, sort of in the middle of the state east-to-west. They didn't have any flooding at their house, even though there was flooding in parts of Alachua. They didn't lose power, even though other parts of Alachua did. They were very lucky. Colin
  10. Welfare Info?

    Thanks for the recipe, James. We don't have any Maker's Mark, but we do have some Remy Martin brandy so I'll follow your recipe and use the brandy. I love bread pudding. Colin
  11. When the system fails a child

    I'd never heard of sepsis before reading this article. That a kid can die from a cut is really frightening and like Chris said, very sad! When I was in high school we always thought it was weird that no matter how small a cut or scrape we got in PE, we'd be sent to see the nurse. The only problem is the nurse could only give external medication. So if someone had a deep cut or a large scrape the nurse would call an ambulance and they'd be taken to the hospital. To us that always seemed stupid for two reasons: 1) "It's only a little cut!" but that didn't impress the nurse because it probably wasn't that little. 2) Kaiser Hospital was right across the street from my high school. Okay, across the street and a half a block north. Still, we could walk and be there faster than waiting for the ambulance to arrive at school. But, no way, we'd have to wait. After reading this article about what happened to this 12-year-old boy, I see why that was probably a good procedure for my high school to follow. Of course, in this boy's case the ER screwed up, too. Colin
  12. Another Summer in Georgia ~ Chapters 5 and 6 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. When these two get together, anything can happen, and usually does. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 10 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Bad Boy Gone Good ~ A Novel by Colin Kelly. When you‘re a teenager it‘s easy to be led astray. What‘s hard is getting out of a bad situation. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  13. A friend sent me this joke. I never took Advanced Biology. Maybe I missed something... Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.' The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student was hard put to think of seven advantages. He wrote: 1) It is perfect formula for the child. 2) It provides immunity against several diseases. 3) It is always the right temperature. 4) It is inexpensive. 5) It bonds the child to mother and vice versa. 6) It is always available as needed. . . . And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test he wrote: 7) It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it. He got an A. Colin
  14. Taking a Taxi

    Another joke from the same friend: A woman and her 12-year-old son were riding in a taxi in Detroit. It was raining and all the prostitutes were standing under awnings. "Mom," said the boy, "what are all those women doing?" "They're waiting for their husbands to get off work," she replied. The taxi driver turned around and said, "Geez lady, why don't you tell him the truth? They're hookers, boy! They have sex with men for money." The little boy's eyes got wide and he asked, "Is that true, Mom?" His mother, glaring hard at the driver, answered, "Yes." After a few minutes the kid asked, "Mom, if those women have babies, what happens to them?" She replied, "Most of them become taxi drivers." Colin
  15. Death Takes a Vacation ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Everyone needs a vacation — even a Minion of Death. Another Summer in Georgia ~ Chapters 3 and 4 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. When these two get together, anything can happen, and usually does. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 9 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. So That We Live Together as One ~ A Poem by Ayushi Mehrotra. A statement about religions and wars and a cry for peace. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  16. Coping with Irma!

    I thought is was amusing that so many of the flamingos were looking in the mirror! Colin
  17. Taking a Taxi

    Actually, I've been spending too much time reading personal email! Colin
  18. Assault on the Constitution

    And Jacksonville, too, and that's on the north-east corner of Florida. Lots of major water damage. An Aunt and Cousin live in Alachua, FL. It's about 20 miles north of Gainesville. She sent pictures, one of which shows a house surrounded by water; I hope it isn't her house! They are supposed to be coming to the Bay Area at the end of next week. Now I'm not sure that they will make the trip. Colin
  19. Coping with Irma!

    MSNBC and CNN both ran stories several times about the zoo animals in Houston and in Miami and showed the flamingos in the men's room and other animals. Colin
  20. Contesting personal freedoms

    When I was in middle school and high school on the first day of each class the teacher would ask each of us if we wanted to be called using a nickname or our given name. I wrote a short story (Justin Case) about a teacher who might have been disciplined and the two students were moved to a different class with a different teacher (in the story; no teachers — or students — were, to my knowledge, actually harmed) for purposefully calling two students by names they found offensive. Colin Corrected on 9/6/2017 to change the teacher was fired to might have been disciplined and that the students were moved to a different class with a different teacher. I should have reread my story before posting!
  21. Another Summer in Georgia ~ Prologue and Chapters 1 and 2 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. When these two get together, anything can happen, and usually does. Brett and Trey's Story ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. Brett and Trey teach us a bit about what real love is after Trey comes out. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 8 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Silent Summer Sisters ~ A Poem by Heather Rose Brown. Sometimes, a gesture can reach the heart of someone you love where the most eloquent words would fail. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  22. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 7 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. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Bad Haircut ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Cory is six years old and doesn't want to get a haircut, so he decides to do something about it. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  23. Arkadelphia Plantation by Sequoyah

    Ditto and for sure! Colin
  24. Day Off...Cleaning...24

    LOL!
  25. Day Off...Cleaning...24

    Your message about a messy house is funny because I am writing a story and the teenage protagonist Steve has this dialogue talking to Jason, another kid at his high school: "...Most of my friends in Pleasant Hill were slobs. Clean clothes stacked on the furniture, dirty clothes on the floor, books and papers piled up everywhere. Phil, one of my friends, even had dirty dishes stacked on his desk and the floor. He was a total slob. His mom told him that she wasn't going to clean his room anymore. But he didn't clean it, either, until his mom would get his dad to take his laptop away from him until he cleaned his room. They did that every few weeks, usually when the smell got to them. Finally, I told him that we’d have to meet at my house since I couldn’t stand his mess. He just laughed and said that was fine with him, he couldn't stand his mess, either." Actually, I understand Phil. It's a boy thing. When I was in middle school my folks forced me to keep my room clean and neat. The punishment was severe: no electronics of any kind, no TV, no going to a friend's house, until my room was clean and passed inspection. It only took one time to convince me! That's also a boy thing. Colin