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  2. Camy


    Lovely! 'Marshall' is a well observed and life affirming short from Grant Bentley - who has an uncanny knack of writing great stories. Read it here.
  3. A six-week art buying trip to Europe has been a disaster for George. The art has been bad, the boys have been worse. At a party, which he was wishing he had missed, things suddenly start to look up, or do they?
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  5. If you try to post something on the forum, and it looks like it didn't take or you received an error message, highlight and copy the content of your post (just to be sure you don't lose it!) and refresh your browser. The post will be displayed if it actually posted; in the rare circumstance that it isn't displayed, you can start a new post and paste the content you saved, and try again. Colin
  6. This wonderful story brought me to tears, with its bittersweet themes of lost childhood, lost opportunity, a budding romance that never had a chance to blossom into maturity. Bravo!
  7. The time, certainly. You're both the same age, and the only ones I know here who are older than I am. As long as you two keep thriving, I have to, too. Competition, you know? This is an excellent story. And I remember those times, too. Such a long time ago now. And I remember the uncertainly and lack of information and nowhere to turn. I'm not sure how we ever ended up with sex ed in the schools. It certainly would face a hard fight these days. I think it's one of the great things that happened for kids. Wish we'd had it when I was young. C
  8. Thank you Merkin and Trab. Merkin, do you literally mean you were contemporary to the time and place? If so, please email me. Alan
  9. This is a known problem that others have noted. I guess it only happens to some people (myself being one of them). R
  10. There certainly were loose ends. The bad guy focus completely shifted, and the events of the final chapter could use some explanation. R
  11. When trying to post my Marshall post I kept getting a notice saying there was an error and it couldn't be posted. Imagine my surprise later. But then I couldn't figure out how to delete the extra posts. 😢
  12. Trab


    A nice story, making me wish my own youth had been more like that than it actually was. 👍
  13. We have a very particular Siamese who rules the roost. 1-3 and 6-7 are spot on - except it was Spode and not Doulton. I wouldn't dare take her to the vets as she'd never speak to us again. They don't like it. Why should they? They didn't give permission to be assaulted by their serfs.
  14. Wow. This story almost forced me to binge read, but I needed a few hours of sleep. Combining nicely into the Border Wolves 'universe', it was a sheer pleasure to read. As an added bonus there are deliberate loose ends (hints) to which new stories can be attached.
  15. It's wonderfully written, and evoked memories of lakes and storms and climbing hills, but since I never sang or went to church that part didn't do much for me. Maybe it's just me, but I finished the story with a rather somber subdued sorrow.
  16. I am almost exactly contemporary with the time and places detailed in Alan’s fine story “Sing to the Lord” and reading it brought a tear to my eye and an ache to my heart. I am not qualified to comment on the details of the musical center of the story except to say that it rings completely true to the experience of my own failed high-church boyhood. But if you are interested in what it was like for young, emotionally confused boys in the 1950s trying to understand their feelings within a context of complete ignorance and lack of information or support, this short tale is based completely on the reality of those times. If you are old enough to remember, I’m sure it will bring an ache to your heart, too.
  17. Life Can Be Lonely ~ Chapter 2 of a Novel by Colin Kelly. What is it like when those closest to you are not there any longer? The Barn ~ Chapters 8 and 9 of a Novel by Cole Parker. New town. New life. Opportunities afresh. Only thing is, you’re still you. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. JJ and the 'Boys' ~ A Short Story by Camy. JJ has a problem – life is never simple at boarding school. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  18. 🤣 That's one of the reasons why we don't have a cat. Or a dog. There's another option to give the pill to your cat. It will be somewhat more expensive, but it will not require that you schedule a visit to the emergency care department at your local hospital: 1. Take the cat to the animal hospital, making sure to bring the cat's pills with you. 2. Leave the cat with the veterinarian with instructions that he or she should give the cat it's pill after you've left. 3. Avoid gasping when you're told how much it is going to cost. 4. Leave the animal hospital and return home. 5. Do not return to the animal hospital to pick up your cat for at least one week, or whatever amount of time is necessary to insure that the cat will have forgotten that you're the one who brought it to the animal hospital. 6. At this point you are allowed to gasp when you're told how much this is costing you. 7. Pay by credit card; you probably don't carry that much cash with you. Colin
  19. So much truth there! When I was nobbut a lad, I came across a book called ‘How to live with a Calculating Cat’. There was a pill fight in there where the author said the only way to play the game was to cheat: grind the pill up and dust it on the cat’s fur, the cat will then wash itself ingesting the powdered pill. There was a companion book ‘How to live with a Neurotic Dog’. The dog was probably neurotic because it lived with the cat.
  20. It's hardly any easier taking charge of badly matted hair, and the cat has that pair of scissors conveniently at hand.
  21. 1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of the cats mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. 2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. 3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away. 4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten. 5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call someone to help. 6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged between knees. Hold front and rear paws firmly. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get helper to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down and rub cats throat vigorously. 7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail. Get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Royal Doulton figures from hearth and set to one side for gluing later. 8. Wrap cat in large towel and get helper to stretch out flat on top of the cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw. Force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw. 9. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans. Drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band Aid to helpers forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap. 10. Retrieve cat from neighbours shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band. 11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check record for date of your last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom. 12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap. 13. Tie cats front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed, force cats mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour pint of water down throat to wash pill down. 14. Get helper to drive you to the accident and emergency hospital. Sit quietly while Doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnant from right eye. Stop at furniture shop on the way home to order a new tabel. 15. Arrange for ASPCA to find a new home for cat and call local pet shop to see if they have any guinea pigs.
  22. No, I'm not going to your damn dogs funeral, Weirdo. My cat's getting married that day.
  23. Ate a bottle of Flintstone Vitamins. Threw my father like a football.
  24. I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I read this description of the college roommate: “He was a pleasant-enough guy, but anxious about things, not laid back like I was. He worried a lot . . . .” Sheesh. This from someone who can’t seem to tell his brain to chill. R
  25. Very nice... and apropos in the month we featured Chris James' Exit series as Dude's Picks. ☺️
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