The Pen. Mightier than the word?

When The Pen was born it was placed in an elegant coffin. As it came to its senses it found out that it was immobile, held in place around the waist by an ivory-coloured band in the middle of a ivory-coloured velvet-cushioned box. At a 45 degree angle, The Pen watched...

What’s in a name

Two weeks ago I was peacefully watching TV when the phone rang. It was a 1-800 number. Usually I do not pick up marketing calls. That day I was indulgent. I took the call. “Hello”, I put on my booming, deep, scary voice. A female voice spoke back to me in...

This business of marriage

As a prank, my friends published a classified ad in the newspaper [That was the eighties!]. The ad gave my skinny profile and postal address under the title, ‘Wife wanted’. Over the next couple of weeks, I received many letters. Most said the same thing,...

Mistress of my soul

On the night of last thanksgiving I woke up at three in the morning with palpitations. My heart was pounding. I was gasping for breath. I could feel the acidity in my mouth. My hands were clammy. There was a thin film of sweat on my forehead. My body was on fire. That...

Holiday blues!

The day I was invited to four Christmas parties may go down in history as the day my weighing scale broke down and cried. That night I stood over OhMy!, the weighing scale in my bathroom, for a long time thinking “should I take its taunt and step up to the...
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