Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Short Stories App For Android Phones Includes My Story "The Phone Call"

For someone who isn't sure about the computer at times, I have a story published on an app for Android phones. I've come a long way, baby. If I only knew what an app is?

More about A Quick Read. This unique project combines an Android phone app and on-line fiction. Both connect to the Internet, where they have an expanding database of short stories for you to enjoy.

My story, The Phone Call, has been included in their data base. To view my story click here, which will take you to their site. When you are on their home page, scroll down to the computor icon and click on it to see the list of stories broken down by categories. My story The Phone Call, is under the mystery section. Be sure to check out all the other stories and have a good read.

This photo is to show you what to look for on their home page, it does not link.

You can also click here to reach the stories index page.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Pharmacist

There are times I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of certain people in my life. Today was one of those days. I have known this man for over twelve years. He has always been like a friend. I once joked with him.
“You know more than my doctor does. Why didn't you go into the medical field?”
He smiled softly. “Because when I was in college I'd rather play than study.”
Well, I trust his advice more than my physician. He has filled my prescriptions while I was working and was one of the last big spenders. He was there to downplay my fears when I was shocked and dismayed at being laid off after ten years. He always was there to comfort me when I couldn't find a job. Sometimes I'm sure he was too busy to listen, but he did.
He's a young man with a lot of compassion. He knows my financial circumstances now that I'm living only on my Social Security.
I was desperately afraid of getting the shingles, but the prescription was so expensive I hesitated. When I heard from a friend whose shingles attack put her in the hospital for over two weeks, I hesitated no longer. At my age, the last thing I needed was another physical problem. So I decided my health was more important than my checking account. When I pulled out the debit card to pay for my prescription he told me had had already paid for it. His gift to me. I owed nothing.
Tears threatened to flow. WHY?
He explained that I was always cheerful in the face of adversity. That even when I had problems I would smile. I was one of the kindest, friendliest people he knew. He took my hand and squeezed it. I wanted to jump over the counter and hug him.
People like this are so rare. If you come across one, treasure that person. He or she is your earth angel.
May this year bring us all together as Americans, regardless of our political beliefs. God bless this nation.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Stories in So & So Magazine

The January-February issue of So & So Magazine has just come out. I am pleased to say it contains two of my stories: "Snorkling Mama" and "The Captain Who Went To War". I'm still hanging in there with my writing and hope to have more to share in 2013. Meanwhile, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!
About the magazine: THE OXFORD SO & SO is a bi-monthly  SOUTHERN   oriented journal of nostalgia, clean humor/satire, poetry, history, jokes, etc.  "SO & SO" is an acronym for "Southern Owned & Southern Operated."  A non-political, non-racist hard copy only.  Now entering our Fourth year!