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My Life as a Shopping Mall Santa Claus – more tales from the Moth Story series

By Bruce A. Smith The first job I got when I moved to Yelm, Washington from my home in New York was working as a shopping mall Santa Claus. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving in 1991, I pulled four-hour shifts … Continue reading

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Barbsie Comes Home for Christmas – a submission to the Moth Story series

By Bruce A. Smith This story is my account of becoming aware of loving someone – in this case my sister – for the first time in my life. In the fall of 1958, when she was five and I … Continue reading

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Understanding New York Lingo

By Bruce A. Smith To better understand the lyrics in Alicia Keyes’ songs and other New York-based musicians, and to know where the action is talking place in about half of the cop shows on TV, ie: Law and Order, … Continue reading

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14th Annual EXPO coming to Graham

Proudly Announcing: 14th Annual EXPO Graham-Kapowsin Community Council ‘Feed the Children’ Fundraiser & Fun-Run / Walk WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am-3pm. WHERE: Graham Elementary School, 10026 204th St. E. Graham, WA 98338. Each year the G-KCC sponsors this Expo … Continue reading

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What To Say When Your Therapist Tells You You’re Her Craziest Patient – more from Campfire Tales: True Stories Not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith I have always believed in UFO’s, even as a little kid. In fact, I have always thought it odd that others don’t. My fellow true believers and I have a few theories that we place a … Continue reading

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Gottman and Beck Find a Bear in their Bed – from Campfire Tales: True Stories Not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith Gottman and Beck were two fourteen-year old guys that I traveled with on a cross-country Boy Scout trip in 1966. We journeyed to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico from our homes on Long Island, … Continue reading

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“North to Chibougamou,” an account of seeking refuge in Canada; from Campfire Tales – True Stories Not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith If you travel due north from New York City the road eventually ends 750 miles later in a little mining town called Chibougamou. In fact, when I traveled there in 1969 the last 150-mile stretch of … Continue reading

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