Category Archives: Folk tales and stories

The Donald and Me, and Salma

By Bruce A. Smith If the 2016 election wasn’t shocking enough, I was stunned even further when I read in the media aftermath that Donald J. Trump had tried to date the same woman that I had attempted to in … Continue reading

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Slogging through the Amazon Swamp – True Survival Stories from the World of Self-Publishing

Bruce A. Smith It all began with a manuscript. I was a former newspaper reporter with a good story – the iconic tale of the famous skyjacker DB Cooper. The manuscript had a 32-page treatment that I sent to the … Continue reading

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Mythologist Michael Meade offers help in a time of crisis

By Bruce A. Smith  As Superstorm Sandy upends our world and seems a capstone to a growing list of global disasters like the economic collapse of 2008, local author Michael Meade shares words of advice in his new book, Why … Continue reading

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Grandpa’s Medicine Staff, a story by author Wayne Cooke of Graham

~ Note:  This is a fictional story by Wayne Cooke, inspired by his relatives of the Klallam tribe, and their late dad, Loren Cooke, who needed Rob.  Synopsis:  Grandpa was the tribal shaman (doctor) for his tribe on the Washington … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Cate Montana – “A Fish in Water”

by Cate Montana Special to the Mountain News  I was at a good friend’s wedding recently.  It was post-nuptials and post-dinner and people were having a good time on the outdoor dance floor.  Taking a breather, I retreated to an … Continue reading

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Guest author, Barbara Jean Heller: “Shira”

a short story: My name is Shira.  It means “song.”  I am fourteen years old.  If you had taken my picture five years ago, you would have seen a different face, a face with eyes dead as a fish and … Continue reading

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Going back home for Christmas

by Bruce A. Smith  As I write this story, I’m also preparing to get on an airplane tomorrow and fly back to New York to gather up Mom and then on Friday, Dec 23, head to Boston to see my … Continue reading

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