Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash It only happened once. I swear it was only one lousy time. And I promise you it won’t happen again — not as long as I’m in charge. Darth Vader and GI Joe started it. Buzz Lightyear might claim he came up with the idea, but you know Buzz,… Continue reading True Confessions of an Action Figure
A Real-World Business Parable Photo by 13on on Unsplash Our summer here in the Northeastern United States has already been full of preposterous weather events — and we’re just entering hurricane season. We like to think we’re hardy types, but this happy delusion is being challenged by torrential rain, frequent thunderstorms, blazing heat, and high… Continue reading Who You Gonna Call When the Tree Comes Down?
Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash “Nina? Is that you?” The old woman’s voice quavered. Nina’s heart clenched. Iris had phoned her eighteen times this week and it was only Wednesday. Nina had talked with Iris every single day since Joe died. It started as a routine call to customer support. Iris phoned to have… Continue reading Giving Real Customer Support: A Story
Photo by OSPAN ALI on Unsplash His living nightmare Has taken his hard-earned place, Ruined everything. To everyone else, She’s a cute little baby: Look how sweet she is! She gazes wide-eyed At ill-wishing little boy, Envies his freedom. He sticks out his tongue. She startles, drools her awestruck. She laughs and he grins. His eagerly… Continue reading The Living Nightmare Laughs
Photo by Erick Zajac on Unsplash Let’s write love poems. Together — like we mean it. Why don’t you go first? She smiled and waited. He choked. Was she serious? One look said she was. I know it will stink, Watching for her reaction. I don’t do poems. But I do, she said. I’ll do words and you’ll… Continue reading Let’s Write a Love Poem
Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash They could have been real. That would have been something, right? Shocked themselves happy. Who’s to say what’s a happy ending? You are. Where you go, what you do, where you wind up and what you get to remember when you cannot get up and go any longer? You choose.… Continue reading They Could Have Been Real
Photo by Marjorie Bertrand on Unsplash Claire nudged Gillian. “Don’t look now,” she hissed. “Remember the one I told you about? The mother who puts her kid on a leash? That’s her. Sarah Something. She’s right there, at the counter.” Gillian nodded. Leaning back in her chair, she stretched her arms overhead, scanned the coffee shop… Continue reading That Cannot Be Right!