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Doctors Rx Us by Mike Rembis A day in the life of a Walk-In clinic. [13,092 words]
An Abstract Play by Ignatz Hockwitz A satire of a farce of a badly written play [604 words]
Eve's Birthday Surprise by Amarjit Bhambra A funny little play. [204 words]
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Third Interview With President Branch by Randall Barfield Here go the Pres. and Barabas(Barb) again. Give me a rating 1 to 10 on i... [536 words]
Illegalllll Immigrants Pu-Lease by Yessayana Hartfield This play is about a African American woman struggling to survive and take care... [454 words]
The Laundry Opera: Jean And Mags Meet by Nathan Aaron Weaver Sometimes people just don't know when to stop, do they? In this excert fr... [1,025 words]
Terence And Abelardo--Set Four by Randall Barfield - [1,652 words]
The Jubilee Surprise by Randall Barfield Perhaps daydreaming. (This was written first in 2002, of course.) Today, July 2005, I look... [514 words]
Mr. Nico's Monday A.M. Surprise by Randall Barfield Thus it was decreed: Woe unto all those ethically challenged! [633 words]
Mortimer's Mansion by Grace Thompson Five people stay at an eerie mansion. They all seem to have a good time except a murder happ... [1,613 words]
Terence And Abelardo--Set Three by Randall Barfield - [1,549 words]
Putting The Children First by Amanda L Bellamy A play concerned with childhood and how one persons experiences can effect the gener... [7,079 words]
Day In And Day Out by Alia Harold It's a short sweet play. [438 words]
Silid (10 Min Play) by Kris Diaz Uy Original Version of Silid in Filipino. [2,372 words]
Terence And Abelardo--Set Two by Randall Barfield Each set contains 4 shorts. [1,274 words]
Terence And Abelardo--Set One by Randall Barfield This is planned as a series of vignettes, each with its own title. Terence is fr... [971 words]
President Branch 1954 by Randall Barfield Pure innocence, of course, prevailed at that time, did it not? [313 words]
Cold Blood by James C Bernthal A short play of approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on acting styles, written for performance. F... [1,678 words]
The Fallen Angels by Shmuel Yacobi The Nathanble: The fallen angels expressed their 'original doubt'and asked the Creator whethe... [24,670 words]
A Royal Ring Up by Randall Barfield Is this anger on my part? What should I care? But anyway, here it is... [808 words]
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La Facultad by Roberto J Moreno It's a daily play in spanish. My grammar in spanish isn't all there. However, it is coherent. [1,424 words]
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Business Dinner by Browserman A very well-dressed and dignified executive arrives for dinner at an exclusive restaurant,and f... [3,844 words]
The Perfect Light by Taliesin Parikka A glassblower and his apprentice encounter a dark Power while lost in a forest. The must disc... [2,588 words]
A Man Of Misery by Hazli Ghazali A sad play, tells about family values, teach us on how to appreciate the value of our own famil... [1,184 words]
Aulora's Child by E Daugherty - [160 words]
Help Wanted by Everett An upscale restaurant is desperate to hire a janitor. [1,590 words]
The Artist by J Shartzer An aspiring artist visits a rich young woman's home. [687 words]
Weary Of Wearside Or Is There Life After Narddlesnu? by Nicholas M Fleischmann Comedy drama monologue about "Weary", a semi-employed elec... [13,859 words]
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Interview With The President
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Court by Bryce Martin Set in the present time in a courtroom. A small-cast, one short-act requiring about 16 minutes to perform... [478 words]
Marital Bliss, Yeah Right! by Sam Malone Hailey Mandelli returns home from Boston to attends her best friend's wedding, but u... [8,575 words]
Protestificationisms by Drew Michael Current A simple anti-war protest goes awry in front of a federal building. [1,032 words]
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Jimsonweed by Teresa Ann Salyer An ancient Native American Indian artifact is stolen from Dr. Ace Solana in New Mexico at an arc... [13,204 words]
Deceptions by Matthew Diamond A short play about a young boy named Tim who realizes that his reality may not be what it seems. [2,678 words]
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One More Chance by Lindsey M Downer One More Chance, is a story about a beautiful young girl named Alexandria who is torn from her ... [1,549 words]
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Baraba Falters(Barb)finally interviews President Branch. The President is, like a typical politician, quite difficult to pin down.
-US citizen living and working in the capital of Colombia, South America. Teaches EFL and IELTS, and TOEFL (any test prep). Proofreads English essays, theses, and books, etc. Private classes accepted. Also writes at abctales.com; microhorror.com; postcardshorts.com; authorsden.com. Contact: www.officeteachr.com
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2nd Interview With The President (Plays) It's Barb again and President Branch. I'll try. Hope somebody likes it. [1,300 words] [Humor]
A Colombia Hatred-Free (Poetry) Of course, it isn't just Colombia, is it? [52 words] [Writing Resource]
A Dream Comes True (Non-Fiction) This is nostalgia and reflection. It's a short piece of writing dedicated to young Rodger Wesley Beaver of Georgia who was killed by a "sheriff's deputy"(God protect us from those like him.) on Valen... [951 words] [Biography]
A Flower Today In Words (Poetry) - [40 words]
A Georgia Crossroads (Non-Fiction) Where does it lie? [325 words] [Writing Resource]
A Little Poem My Child (Children) - [79 words] [Humor]
A Matter Of Timing, Frankly (Short Stories) - [736 words] [Literary Fiction]
A Million Times Plus One (Poetry) I have never stopped loving the tune "A Whiter Shade of Pale." I heard it the first time at age 16 or 17. Here is a little piece I completed recently while listening to the song over and over. So, ... [234 words] [Relationships]
A Monster Of Monsters (Non-Fiction) Why did we ever let him get this far? [208 words] [Horror]
A Parent's Lament (Genres) Some say it's never too late. [260 words] [Teenage]
A Perfected Perpetuation Plan For Today's Young Yahoos (Poetry) No one has the right to rob a bank, but each has the right to draw up her/his floor plans for life. [219 words] [Writing Resource]
A Purple Jacket (Short Stories) - [494 words] [Motivational]
A Quiet House (Short Stories) - [257 words] [Teenage]
A Red May Rose For Thee (Poetry) - [45 words] [Motivational]
A Royal Ring Up (Plays) Is this anger on my part? What should I care? But anyway, here it is... [808 words] [Drama]
A Soldier's Letter (Poetry) Far from the familiar our words are often sweeter, are they not? [109 words] [Romance]
A Songbird's Intellect (Poetry) - [4 words] [Spiritual]
A Troubled Nation In Need Of Prayer And Soul-Searching: How To Repair It (Non-Fiction) Send you suggestions/contributions in 40 words or less to [email protected] Thank you. [89 words] [History]
A Visit (Short Stories) - [245 words] [Teenage]
About Daddy (1) (Non-Fiction) Daddy had his own emotional problems... [359 words] [Biography]
About Daddy Series (Non-Fiction) - [4,424 words] [Biography]
About Respect And Prestige (Non-Fiction) - [352 words] [Psychology]
Abrakadeebra: A Celebration Of Children's Verse No. 1 (Children) More fun little poems/verses for those special readers of mine. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know which ones need a bit of modification. Cheers. [2,799 words] [Humor]
Abrakadomebra: A 2nd Celebration Of Children's Verse (Children) More exciting(some are, anyway) little poems/verses about Frosty, Benny the Blackbird, Jack and Jill, etc. for children's laughter. Cheers. [2,349 words] [Humor]
Abrakadoobra: 100 Short Poems For Children (Children) Sometimes I enjoy writing or trying to write poems for children moreso than for adults. Would that be bad or good? Maybe neither. Please let me know which ones you or your kid likes or dislikes. I'... [3,527 words] [Fantasy]
Abrakadyebra: A Third Collection Of Children's Poems (Children) See, read and hear new poems about Frosty and Jack and Jill and others now! Cheers! [1,464 words] [Humor]
Abstinence (Poetry) - [18 words] [Psychology]
Adestes: Little Christmas Poems For Children (Children) Father Christmas/please be so kind/bring me a toy/one doesn't wind. [392 words] [Humor]
Advertising The Devil (Non-Fiction) "Serve the Lord with gladness..." not sadness, you dummy! [491 words] [Spiritual]
Aletha (Short Stories) . [330 words] [Teenage]
Ann Dunham: Busy Serving Others And Educating Her Kids (Children) If only she could see him now. [506 words] [Biography]
Ann Rule: The Lady Who Writes About Killers (Children) Talk about a busy life! Here's an example. [360 words] [Biography]
Another Prince Charles (Children) - [391 words] [Biography]
At Clarence's (Short Stories) - [290 words] [Teenage]
Back Through The Trees (Poetry) This evil took place both day and night. [50 words] [Motivational]
Bad SeŮorita (Songs) Am I a "real" songwriter? (Looking at this one, I hope not!) [103 words] [Humor]
Because His Skin Is Dark (Poetry) - [19 words] [Mind]
Bill Gaither: True Follower (Non-Fiction) - [641 words] [Biography]
Billy Graham: Man After God's Heart (Children) Who can count all his awards? [375 words] [Biography]
Billy Graham's Death (Non-Fiction) . [633 words] [Spiritual]
Blood (Poetry) - [30 words] [Horror]
Blubber, Blubber, Armchair Lubber (Essays) A short essay about the REAL truth behind dieting, etc. [870 words] [Self-Help]
Boy Child (Songs) These lyrics are new and go to the tune of 'Oh Danny Boy' or 'Londonderry Aire'. Something like that. I may do one more stanza. [99 words] [Spiritual]
Buenos Dias, Colombia (Not S Carolina!) (Non-Fiction) First-hand comments/observations of the country today and other days (with sugar, cream, and warts). This was a blog before anyone had ever heard of the term. [18,298 words] [Writing Resource]
Cam (Poetry) ...wound up twisted... [20 words] [Humor]
Carlos The Young Coffee Picker (Children) Carlos the young coffee picker Played a serenade Maria had just given birth Nine pounds the wee thing weighed! [564 words] [Humor]
Catch A Rising Star (Short Stories) "It's Luis, Jaime..." the old man stammered. [496 words] [Literary Fiction]
Cemetery Road (Short Stories) "What was that? There's someone out there," she exclaimed. [444 words] [Teenage]
Cindy's Fall (Short Stories) - [526 words] [Horror]
Colombia's On The Map (Poetry) How long is forty years, ma? [77 words] [Writing Resource]
Colombia's President Al Uribe (Children) - [493 words] [Biography]
Create, Create (Poetry) - [16 words] [Art]
Daddy And Me: Making The Rounds (Essays) A little wallow? [428 words] [Writing Resource]
Daddy, Can You Hear Me? (Short Stories) What would you do in this situation? [511 words] [Horror]
Daemons (Non-Fiction) Isn't British spelling more elegant sometimes? This piece of writing is about demons. We all have one or some of them inside us. They are the negative elements we cannot control very easily. The f... [2,678 words] [Psychology]
Daniel Coronell: Freedom Fighter (Children) He returned to his country determined more than ever. [420 words] [Biography]
Daring To Touch Saeed (Poetry) This piece is supposed to be about Flight 93. It's very hard to write about. If you've seen the movie, you've cried. Murderers, in my opinion, are spiritually or otherwise diseased, so, I think we ... [166 words] [History]
David's Letter--Bogota, Colombia (Non-Fiction) This is a true incident. It is not fiction. [551 words] [Self-Help]
Dear Detective Lovett (Short Stories) - [646 words] [Crime]
Decider (Poetry) This poem was composed after a slow reading of Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, the world's foremost crime writer. [169 words] [Crime]
Deleted (Poetry) - [18 words] [Literary Fiction]
Desire Of Flesh (Poetry) ...you're ferried by death. [41 words] [Mind]
Developed And Scary (Non-Fiction) . [400 words] [History]
Doctor's Orders (Poetry) A short poem about family camping. [198 words] [Writing Resource]
Don't Call Her First Lady (Songs) This is sort of a song-poem. It's not about the First Couple in Washington, in case you wonder. The rhythm is along the lines of Ray Charles' "Fool For Love". Have you heard it? [60 words] [Humor]
Don't Tell Anyone (Short Stories) - [258 words] [Horror]
Each A Star (Poetry) Dear Readers: This poem-story, sadly, is based on a true and recent incident near where we live. [40 words] [Spiritual]
Ephraim (Short Stories) - [443 words] [Literary Fiction]
Every Day We Pierce Him (Songs) The tune for this song is a Spanish church song titled "Llaga", which means open sore or wound. In the Spanish hymn book I have, the author is listed as anonymous. Anyway, here are some English lyric... [74 words] [Spiritual]
Everybody Loved Polly (Short Stories) I detest violence and violent people! [1,809 words] [Popular Fiction]
Find Myself (Songs) Tune: Largo from Dvorak's "New World Symphony". [57 words] [Romance]
Finding A Poem-Short Story Topic (Non-Fiction) What to write about? Where do I look? Who/What can help me? [552 words] [Writing Resource]
Fishing Obligations (Essays) A short essay about parental responsibilities and kids' obligations. [558 words] [Relationships]
Five Prose Poems (Poetry) Here are five prose poems for the romantic-minded, I hope. The titles are Looking Back, That Celestial Calm--the Moon; City Shadows; Seeking; and We Turned Off. [331 words] [Romance]
Fly Me To The Moon, Baby (Poetry) - [82 words] [Romance]
Four Of Them (Essays) ...nobody has eight kids anymore either. Right? [259 words] [Writing Resource]
Four Poems (Poetry) Titles are: Groundwork in Colombia, Poetry, I Saw My Granny, Carpenter [398 words]
Four Short-Shorts (Poetry) "Lite" fare again. Titles are: Trying to Create Beauty; You First Then I; Appetite; and Opening Night. [113 words] [Mind]
Frances Jane: God's Happy Servant (Children) They had a baby daughter but it died... [368 words] [Biography]
Funny Like (Short Stories) - [610 words] [Teenage]
Generosity (Poetry) - [15 words] [Spiritual]
Gone Is Our Lisa (Poetry) (Feeling Poe-ish today maybe?) [87 words] [Humor]
Goodbye Christmas, Goodbye Santa (Poetry) - [52 words] [Motivational]
Grandstand (Poetry) - [19 words] [Relationships]
Growing Up Among Racists (Non-Fiction) A look at some of us in retrospect. [635 words] [Relationships]
Haikus Erotiques (Poetry) -These represent an exercise that's fun. Steve Mount has some others at saltyrain.com but the best are by the Japanese old masters. Look in Google for them. [113 words] [Erotic]
Haley She Was Called (Children) - [397 words] [Biography]
Hanks (Poetry) The superstar. [67 words] [Movies]
He Keeps Me Humble (Poetry) It's just that sometimes we don't want to be watched! [22 words] [Spiritual]
Heteros, Homos, Celibacy And The Church (Non-Fiction) Are we going back to the time of the Crusades? [590 words] [Writing Resource]
Hi Mr Willis, Can You Explain What Wrong I Did? (Non-Fiction) Teaching school is always give and take. Will it ever be different? [462 words] [Literary Fiction]
His Heart (Non-Fiction) - [556 words] [Motivational]
Homeward (Poetry) Sans arrogance, this poem was written for Senator Byrd of W. Va. [20 words] [Romance]
Hospital Room (Short Stories) Sadly, it's another case of "who needs fiction?" [1,115 words] [Crime]
How In Colombia I Grew In Mind And Soul (And Nowadays Grow In Girth) (Non-Fiction) Where I grew up in Georgia we had practically no access to modern British prose or poetry... [654 words] [Biography]
How To Have Money In Your Life (Non-Fiction) - [423 words] [Self-Help]
I Fell In Love With You (Poetry) - [97 words] [Romance]
I Find My Sanity (Poetry) - [38 words] [Psychology]
If I Could Chat With You Again (Poetry) - [66 words] [Literary Fiction]
If The World Were More Like You (Songs) Isn't this self-reflection? [155 words] [Psychology]
I'm Dreaming Of... (Poetry) It's about a smile. [80 words] [Writing Resource]
I'm From Mars (Short Stories) Historical fiction. [513 words] [Teenage]
In My Mind I Cheat On You (Poetry) Throw the first stone. [74 words] [Relationships]
In Our Minds (Poetry) - [11 words] [Mind]
In The Outside Cold (Short Stories) - [440 words] [Literary Fiction]
Interview Of A South American Gay (Non-Fiction) Meet Miguel Rodriguez: Miguel Rodriguez, a colleague of mine, is one of Colombiaís elite citizens in terms of philosophy, education, cultural level, and societal contributions. In other words, heís ... [2,066 words] [Relationships]
Is It Where We Write Or What We Write? (Non-Fiction) Just think--how many of us had heard of Annie Proulx before 2005 or 2006? [681 words] [Publishing]
It Was Raining (Short Stories) "Let's not talk about it right now, Mama..." [368 words] [Literary Fiction]
Its Christmas Joy (Poetry) What is priority this year? [71 words] [Motivational]
James Benedetti's Daughter (Short Stories) A surprise visit. [861 words] [Literary Fiction]
James Herriot: Dearest Vet That Ever Lived (Children) Could you bring a cow into the world? A horse? [430 words] [Biography]
Jesus, You Look So Kansas-Like (Poetry) - [328 words] [Teenage]
Jewish Mother (Short Stories) Trying to make Him and those near Him more alive, more real, and hopefully, with more exposure. [396 words] [Literary Fiction]
John And Juan: Colombia's Facebook Killers (Non-Fiction) - [594 words] [Crime]
Just (Poetry) Heightened sensitivity doesn't mean anything goes. It does, however, mean caring for others. [70 words] [Psychology]
Just Cry, Mama (Poetry) - [267 words] [Teenage]
Just Imagine (Poetry) Dedicated to the One with the scarred hands. [59 words] [Spiritual]
Keepsakes (Poetry) A poem about a special afternoon. [129 words]
Lassie: About A Pal (No Joke) (Children) ...thanks to British-born writer Eric Knight, who wrote the short story... [276 words] [Biography]
Leaving Colombia(On A Jet, Of Course) (Non-Fiction) - [974 words] [Crime]
Letter To Elvis (Non-Fiction) You were human, of course. Perhaps in the end you just couldn't take any more... [642 words] [Biography]
Lid (Short Stories) Beware of half baths. [376 words] [Horror]
Life On The Shelf (Poetry) - [27 words] [Erotic]
Like A Story (Poetry) - [130 words] [Teenage]
Like A Wave (Poetry) - [30 words] [Romance]
Liliana's Decision (Non-Fiction) - [488 words] [Crime]
Lions Young (Poetry) - [16 words] [Erotic]
Little Is Much (Children) - [85 words] [Animal]
Lonely Hunter (Poetry) - [17 words] [Literary Fiction]
Long Live Our Elephants (Children) Would you kill an elephant? A deer? A fly? [284 words] [Animal]
Lord Find A Place (Poetry) (For Luciano Pavarotti: R.I.P.) [70 words] [Spiritual]
Making Moves: Another Look At Victims And Choices In Ann Rule's True Crime Stories (Non-Fiction) Ann Rule gives the murderers a hell of a punch in each story. That's the way it must be. It is the angle from which she writes and no one, no one is going to condone the acts of a murderer, least of... [9,916 words] [Crime]
Marsten (Short Stories) - [408 words] [Horror]
Matchless Love (Songs) - [91 words] [Motivational]
May Mothers And Fathers (Essays) A short essay about those parents who want to push academic responsibility off onto others. [479 words]
Maybe To Pittsburgh This Time (Children) This is about a boy's best friend. Also, I've always loved Girzone's "Joshua". Here is my little attempt to imitate that, somehow. [479 words] [Literary Fiction]
Meet Mary (Poetry) - [39 words]
Michael (Poetry) About someone who left us some years back but who left an indelible impression on those of his generation. [82 words] [Biography]
Mine Eyes Have Seen (Poetry) No glory and no hallelujah. [55 words] [Horror]
Miniviews From Colombia (Non-Fiction) No special description. Basically, getting an idea of what different people think at present. [3,555 words]
Miss Sindee And The Candidate (Plays) - [361 words] [Humor]
Moors And Moors: Randall Interviews Portuguese Writer--Poet--Artist Alexandra Onelight (Non-Fiction) - [3,430 words] [Biography]
Morgan: An Actor's Actor (Children) Even though he's still living, here's a little bio. [362 words] [Biography]
Moron (Short Stories) - [374 words] [Teenage]
Mr. Nico's Monday A.M. Surprise (Plays) Thus it was decreed: Woe unto all those ethically challenged! [633 words] [Humor]
Mr Randy Sez (Non-Fiction) Expressed thoughts, musings, comments, etc. on whatever I please. [5,598 words] [Publishing]
My Big Toe Nicely (Poetry) - [23 words] [Erotic]
My Fan (Poetry) - [23 words] [Spiritual]
My Kind Of Christian: Barbara Curtis (Non-Fiction) "She lived to shock people, 'to be different and avant-garde'." [514 words] [Motivational]
My Men Are Full Of Vigor (Poetry) This is about crosses, isnīt it? [48 words] [Erotic]
Needed: Diversity In Education (Essays) Including More Studies In Distinct Cultures Needed Urgently: Give-A-Shit Parents Who Actually Monitor Their Kids If we won't listen to Jesus, then... [867 words] [Writing Resource]
No Better Galahad (Songs) About the best Friend in the world. [115 words] [Spiritual]
Normally A Gentle Man (Short Stories) This story was inspired by a story in the "Chicken Soup" series that I never can forget. [334 words] [Teenage]
Not Enough! (Essays) A short talk about trying to prevent more wife/child abuse. [791 words] [Crime]
Number 6 (Short Stories) The "real" meaning of non-stop? [489 words] [Horror]
O Father Hold Us Tightly (Songs) Tune: "O Little Town of Bethlehem", believe it or not. It's such a beautiful melody that it's a pity that we are concerned with it only in December. Non-Christmas lyrics probably have been penned be... [101 words] [Spiritual]
Oh Milly Said Molly (Poetry) This one came up while writing the kids' stuff 'cept it isn't, is it? [26 words] [Humor]
Old Quake (Poetry) One Halloween he grabbed a knife Then hid behind the door... [119 words] [Humor]
On A Dad's Turning 80 (Non-Fiction) Some want to get there, others couldn't care less. How much is choice? [390 words] [Writing Resource]
On A Limb In The Garden Oak (Poetry) - [17 words] [Motivational]
Once I Thought Hypocrisy (Poetry) I,too, have felt the knife. [50 words] [Mind]
Pablo: A Life Of Crime And Making Money (Children) What is smart in life? What is dumb? [629 words] [Biography]
Pissed--Or, We Did It To Ourselves(Yes, Read Fucked) (Non-Fiction) Periodical rant. [492 words] [Writing Resource]
Plantain (Short Stories) - [627 words] [Horror]
Please Send Me Blessings (Poetry) - [48 words] [Teenage]
Poet--Photographer--Writer Interview (Non-Fiction) Read about Joseph Randell Sherman, Iowa-born poet and photographer par excellence. For additional info, access to writings, etc., 'google' this writer. [1,999 words] [Biography]
Policing-Immigration Lines (Essays) This is a bit about patriotism but not fanaticism. [1,193 words] [Motivational]
Poor Daddy (Short Stories) Carl saw the freshly-dug hole and broke into tears... [438 words] [Literary Fiction]
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Songs) This is another one of my favorite gospel songs. So, I am arrogant here in trying to pen a second or extra verse(I know of only one.). M. Jackson sings only one on a DVD I have of her. Anyway, if a... [50 words] [Spiritual]
President Branch 1954 (Plays) Pure innocence, of course, prevailed at that time, did it not? [313 words] [Comedy]
Quite Harmless You See (Short Stories) Then Peter had the oddest feeling. Heíd never been afraid of the dark before. To him, danger was posed by humans, not by animals; least of all simple and innocent forest animals. [723 words] [Literary Fiction]
Rainy Christmas Eve (Short Stories) "How bad is it?" he managed to ask with great physical and psychological effort... [755 words] [Crime]
Ralph Carmichael: A Great American Musician (Non-Fiction) - [463 words] [Biography]
Randall Barfield Interviews Sage Sweetwater--Colorado Poet-Novelist Of The Sapphic Literary Genre (Non-Fiction) . [4,890 words] [Relationships]
Randall's Humble Analysis Of The Parable Of The Workers In The Vineyard (Non-Fiction) (Using the NIV version of the Bible) [635 words] [Spiritual]
Randy's Advice To Young Writers (Essays) - [807 words] [Motivational]
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Interview With The President
BF (The famous smile) Mr President, youíre hard to catch, let me say.
P Itís that shiny Blackhawk you see sitting outside, Barb. Probably a darn weakness of mine. Big toy!
BF This is quite an honor, Mr President.
P Now Barb, you were famous long before anyone had ever heard of me. Why, I practically grew up on you.
BF (Icy look) Indeed. Perhaps weíd better move on into the topics for today. Mr President, how goes the war effort?
P Itís give and take, Barb, like everything. Actually, things at the moment arenít too bad. Weíve created some jobs, you know. Eliminated others.
BF How important are those particular jobs, Mr President?
P Now Barb, if you were on a hand-to-mouth existence, you wouldnít ask that question.
BF I suppose youíre right, Mr President. I take that back. Tell me, there are critics who say youíre too far removed from certain realities of the world. World poverty, for example.
P Naw, itís not true, Barb. Take Minnie and her boy Sid back at the ranch. Minnieís one of my best helpers. Sheís really a valuable employee who hasnít got a dime to spare. She lives on what I pay her, Barb, and they sleep in one of the bunkhouses. She wouldnít listen to reason, incidentally. My own mother told her not to take up with that good-for-nothing Rufus. Why, that man couldnít count to 25 unless it was whiskey bottles he was counting. Can you imagine? I hope that answers your question, Barb.
BF I see, Mr President. Tell us, have you been a faithful and loving husband, father, son and brother all these years?
P Whooee, Barb! Thatís a dandy! Now how am I to answer that one? Letís say Iíve tried my best, Barb, I really have, though Iím the first to admit Iíve been far from perfect in either category. Yessirree.
BF Mr President, speaking of whiskey bottles...
P No, speaking of the devil! I know where youíre heading, Barb. Iíve never hidden the fact that I once drank more than was good for me, but not now, Barb. Not these days. Thatís all in the past. Buried. Sealed.
BF With a glass kiss?
P (Chuckles) Maybe, Barb. Maybe.
BF But certain actions, Mr President, speak louder than...
P Barb, if itíll make the critics feel any better, I once went and consulted no fewer than half a dozen prestigious shrinks. That was done to make ME feel better! Passed with flying colors, too, Iím proud to say. IQ and all. Even mother was relieved.
BF Wow! Thatís saying a lot!
P Better believe it is, Barb!
BF But maybe sanity is akin to beauty, Mr President. Sanity is as sanity does?
P (Chuckles again) Now Barb, you know youíre one of my dearest heroes. Youíre not gonna shoot poison arrows my way, are you?
BF Mr President, were you by any chance a school bully?
P Never, Barb. Never. But let me say thisóI did run with a noble crowd that didnít take very kindly to letting others run over it. But there was never a bully in our crowd, no. Iím positive.
BF Do you ever lose your temper, Mr President?
P (Takes a deep breath) I certainly used to, Barb. But Iím not proud of the fact, and I even wish I could go back and hug each and every person I lost it with. I'm born again, you know.
BF When were you born again, Mr President?
P Um, I donít remember the exact day, Barb, but Iíll never forget the feeling. Exhilarating, it was, no less.
BF Ahem. Some people seem to feel that only conflict exhilarates you nowadays, Mr President.
P Itís totally unfair, Barb, it truly is. I can sit here day after day and draw this small salary for being a do-nothing President or I can get off my ass, if youíll pardon me. I can be a proactive President.
BF I daresay, Mr President, very few folks are going to doubt that you are proactive. However, keeping the same pace might be another thing. Donít you think youíll relax more during your second term?
P Um, I donít know for sure, Barb. Iíll probably WANT to, Iíll probably FEEL like doing that, but, you know, there are no guarantees. We may have to go after another people or there may be those unexpected attacks against us again...
BF Unexpected? At this stage of things? Come now, Mr President.
P Oh, not unexpected. Youíre right, Barb, itís the wrong word. I take that back. I should say heinous, occasionally-expected attacks.
BF What about all that personal money youíve managed to amass, Mr President?
P (Sort of sheepish look) Iíll admit I didnít do it alone.
BF Of course not.
P Iíve really been blessed, Barb. The contacts and friends Iíve been able to make; having had hard-working parents who managed to give us kids a comfortable and competitive start; living and working in this great country; the Man upstairs, you name it.
BF Iím afraid that goes for both of us, Mr President. As you might suspect, Iíve got a few nickels and dimes stashed away myself. (Blinks her eyes innocently)
P (Chuckles softly) Of course, Barb, and I say great.
BF Are those authentic cowboy boots youíre wearing, Mr President?
P (The biggest grin) Iíve been dying for you to notice, Barb. How do you like them?
BF Well, they really seem different.
P A combination of snake skins. I guess Iím recycling here. You know, in Texas we have a lot of snakes in summer. ĎCourse one of the hands killed them.
BF So Iíve heard. Speaking of reptiles, isnít Texas where Enron was located?
P (Sheepish again) Now Barb!
BF Letís go back to the economy, Mr President. People are concerned about unemployment, yet here we are placing more machines in supermarkets and doing away with more cashiers. How do you explain this trend?
P This free country is a highly-developed one, Barb, so you canít just go and tell folks what they can or cannot invent. Catch my drift?
BF (Slight smile) I catch it, Mr President. Please continue.
P For instance, the scanner you refer to. Someone will have to maintain them so that situation actually creates some jobs, albeit fewer, certainly, than were done away with. But see, Barb, we donít know anything in this country with our low birth rate, fairly low unemployment rate, etc. The truly big problem lies abroad. In the developing nations. Babies in those countries continue to appear like those little mushrooms we kids smashed in the grass after a spring rainshower. You remember those, donít you Barb?
BF Indeed I do, Mr President. Oh, what fun.
P Well, now weíve got all these dark little mushrooms and no jobs for them. Jobs cannot be created fast enough so thereís hunger, idleness, and, consequentially, terrorism.
BF Itís a scary panorama, Mr President. Um, is that a tear running down that left cheek of yours? I hope it is, actually, Ďcause there are too many citizens out there wholly convinced of a lack of compassion in you. That moist little bugger will boost a tarnished image and certainly show some of those guys.
P (Blows into his hankie) Barb, I hate to stop here. How much, you just canít imagine. (Tries to take her hand) I really liked talking about myself today.
BF Of course, Mr President. And if it is I who have run on too long...(She keeps her hands to herself, thinking of any number of infectious things. After all, a girl at her golden age...)
P (Putting his hankie away) You havenít, Barb. Youíve been more than perfect and professional. I want you to know that. And let me say thisóI hope today is merely a beginning for you and me. (Makes a gesture that could mean counting bills)
BF Sounds great, Mr President. Truly great.
P Good night, Barb. (He rises and exits the room)
BF Good night, Mr President. (Eyes the camera and sighs, smiling slightly, but somewhat seriously) Do sleep tight, Mr President. Night after night after Lone Star night.
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