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I recently ordered an item that was shipped using "mail innovations" which means the item was sent UPS but was then passed to the post office for delivery. Mail innovations, they tell you when you try tracking to find where your lost package is, "is not a day definite service." It's not even a week definite service. It'll come when it comes, in other words. I suppose someone saved some money on shipping, but the item took close to a month to arrive. In football terms, UPS got the ball to the twenty yard line and passed it off to the postal service which stumbled across the goal line a week later. Soon we'll have "mail innovations plus" where UPS hands a package off to the postal service which then passes it off to a lame camel. I love our mail carrier. She's a wonderful woman. But I expected more out of the 21st century. The one good idea the postal service has had was the Forever stamp, which eliminated the need to buy two and three cent stamps to keep up with the price increases. Where's the person who thought that up? 

 

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

THE LAST HUNDRED DAYS

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY

PLIGHT OF THE HUMBLE BEE

JUNK, READY TO BUY

 

OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS

How To Eat Right

How To Manage Your Money

How To Stay Healthy

The Fall Of Squirrel

Cake Walk

Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too

Of Peas and Queues

Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil

A Star Falls on Alabama

News Item

The Visitor

Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue

The Point System

Elements Of Success 

She Spits to Conquer

So THAT's What Happened

The Tree Remembers

Christmas Time Is Here 

The Sodfather

What MLK Day Means To Me 

Thanks, Mussolini 

The Cure 

Tarzan In Decline 

Side Effects 

Greatest Of All Time (forthcoming)

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

                2013     First Place Humor Division Alabama Writers Conclave (AWC) Contest

2014     Finalist PNWA Competition Short Topics Category

    2015     First Place Creative Non-Fiction Division AWC Contest

        2016     Second Place Fiction Gulf Coast Writers Let's Write Contest

 2017     Pushcart Prize nomination from Hawaii Pacific Review for The Last Hundred Days

    2018     First Honorable Mention Short Story Division AWC contest

                2018     Second Place Chattahoochee Valley Contest Short Story category

2019     First Place Flash Fiction Division AWC contest

2020    First Place Essay Streetlight Magazine 

2020  Top ten finalist for The Opossum Prize

2020  Honorable Mention Stories That Need To Be Told Anthology

2020  First place  Flash Fiction category  in Seven Hills contest

 

"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."

Truman Capote



"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 
Old Book

CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

Pity The Reader by Suzanne McConnell
At Home by Bill Bryson

 

Acknowledgments: Photos of Stonehenge courtesy of Trevor S. Key from our trip to England in 2015. Photos of ball pit courtesy of Amelia C. Key from our trip to NYC in 2019. Other photos purchased from Shutterstock.

 

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