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  1. MCVT

    Chapter 1/1

    Not my best time of year: February and March. Can’t remember the exact date, the numbers blur. The events of those two months several years ago still rip me. Their finality’s always clear. Late winter-early spring I stay inside hiding my tearfulness; snuffling. Can’t sleep until I’m so exhausted, I’m unable to push it away any longer. Fall into deep dreams on the porch, sitting in the car in the garage. Fell asleep at the kitchen table for a REM-nap one afternoon and left a puddle of saliva on the place mat. … Last stop. I get off the 113A, no cars allowed here anymo
  2. MCVT

    Green and Black

    Very brief tale of how memories and dreams distort thoughts among isolated souls waiting out the current times. Salvage the best distortions and move on knowing it’s the brave hearts that have the richest memories, (like the ones I hope you hold).
  3. MCVT

    Chapter 1/1

    Thank you. v
  4. A young man was assigned to war-torn land—a new democracy stood shakily after years of civil strife. Skirmishes continued in the countryside far from the capitol while the new nation began rebuilding their freedom. In a village of around a hundred folk, the young man and his mission were welcomed. His presence made a difference and the village was proud to host him—they furnished him a room in an ancient, converted coffee processing shed. This was their best for the young man who was unique among many. His presence protected them from further shelling and skirmishes as any injury he
  5. This short tale is of a young man’s journeys during turbulent times. Memories can seem a nest of tangled snakes. Expectations, emotions, doubts and inherent elements crystalize here to be sorted in different ways, from different perspectives.
  6. During the 1950s there was a male performer from Louisiana, from off the bayous. He made this phrase popular: "If I'm lyin', I'm dyin.'" (For some reason I associate the phrase with Zydeco music.) This phrase underscores your truthfulness. "Yes, the check is in the mail. If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'." See how much stronger that statement is? v
  7. This is a very politically incorrect phrase, and I'll allow it as its used to make a statement not about disability, but about a person stepping away from convention: The phrase is: "Every family got their idiot child." This may allude to inter-familial relations, and I've heard it used meaning, "That child/person isn't following tradition." This is usually derogatory, but not always. It may mean the person isn't using common sense or may simply be an exclamation about a new situation. A liberal politician introducing a new idea may get this comment in a conservative area. Because I've
  8. "Pretty little heifer." For farming people, a cow giving birth to a female was a fortuitous event. Females make more calves and give milk. Males are treated differently and didn't enjoy a long lifespan. A heifer was a thing of beauty in the minds and lives of many rural southerners. This is not an insult, but a compliment, though many girls/women didn't like being compared to livestock. I never used the phrase. v
  9. Some I've heard often: "Ain't that sumptin'?" or, "Aren't you special today?" These phrases carry the opposite meaning. Example: "Ain't that sumptin'? You only spilled half your coffee on your shirt this morning. You're so special today." This is southern sarcasm at its cattiest. Phrase is used for people drawing attention to something they did that they were actually expected to do. (Keep coffee in either cup or mouth.) Can be used in the superlative by adding the word "Mercy!" before or after the insult. v.
  10. Red headed step child: Calling a person this implies his mother stepped outside her marriage to have intimate relations with a person of another faith. (I'll let you figure that out.) This has often come to mean a person who is neglected, abused and mistreated. It is used to describe discourtesy or poor customer service by a commercial enterprise; "That woman talked to me like I was her red headed stepchild." In my experience, through the years, this has fallen from use for the most part through economic downturns. People in the south will take in relatives' children and raise them along
  11. Sippy sack: Small brown paper bag containing a can of beer. Sold/packaged at convenience stores beginning when beer came in cans and continues in some areas today, though more sophisticated materials are used to hide labels of alcoholic beverages from law enforcement. "Sippy Sack." Liquor laws were rigid, and often strange for many reasons. Drinkers found ways to get to their alcohol despite laws. This custom continues in many areas. v
  12. "Snowin' down south." This was a warning phrase between women during the first half of the 1900s. It meant the edge of your crinoline was revealing itself from beneath your skirt. A fashion faux pas at least and if done consistently and brazenly, a scandalous statement. v
  13. A metaphor I've always enjoyed is: "Like a pea in a #2 washtub." This phrase is usually allowed after someone says something really stupid implying the speaker's brain is like a pea in a large wash tub. Tubs come in sizes, but most rural southern families had a large tub for washing clothes, children and smaller animals. v
  14. Stats are interesting, and may be simply a comment on the reputation of the site in combination with the strength of the hook written in the first few lines of the piece. Several years ago when I began posting, one site editor on a very narrowly defined site suggested that each comment reflected 1K readers. (That site had a colourful rep and a few excellent writers though limited scope.) Other sites without counts or rating systems require readers to email give some feedback, that's okay. Some readers are reticent about emailing. Another site has stories with over 10+K views in only
  15. MCVT

    Chapter 1

    Why thank you for that comment. You know, that character keeps coming back to me, maybe he's knocking on my door to let him near the keyboard again. Richie the gimp is a sheltered, but stubborn boy, and his shrink is a non-enabling help. I'll have to think about that. Thanks again for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it. v
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