• Jess commented on the post, losses 7 years, 4 months ago

    Losses happen. Always. Entropy. But just because we lose things doesn’t mean we have less, because with all loss something is gained. Some new experience, some new kind of knowing, some novel way to deal. Losing […]

  • Jess commented on the post, cabinet 7 years, 4 months ago

    What’s in the cabinet? Rainbows and butterflies? Cardboard and paper? Toiletries? The makings of a gourmet meal? Nothing but dust and cobwebs? A few spotty bananas and some cereal? Maybe the cabinet has everything […]

  • Jess commented on the post, props 7 years, 4 months ago

    You’ve got to give him props. He tried. He put everything he had into it. It just wasn’t enough. No matter what you do, sometimes its not enough. Sometimes you don’t even know where you fell short. He didn’t know. […]

  • Jess commented on the post, statement 7 years, 4 months ago

    The statement is false. Nothing is true about it. In fact, it is a lie. The fool boy didn’t even disguise it well. There is no cloak of truth, only a bald-faced attempt at deception. Silly. Dumb. Genius?

  • Jess commented on the post, gum 7 years, 4 months ago

    Gum. He chews gum every single day. He doesn’t particularly like the flavor of it, or the feeling he gets in his jaw after a while. He doesn’t chew for very long, because if he does, his jaw begins to pop and […]

  • Jess commented on the post, fuses 7 years, 4 months ago

    Fuses blow all the time. In lamps, in cars, in radios. Today a fuse blew in her mind. She forgot everything in a flash of sharp burning pain. Her vision lost focus. Everything was too bright, too white. It wasn’t […]

  • Jess commented on the post, icing 7 years, 4 months ago

    The icing on the cake. That’s what they called it. Whenever something a little bit extra happens. Whenever you got more than you hoped for. Well, he was the icing on the cake for me. I didn’t see him coming. He […]

  • Jess commented on the post, suspects 7 years, 4 months ago

    She suspects he isn’t faithful. It’s really not her place to care, to think, to be involved at all. She doesn’t know him or his wife. She doesn’t know the woman he is cheating with. She just has a feeling. She’d […]

  • Jess commented on the post, patrol 7 years, 4 months ago

    The dog was patrolling the yard, pacing in slow careful steps around the perimeter. He walked through the low brush, nose to the ground, ears up and alert for any indication of change in this place that belonged to him.

  • Jess commented on the post, stretcher 7 years, 4 months ago

    The stretcher lay on the ground. Not soft and padded, he thought, just a thin piece of material over hard, unyielding pavement. It couldn’t possibly be comfortable. But then, it probably didn’t need to be. The […]

  • Jess commented on the post, entice 7 years, 8 months ago

    The enticing gesture was lost on her. She had not lived among people before and their ways were strange. His attempt to look open and friendly seemed to her like he was trying to look large and intimidating. He […]

  • Jess commented on the post, rattle 7 years, 8 months ago

    He’s rattled by his inability to think. He cannot focus. He cannot put together the puzzle pieces of memory and intuition and knowing. He is confused, and unknowing. There is something he must remember, but what? […]

  • Jess commented on the post, nourish 7 years, 8 months ago

    The bodies and souls of the mill workers are un-nourished. They are starving, spending all day working hour upon hour, eating but little and then drinking away the night. There is nothing to feed their souls, only […]

  • Jess commented on the post, flip 7 years, 8 months ago

    Flipping back and forth through the sky like a pair of drunken acrobats. They waved and danced, bouncing back and forth off of any surface they hit, seemingly without effort. They were like rubber balls […]

  • Jess commented on the post, flip 7 years, 8 months ago

    She’s going to flip. It’s going to be the most horrible experience of my young life to have to tell Marianna that Turk lost her favorite golden shoes. He’s too much of a weenie to tell her himself and she can’t go […]

  • Jess commented on the post, trunk 7 years, 8 months ago

    The trunk of the tree was amazing. It was so huge that fifteen elephants strung tail to trunk wouldn’t have fit around it. She knew. She’d tried. It had taken sixteen. They didn’t really have sixteen elephants to […]

  • Jess commented on the post, ratings 7 years, 8 months ago

    The ratings on these stories don’t really say anything. Sometimes, occasionally the ones with lots and lots of excellent ratings get a little ribbon next to their names. Those ones add up enough to mean something […]

  • Jess commented on the post, pageant 7 years, 8 months ago

    The bright colors of the ruined festival pageant looked garish and out of place amongst the rubble. The brightly colored scarves the players wore stood out mockingly against the black of charred wood and grey […]

  • Jess commented on the post, pattern 7 years, 9 months ago

    The pattern of shadows cast by the leaves danced madly as the wind blew through the narrow alleyway. It was a sharp cold wind under a bright yellow sun. The trees were orange and red. The world looked to be on […]

  • Jess commented on the post, petition 7 years, 9 months ago

    The petition for the removal of the pigeons was being promoted by a company of paranoid old men who were worried about disease. While there is certainly a danger in pigeon mess, it’s not nearly so bad or so likely […]