COVID – 19 and the resultant social isolation has impacted all of us with ripple effects on business and personal lives. Shepherd Express is an Indie Press located in Milwaukee; it’s a free weekly newspaper dependent mostly on advertising revenues from local restaurants, bars, concerts. etc. When that revenue stream disappeared, they were forced to retrench to an online format. They deserve our support.
One of my stories appeared online last year and several more were slated for this year. I am now hoping a cooperative effort will provide you with stories to read in the safe comfort of your homes and to prod a donation to the Shepherd Express to sustain them in these tough times. To help, please click on https://shepherdexpress.com/support.
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As if COVID was not enough, we now have had yet another death of an African American, George Floyd, caused by a policeman in Minneapolis. It's a tragedy that continues to plague our country and one arguably worse than any virus. I'll post a few FRACTURED FABLES that will hopefully provide an unreal moment of distraction. They are short fables inspired by lino-prints of my friend George Roesch Johnson.
1. Everyone is entitled to their own creation story or theory of evolution. So who knows? Let me know what you think. And there's a lino- print so you can read the story to the kiddies. Click here for the print. Click here to read the story "When the Fish Decided to Walk." (465 words)
2. I'm told that being able to read is a BIG PLUS. But perhaps that's not always true as this frog found out. (Don't worry, this wasn't the frog that went a courtin'. Click here for another print by George Roesch Johnson and click here for the story "What the Frog Read." (396 words)
3. I heard tell that it's a stork that brings the new born baby home. Here's a story (394 words) about a crane (close enough to a stork to pass from a distance) who remembers how we all got are start. Click to read. Once again George did the print and says he's not responsible for the story. To see his lino-print please click here.
4. These are tough times. We can all use a little extra luck. I'm not sure how rabbits feel about one traditional charm. Here's a fable about a rabbit (442 Words) you can read by clicking here and a lino cut by George that you can see by clicking here. Enjoy. Please let me know what you think by using the contact form on this site.
5. Times are getting tougher but not as tough as it was for some blackbirds and poor little Donnie in this fable of 571 words. Click here to read. For the lino-print by George click here.
Below are short stories that I hope you will find engaging.
1. “Tomorrow’s Heir.” A story of what could happen when the ultra-rich really put themselves first, last, and always. Click to read. (560 words)
2. The number of anti-semitic incidents has increased dramatically world-wide over the last year. It is up by 40% in the USA. "A Turn at Bat" is a story of what can happen when kindness and inclusiveness are lacking. If you wish, wait another week for a fun story, otherwise, click to read. (1011 words)
Here are two stories as a bonus for Memorial Day. I think they are fun. Please let me know what you think. 3. "Slugger" has deeper meaning as a doctor ends up in Hayward, WI, home of the big Walleye Museum. Click to read (801 words). Check out Hayward online to see the museum.
4. "W's and a curved Bat" shows how we still can find ways to improve things, perhaps even our national pastime once COVID is gone. Click to read (923 words).