Death Deferred

Death crept on soft slippers  through the empty house. Soundlessly, he went from room to room, upstairs and down. He found no living beings. He checked the roster one more time to be sure. The list said she’d be here. Eleven PM, Sunday, December 14. The scheduler screwed up again, no one home–especially the departee. […]

The Third Age–What You Can Learn from Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies occasionally offer genuine wisdom. So it was one night in 2016, eating at the one remaining Chinese restaurant in our small town. The one I got said this: “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that count.” That seems true enough. In the Third Age, as some […]

The Dinner

She called unexpectedly one day. “Hi, it’s Sherry. We Met at Drew’s party. I’m a friend of Alice.” “Uh, sure. I’ve seen you a few other times as well, haven’t I,” Bill said. “Maybe at some group meetings?” “Yes, but I’m not a member. I belong to another one.” Bill fiddled with the phone cord […]

SPAM into SPAM

Think of the fortune that some techno nerd could make finding the secret technique of turning message spam into the real thing. Selected Pieces of Assorted Meat [one theory of the name’s origin]–SPAM. The US has its CAN-SPAM Act. The EU is even more stringent, with its double opt-in requirement for subscriptions. Few people like […]