December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Last Leaf

Though it has several humorous punchlines, this story feels a little bleak, but only until the very end, which is rather heartwarming. I’m not too familiar with any of O. Henry’s work besides Gift of the Magi, but I read this one after one of my coworkers recommended it, and I think it’s a very…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Last Leaf

December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – Philomel Cottage

This one is a quite a bit longer than the shorts that I typically post, but it’s definitely worth the read. Agatha Christie is so talented, and her Poirot and Miss Marple short stories are so popular, that gems like Philomel Cottage get lost in the shuffle. I came across it totally by accident one day when…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – Philomel Cottage

December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Christmas Present

Hooray! It’s officially December so I can finally post all the Christmasy things!!! 🎅🏻🎄✨👼🏻🎁🎉☕️☃️❄️✨ Ahem. Sorry. Actually, confession, I have been listening to Christmas music since before Halloween, so… Bear with me please. 😬 Anyway, if you’re still hanging on to autumn as long as you can, don’t worry. I’m not going to completely bombard…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Christmas Present

November 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Man From the South

The Man From the South, by Roald Dahl Originally published in Collier’s, 1948 It was getting on toward six o’clock so I thought I’d buy myself a beer and go out and sit in a deck chair by the swimming pool and have a little evening sun. I went to the bar and got the…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Man From the South

November 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Door

The Door is not quite what you’d expect from the beloved author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, but it’s a great take on the proverbial “rat race”. Don’t be scared by the style of writing, which kind of hits you in the face in the first paragraph. It has a cadence and a rhythm that really…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Door

November 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Lady, or the Tiger?

This is installment #3 in our Weekend Shorts series. How do you like it so far? Any suggestions for which short story I should do next? The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton Originally published in The Century, 1882 In the very olden time, there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Lady, or the Tiger?

November 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Long Con

This short story is a twist on the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin, told from the point of view of our very own villain. It is one of my husband’s favorites, and is a great piece for oral presentation. Enjoy!   The Long Con, by Megan R. Engelhardt Originally published on January 31, 2012 I knew…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Long Con