December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Lottery Ticket

Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Getting back to work after all of the Christmas festivities was a little rough, but I’m slogging along, albeit a little bleary-eyed. My husband and I are also leaving for Seattle in a few days, so things have been pretty crazy. ….Isn’t it funny how easily it is to…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Lottery Ticket

December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Gift of the Magi

I love this story, and I don’t care that it’s a little cliche, or that everyone has probably already gotten their fill of it this holiday season. I love it because it’s a bit of an exaggeration, and yet is so real and true. One of my very favorite lines is in the first paragraph…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Gift of the Magi

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 bitΒ longer than the shorts that I typically post, but it’s definitely worth the read.Β 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!!! πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ„βœ¨πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸŽπŸŽ‰β˜•οΈβ˜ƒοΈβ„οΈβœ¨ 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,Β 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.Β It has a cadence and a rhythm that really…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Door