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A short story of the Buddha's life, with a strange twist at the end.

Released 3/2/2018


Description:  Strange American Tales contains a trio of short stories in which bazaar  things happen to regular people. It also contains one essay on the money cycle. 

 In "A View for Dad," Timny Markham receives the ability to hear the voices of the dead. He uses this new power to help others who are stuck in the afterlife. In  "Skinny-Dipping", a college professor enjoying a quiet time  at home experiences something very unusual. In "Playdough Man," Frank Deseret goes to Safeway for a sparkling beverage and soon afterwards,  his life unravels.

96 pages,   First Edition, Large Print

Excerpt from  Strange American Tales

Wine was an important part of his skinny-dipping routine. Had it been different, had he been out, he would've cussed some, maybe pounded the wall, and then took the grape juice out of the pantry and drank it as a substitute. A minister once told him grape juice helped his heart to pump. But Rob preferred to drink wine because he liked the feeling wine gave him. It calmed him. It relaxed his nerves. Thank God he didn't need to go out and buy more tonight. He was tired and needed a break. Thank God he could drink the real thing.

Rob still remembered what the minister had told the congregation: “Jesus didn't make wine. Jesus made grape juice.” The minister went on and on about how wine was bad. The minister said alcohol was poison. He also said it was a sin to drink it. Even though Rob didn't drink nearly as much as he used to, just a large glass every night with his dinner, or sometimes afterwards, he thought the minister was wrong. That was the last time Rob went to church.

Playdough Man  (Revised June  2016)

In this revised short story, horror, fantasy, and comedy are carefully woven together. Frank Deseret thinks he’s going to Safeway for a sparkling beverage, but he’s in for a surprise.

Meeting Elvis (new release)

Mary Sue Millhart is playing dominoes at the senior center on 4th Street in Long Beach when a stranger pulls a chair up next to her and sits down. The stranger offers her a chance to take a cruise to a special island where Elvis lives.  Written in classic short story style.