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  • Party Bounce
    When I repeatedly fell flat on my back — and sides, shoulders, knees and head — it wasn’t a complete surprise. I mean, when was the last time you tried to walk through one of those bounce house inflatable play structures? You know, the kind you see at children’s birthday parties, work picnics and local…
  • Stella
    She was a young child in a yellow dress. Old enough to loudly ask questions of strangers, but too young to be by herself, let alone in a gym. Although she was clearly not dressed for working out, she was determined to learn what she could about the strength-training machines. When she got to Jose,…
  • Destiny of Resolution
    Lucy awoke New Year’s Day contemplating her ambivalence for resolutions. On the one hand, she considered them a benign amusement: an indulgence to one’s imagination. On the other hand, she also thought that truly attempting to alter one’s future in a meaningful way automatically set one up for an inevitable failure against the prevailing force…
  • The 2:14am Cat
    There’s a reason Mr. Jensen didn’t go out late at night. And it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that his vision is not as good as it used to be, or that approaching headlights annoy his eyes. It’s simply that he’s already asleep before it gets late. When he was fresh out…
  • Walsh Family (mis)Adventures
    Putting aside a proclivity for speaking with his cherished stuffed beaver, Sir Fluffington (think teddy bear), Jimmy was as likable and friendly as any adult you might hope to meet. A point of family pride was their ancestor, James Morrow Walsh. He was a North-West Mounted Police officer (later named the Royal Canadian Mounted Police)…