Power Shorts

Power Shorts: Hoot

Worn. Well-worn. But many miles remaining.

She told me I could remove my shoes.

These concrete slippers are a hoot.

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Power Shorts: Bridge Over Teenage Troubles

jumping_bridgeBridge Over Teenage Troubles

When a mother demanded of her son why he had been smoking pot under the bridge with the other kids, he told her it was no big deal because all the kids do it.

“And if all the kids jumped off that bridge, would you do it too?” the mother asked.

“Oh, Mom,” the son replied, “Why do you say that stupid phrase every time I’m in trouble. It doesn’t even make sense.”

The mother thought for a moment and then said, “Because all the parents do it.”

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Power Shorts: Toasting the Pimpkins

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(The Pimpkins #5)

Before Tinker married Mitsy, his toast always fell butter-side down.

After Tinker married Mitsy, his toast no longer fell butter-side down. It didn’t fall butter-side up either, for Mitsy had helped Tinker to stop dropping his toast.

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Power Shorts: The Night Mare

horses-in-a-stableThe Night Mare

Two horses, Fred and Ted, shared adjacent stalls.

Fred asked Ted where he’d been all night.

Ted said he wouldn’t talk about it.

Fred asked Ted if he had visited the Night Mare.

Ted said he’d never go out after dark again.

Fred said he wouldn’t have to. He said the Night Mare would visit him from then on.

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Power Shorts: Good Fences

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Good Fences

The old man leaned on the fence and looked out to sea. He thought about his daddy. He thought about what they’d said about his daddy building the fence all around the family plot in the long-ago year of the old man’s birth.

An ancient poet wrote that good fences make good neighbors, and the old man knew this was true. They were far better neighbors than people were.

And the old man leaned on the fence and looked out to sea.

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