Social Security

The last good memory I have of my step-father wasn’t very long ago. It was Spring of 2011. We were standing in line together at the Social Security Office, because, for what seemed like the twelfth time in two years, I had “lost” my identification; credit cards, check book – or whatever credential that, as fate would have it, I would need to secure an unemployment check.  It became routine. Lose license, unemployment password expires or I forget it, need license to fax to unemployment office in order to get a new password....more

Jesus Christ

Margaret Brandwick-Kearns09:50 -- 26 Feb 2010 UTC-7Submitted by: Lt. Joseph Carmichael The following is a transcript of my interview with Margaret Foley Brandwick-Kearns, female, Age 43. Resident of Young America, Michigan.  Occupation: EducatorMs. Brandwick has come in to give a formal statement on the incident that occurred this past Saturday night, at her apartment complex located at 2610 Hwy 36 just outside Young American Ave. <BEGIN>...more

First Plane Trip

Dr. Laurent’s soothing voice relaxed Margie just enough, without lulling her to sleep. Once she let go, and concentrated on the light of the candle sitting on the coffee table in front of her, she was able to let her mind wander, to the past.  To one of her earliest memories as a child.“Do you like to fly, Margie?”“Yes, on a carpet.”“You like to fly on a magic carpet, that’s good. I want you to remember the first time you ever flew in an airplane, do you remember that Margie?”“Mm..Yes.  I went on a plane, then another plane, then a helicopter.”...more

Video Killed the Radio Star

Margaret Brandwick-Kearns09:50 – 12 Nov 2012 UTC-7Submitted by: Lt. Joseph Carmichael The following is a transcript of my interview with Margaret Foley Brandwick-Kearns, female, Age 43. Resident of Young America, Michigan.  Occupation: UnemployedMs. Brandwick has come in voluntarily to answer questions about a video that Mrs. Robin Okwandi, wife of Romeo Okwandi, PhD student at UP State. Mrs. Okwandi received the video, as well as a note in the mail yesterday. The note and video have been submitted to evidence....more

Ninja Cat

The next morning I woke up thinking that New Year’s Eve debacle was just a bad dream, and then I tried to stand. Nope.I opened my laptop as I lay on the couch, waiting for everyone to get up.  Facebook has been a shitstorm lately, I thought. The posts were divisive and taunting.  No doubt because of another election coming up, but certainly, the caustic and threatening postings seemed to be, I couldn’t be sure, but “personalized” somehow....more

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Nadine Christian is an author who has an amazing contest going on over on her blog.  Do you enjoy reading romance novels, and would you like to find something that is different than what is usually in the book stores.  Nadine's stories take place on Pitcairn Island, and the characters are quite memorable.  ...more

Before The Fall

Margie shifted in her seat as she sat waiting for her supervisor, Bob Siwarski, to finish making his notes.  He always made her wait, come in….sit down, and just … wait.  This time she was prepared with her questions.  As a data analyst in the Department of Health, it was her job to create and pull reports for all sorts of purposes.  Several weeks ago she assisted the medical school with some accreditation review they were preparing for, and she happened to notice some strange trends in the patient data.  The head Epidemiologist refused to see her, so she decided to...more

Majeurette

Majorette only had two memories of her grandfather, one was of a tea party with him when she was five, and the other was a very peculiar Thanksgiving dinner at the age of 8, shortly before he died.  Liem Pfanzig (pronounced “Pansy” upon entering the States), was not a particularly happy man, having escaped Germany several months before WWII ended.  There were many secrets behind his dark eyes – secrets that he went to his grave protecting.  Liem was Jewish, however, his desire to practice medicine had led him to bury his heritage, changed his name (for the first time), and ba...more

The Muse

Majorette checked her hair and makeup one more time in the compact she brought with her."Whenever you're ready, Ms. Kearns, we're live," the producer announced.The public access station was one of the few places that had Open Internet, and although it was still heavily monitored, she didn’t think her new blog sponsors were all that concerned. She cleared her throat before beginning....more

Up North

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