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In Prs of Brvty

A favorite quote from a favorite mathematician, Blaise Pascal: “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” Also attributed to the likes of Mark Twain and T.S. Eliot, the seemingly paradoxical statement sums up … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Ten. The Thrilling Conclusion. Cary awoke from a languid and luxurious dream in which he made love to his first girlfriend, rewound to a time when he was 19 years old and she was a virginal 16. The girlfriend … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Nine. Billy has a Vision Like No Other. After disgorging the five suits who had abandoned the idled Amtrak train for a ride to the Dinsmore Golf Course clubhouse with hopes of getting to Manhattan before the end of … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Eight. Billy Rubin Visits the Crash Site. Rubbing his spasmodic lower abdomen, Billy race-walked toward a stand of trees behind Dinsmore Golf Course’s 15th green but he didn’t make it in time, and soiled himself. The volume accumulated in … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Seven. Amtrak 234 Meets Cary Hayes. Cary backed his car out of the Mills Mansion visitor parking lot and drove down the narrow, ill-maintained driveway made up almost entirely of asphalt patches applied over the decades. Cary marveled at … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Six. Sage Shoots Mills Mansion. Three Hudson River mansions on Sage’s list – Olana, Clermont and Wilderstein – were in the can. Over two weekends, assisted by the chauffeur services of her father Cary, Sage had finished shooting photos … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Five. Meet Amtrak 234. Amtrak train number 234 was finally ready to leave the Rhinecliff station at 8:31 – forty minutes late which meant it was right on schedule. A hybrid of public and private enterprise, Amtrak had suffered … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Four. Billy Acquires an Amazing Gift As the assistant to Dinsmore Golf Course’s greenskeeper, Billy Rubin’s first job of the morning was to relocate the holes, a task that entailed traveling in a noisy John Deere utility vehicle around … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Three. Meet Billy Rubin. Billy Rubin awoke groggily on a clear crisp summer morning following another fitful night sprawled out on an uncomfortable utilitarian army cot set between rows of motorized EZGO golf carts, each one tethered by a … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part Two. Cary Hayes has a dream. Cary awoke from a sublimely realistic dream, encouraged that the images conjured within his broken brain might provide much-needed insight into that fateful day his normal life ended and the journey to Valhalla … Continue reading

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Amtrak 234. A serialized short story by Herb Schultz

Part One. Meet Cary Hayes. Cary Hayes was having difficulty recalling some basic facts – where he was, how he got there, how long he had been there, why he couldn’t move or speak. The last thing he remembered was … Continue reading

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Women in High-Tech – Take a Lesson from “Double Blind Test”

This headline about the imminent IPO of Twitter in today’s business section of the New York Times caught my attention: Curtain is Rising on a Tech Premiere With (As Usual) a Mostly Male Cast. The lead graf of the article … Continue reading

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The Lost Week-ending

Blake Bailey has just written “Farther and Wilder,” a biography of Charles Jackson who is most famous for his first novel, “The Lost Weekend” which was made into an Academy Award-winning film (1946) of the same name, directed by Billy … Continue reading

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Three Minute Fiction: “Waiting for You Know”

Another NPR Three-Minute-Fiction challenge . . . another rejection. Although this time I fully expected it because I decided to abrogate the guidelines and submit an entry that I thought was clever in its own right. Some background: every so … Continue reading

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