Category Archives: Short Stories

The Bad, the Good and Two Fly fishing Women by Randy Kadish

The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women: A Life-Changing Day on a RiverWhen her mother deserts her to be with a new man, Amanda is hurt and betrayed. She loses faith in the world. To soothe her pain, she retreats into fly fishing, until she learns that her loving grandmother has terminal cancer.

Amanda struggles to find answers. Then one day she discovers that her grandmother, against the doctor’s orders, has gone fishing somewhere on the Junction River. Frightened, Amanda, along with Shana, her adopted dog, and Vernon, a grieving alcoholic, searches the river—but marches into an unexpected, terrifying event that, in a surprising way, helps her learn to forgive and to see the good in the world.

This is the second story I have read by Randy Kadish; as a writer and a fisherman I must say that I really enjoy the way he tells a story. He paints a vivid picture that puts you “in the moment” emotionally and otherwise. I love the way he describes the relationship between the young woman and her grandmother; it also makes me very jealous (I wish I had such a role model in my life) Isn’t it amazing how the many things we can learn fishing can help us in our real lives?  This is a wonderful coming of age story.

The Second Fly Caster by Randy Kadish

The Second Fly Caster: Fatherhood, Recovery and an Unforgettable TournamentFrom The Second Fly Caster:

When I was a boy I thought my father was the greatest fly caster on earth, so I grew up dreaming of following in his way and not of becoming, as my mother wanted, an accountant.

Today, I am a man who often relives the important events in my life, but when I think back to the five state casting tournaments my father won, most of their images and sounds have melted and flowed into downstream memories, except for the images and sounds of one special tournament. Instead of fading over time, they ripened in my mind in more than just a visual way, and now they are almost as vivid as the moments of today. …

I enjoy reading short stories because they usually tell a great story, have a lesson involved and move on. This story is no exception. A boy idolizes his father and feels threatened when a better fly caster comes along. While he loves watching his father cast his rod, he doesn’t see the real value of the patience and practice until he meets another, more skilled caster than his dad. But instead of dethroning the father as a hero in his son`s eyes, the new fisherman gives the son a better perspective on why casting meant so much for his father. After practising, he honoured his father by breaking the record he was never able to.

My father was a fly-caster. While I was too young to appreciate or even remember his skills, I remember my father`s face when he would talk about fishing and pour over magazines to learn how to make his own flies. I enjoyed this story because it mentally put me in a place where I could appreciate my father`s love of his hobby and mourn the fact that he never went fishing again during the last 20  years of his life – it made me very sad for him.

Farm Philosophy by Mel Groening

Farm PhilosophyThis is an entertaining, ten year compilation of Mel’s “Farm Philosophy” articles which were published in the Manitoba AgriPost Newspaper. Be prepared to both laugh and cry as Mel candidly describes many relationships and life experiences growing up and working on the farm. Poking fun at poor farming and business practices, money management and politics are showcased in most every article. Don’t think for a second that this is a book of gossip; Mel is the first to humbly express personal failures and mishaps in his own life as he openly shares his extremely unique opinions on a variety of topics. Mel believed strongly in both using and sharing your gifts and talents with others. Both young and old will appreciate the flair of his unforgettable storytelling ability. How Mel remembered the plethora of things that happened when he was in grade three, is a question for his Heavenly Father, who he is without a doubt, enjoying in eternity right now! Brace yourself as your opinions and perspectives will be put under a microscope, while Mel practically shares some of his gleanings from the most popular Book ever written.

For ten years, columnist Mel Groening shared his witty and insightful farm philosophy`s with readers in the monthly edition of the Agri-Post, a Manitoba based monthly publication. After he passed away, his family put together his well written columns in one volume for everyone to enjoy. While the majority of his topics are farm related, the general philosophies are age-old and many readers will relate.

This book is a must-have for anyone who enjoys a combination of short stories that are entertaining yet educational. My late father (a dairy farmer) would have loved this book. 

Night Encounter by Suzanne Jenkins

A Night EncounterA Night Encounter is a very short story about regrets and self-forgiveness. A daughter’s disrespect borne of sibling rivalry comes back to haunt her in a most unusual and gentle way.

 

What a beautiful story. I did wish it was longer – i sensed there is much more of a story to tell. I too have had visits from my mother from beyond the grave. I honestly believe our loved ones send us these signs so we know they are truly never far away. Enjoy the butterflies.

Legacy of the Highlands by Harriett Schultz

Legacy of the Highlands

Young, good-looking, successful and wealthy. Alexandra and Will Cameron had it all until he went out to buy ice cream after an evening of passionate sex and never returned. When his body is discovered in a nearby Boston alley, the only clue to his murder is the Scottish sgian dubh dagger left beside it. Will’s grieving widow finds refuge in the Miami villa of his best friend Diego Navarro, who has the means, power and temperament to solve the puzzle and to avenge his friend’s murder. The sinfully handsome and charming womanizer’s feelings for Alexandra run deep, and he becomes equally determined to win the devastated widow’s heart. The attraction between them grows as they follow leads from Miami to Buenos Aires and Scotland, unraveling the Cameron family’s centuries-old secrets.

I started off reading Lust and Honor by Harriet Schultz and ended up thrilled by the story, yet disappointed it was just a teaser. My disappointment turned into excitement when I discovered the continued story in Legacy of the Highlands. I really enjoyed this fast moving love story that involved my favourite country (Scotland); I look forward to seeing if there is more to this story as it did end in a manner that it could continue. Cudos to the author.

Critical Incident by Troy Blackford

Critical IncidentA wave of inexplicable vandalism from the city’s homeless sweeps the town – but the more the local police force tug on the thread of what might be behind this strangely coordinated effort, the more their understanding of events unravels.

Soon, a group of officers are swept into a dark and deadly underground world of murder and medical supplies, chemicals and corruption, confusion and confectioner’s gel. A head-scratching mystery quickly becomes a heart-pounding action thrill ride filled with twists, turns, and maybe even a Pez dispenser supercomputer or two.

I don’t normally read this type of book but I took a chance. This is an author that should keep writing (he weaves a very good story) but there were some spelling/typos that I found myself wanting to correct. Regardless, I am looking forward to the next installment in what promises to be a good series.

The Pit Stop by Carmen DeSousa

The Pit StopThe Pit Stop (This Stop Could be Life or Death) is a FREE nine-thousand-word mini mystery with a paranormal edge by bestselling romantic-suspense author Carmen DeSousa. If you are looking for her full-length novels, please check out She Belongs to Me, Land of the Noonday Sun, and Entangled Dreams.

Book description:
When what seems like a normal pit stop turns to more than just gas and food, a lost couple finds themselves searching for the truth of a twenty-year-old mystery that may cost them their life.

Nice little short story. This story keeps you guessing on what is going to happen, along with a little help from the other side. I look forward to seeing the author’s other stories! Keep up the great work.

After the Fire by Fred Bubbers

After The Fire: A Personal Essay

A memoir about a writing workshop and the teacher whose lessons on the art of fiction and the art of living continue to teach and inspire thirty years later.

I enjoyed this story because it put me in a place where I could imagine what it would be like for a person such as myself to walk into a university and try to sign up for a writing class. I have wanted to do so, but even after published several thousand articles in a monthly paper, I STILL question my actual skill enough to be too cowardly to submit my work for other people’s criticism (yet I have since published four books) It seems like no matter how long or much we write, we are still our worst critics and hearing what other people think about our work both validates our pieces and our talent. I am glad the author continues to write and I am eager to check out his other work.

Bonnifer by Fred Bubbers

Bonnifer

A short story about a married office worker struggling with temptation and desire while flirting with an older woman on a sultry summer evening in Greenwich Village.

This is the second story I have read by Fred Bubbers. While I was not thrilled with the subject matter (the cheating aspect) of the story, I enjoyed the way the author shared his thoughts and activities. Bubbers knows how engage a reader by weaving an interesting tale and I credit him for reigniting my love for short stories. Keep up the great work.

Review – The Bridge by William E. Thomas

The Bridge: A short storyA broken down truck blocking a bridge over the river in rural Holland leads to an unexpected encounter between a Dutch woman and an English holiday maker. Could this middle-aged, bearded man really be the young soldier she had fallen in love with when he dropped from the skies to capture the very same bridge 30 years ago?

A heartbreaking love story set amongst some of the most brutal and devastating scenes of the Second World War written by a man who witnessed it all and lived to tell the tale.

I don’t normally read war stories and I am glad that I made this one my first in over two decades. I found the author’s tale very engaging and it made me want to know the rest of the story. Our generation and the ones after us seem to have forgotten the importance of these wars and the sacrifices made by the men and women who gave their lives for our freedoms. Stories like this are important to share, especially when coming from the mouths of those who were actually there; fiction or otherwise, when they come from someone who has been there, you know there is some truth to it. I especially like that even though the author is incapacitated; his family is still sharing his stories with the world. Thank you William Thomas, for your service and sharing your stories.