She was a memorist, holding onto the collective experiences of an entire generation.
We all depended on her for our memories—faces in scrapbooks, grandma’s favourite recipes, names of distant relatives.
On the day she died, all she remembered faded away and her family was left with only a void.
Candace Kubinec posts her stories at storydribbles.wordpress.com and her poetry at rhymeswithbug.com.
The train station convenience store cashier in the Austrian podunk where I’m homeless spices things up with foreign phrases. He might greet a customer with “Bonjour” or “Master Commander.”
As he hands me my change, I whisper, “Danke.”
He replies, “You are welcome,” and I fantasise that I finally am.
Angela Brett is a mathematician and linguist by training, programmer by trade, and writer by neglecting everything else. She is a New Zealander living in Austria and writing at angelastic.com
Given within context, he was good, evil, thoughtful, thoughtless, kind, cruel, selfless, selfish, generous, mean, wise, stupid, careless, careful, amateurish, and professional.
Given without context, he was an enigma, a solution in search of a problem, a dilemma, a paradox.
Given the paradox, he was every inch a human being.
Ed Errington lives and relaxes in North Queensland, Australia. Despite being born in the same year as the ‘Rothwell UFO Incident’, he manages to gets on well with earthlings and only uses his tentacles in self-defense.