Famous Last Words

Consider these quotes from the past:"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." --Western Union internal memo, 1876."Everything that can be invented has been...

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Black Flies

What is there about me that attracts black flies? I can be in the same place as the rest of my family, and they all leave without a single bite while I am literally covered. And to top it off, I must be a bit allergic to them, as each bite-site tends to swell into a...

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Finishing the Course

The course had been rocky.As a beginning rider, I had never purposefully done canter-jumping, and I had only occasionally done more than one jump at a time. But here I was, seated on Sir Steven, in the middle of the ring with 12 other contenders, riding an “Equitation...

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John had been gone a week when Helen was awakened at midnight by Eva's cries. I'll warm a bottle for her, Helen decided. As she stepped into the hall, she was startled to see flames consuming the whole kitchen wall. There had been nothing to make her suspect fire-no...

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