Misery

Loneliness is painful enough under normal circumstances, but social rejection in the face of a personal crisis can be devastating.

5 to 15 Minutes

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A Pair of Silk Stockings

Money has the power to take us away, if only temporarily, from the due routines of life. However, there is always a price to pay for our fiscal flights of fancy and real life eventually hoists its humdrum head again.

10 to 15 minutes

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The Good and The Bad Little Boy

In the 19th Century particularly, good boys are supposed to enjoy the fruits of the righteousness, and bad boys were destined for eternal damnation, at least according to Sunday School books, but according to Mark Twain, life often contradicted expectation.

15 to 30 Minutes

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The Monkey's Paw

Humans are rarely content with their lot in life. We long for something more and, all too often believe that, given the right opportunity, our lives can be made better in an instant through some fortunate event, like winning a lottery.

15 to 30 Minutes

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The Damned Thing

As Halloween approaches, here is a bonus scary Litreading from one of my favorite authors. It’s the story of a mysterious death in the 19th-century American wilderness.

15 to 30 minutes

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