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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The Man in the Brown Coat

This special short, short story centers on a different kind of haunting, not from without, but from within. The darkness that comes from a profound loneliness that quietly haunts the souls of many.

5 to 15 minutes

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The Black Cat

As Halloween approaches, our tales of horror grow more grisly with a classic scary story, The Black Cat by one of America’s greatest devisers of dread, Edgar Allan Poe.

15 TO 30 MINUTES

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Yuki-Onna

Ghost stories have been told around the world and often based on mythical creatures or spirits. Those living in the cold, snowy regions of Japan created the legend of a winter spirit called Yuki-Onna (or snow woman) whose beauty helps her tprey on those lost in brutal winter storms.

5 TO 15 MINUTES

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The Boarded Window

What led a man to live an isolated life at his ramshackle cabin, with a boarded up window, in the former American wilderness? What is the tragic story that led him to this doleful existence?

5 TO 15 MINUTES

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Three Questions

What should we do, when should we do it, and whose direction should we take? Those three questions have plagued humanity throughout time. Where can the answers be found or are they unanswerable?

5 to 15 minutes

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