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the best laid schemes o' mice an' men

Eighty years ago this month, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was first published. Based on Steinbeck’s own experiences as a bindlestiff – an impoverished migratory worker – in California during the 1920s, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, best friends and migrant farm workers who dream of one day owning a ranch together, but whose circumstances make it impossible.  83 more words


Judge Delays Sentencing For Hobos Member Groggy From Meds

CHICAGO (CBS) — The near-certain prospect of spending the rest of his life in federal prison was weighing on Byron “B-Rupt” Brown on Tuesday, so he doubled down on his anti-anxiety medication before his trip to the downtown federal courthouse. 549 more words



“Don’t act a punk with a gun to your head.” – Wise saying by Shiraku Tess ☺

This is a saying from a book of wise sayings I’m working on called ‘Tess’ Wise Sayings’. 535 more words


The Other Side of the Tracks

Arkansas Freight

Always, there were the trains. Whistles in the night; the sharp, insistent whining of brakes; the vibration at the country grade crossing as a highballing freight passed by: all hinted at goings and comings, arrivals and departures, denied to us as children. 1,322 more words


A Life of Ease

carefree vagabond
enjoys the free wildflowers
never pulls a weed
rests in the shady woods
never plants a tree


Jury Finds Accused Chicago Hobos Gang Leaders Guilty

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal jurors at the biggest gang trial in recent Chicago history on Wednesday convicted the core leadership of the Hobos, who prosecutors billed as an “all-star team” of the type of ruthless gangs police largely blame for an alarming spike in homicides in 2016. 889 more words


Adoption - flash fiction

I wrote this story almost two years ago for a flash-fiction writing challenge, and I’m not sure why it’s been on my mind and heart the past few days. 144 more words