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In my Hector Mortlake books, the plot is interspersed with stories told by other characters.  Here is an extract from the latest, the third adventure, during which Laird Baird recounts a strange encounter from his childhood. 1,508 more words

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Ask Me by William Stafford

In a book I recently bought, I came across this fascinating poem by William Stafford.

Ask Me

Some time when the river is ice ask me… 385 more words


The Wise Knight

“Lance for hire!  Lance for hire!” The man in the burnished armour rode toward the marketplace, proclaiming his availability.  The villagers gathered eagerly.  The children were especially excited by the diversion.  520 more words

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The Runaways

Spoon answered the door.  His face fell.

“I knew this time would come,” he said flatly.

Lady Ladle held out her arms.  “You don’t have a hug for your mother?   355 more words

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the way that is the thread

The Way It Is

William Stafford

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing. 1,223 more words

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