Dad And The Magical Elixir

Dad kept a bottle of booze in the pantry when we were growing up. He never drank from it. It was for medicinal purposes. If he smashed his thumb and it turned into a mangled lump he could pour the booze on it to relieve the swelling. He smashed a lot of thumbs back then.…

Billy Loses Phil Collins’ Number

A man authorities are calling “Billy” has been frantically searching for British pop singer Phil Collins since April. Billy, you may recall, was asked by Mr. Collins in 1985 not to lose his number. After nearly 30 years Billy lost the number, and he is trying to get in touch with Collins so he can…

Snodgrass

This short story by Mike Sajovie appears in “Sleigh Bells and Muckrakers” (copyright 2013). The italicized portions were borrowed from Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” – an American poem that was published in 1888. J. Lewis Snodgrass was a self-proclaimed journalist who challenged baseball owners to change their ways or face dire consequences.…