short stories

The Society Page Editor – The Latest News From Watervalley

The Society Page Editor – The Latest News From Watervalley

Bitsy Hamilton came by my office this past week with a rather unusual request. She wanted my advice on an obituary. Bitsy is the editor of the society page for the Village Voice, a position she has proudly held since the Reagan Administration. A likeable but somewhat proper old spinster, for decades she has meticulously […]

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February Update: From the Doctor’s Office…

February Update: From the Doctor’s Office…

It’s been an interesting week in Watervalley… one with a rather curious ending. Christine has been attending several bridal shows in Nashville and candidly, she’s been rather secretive about the whole wedding plans. All I can say is, Boom! I couldn’t be happier. Early on I offered a few opinions about the big day. Dumb […]

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From the Doctor’s Office

From the Doctor’s Office

It’s been and interesting week of patients in Watervalley. Oni Kinser came in Monday with a black eye. Florence, his wife of twenty-plus years had given it to him, accidentally. It seems that while the two of them were in the garden, Florence, who is rather wide in the hips, was bent over picking green […]

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The Skinny Dippers

The Skinny Dippers

  Margie Reynolds came by Monday morning requesting to see me in my office. Margie is forty-two and gave birth to her second child, Cybil Ann this last December. Given that she and her husband Larry’s oldest child, Martha Lynn, graduated Vanderbilt in April, Cybil Ann was the definition of a bonus baby. Margie was […]

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The Easter Sunday Service

The Easter Sunday Service

      The week before Easter, in a moment of weakness and Christian charity, Lida Wilkins invited her niece, Jasmine and her husband, Turk, to join her for the Easter worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Watervalley. By the time Easter Sunday was over, Lida felt confident that Jasmine and Turk had well-defended their […]

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The Mother In Law

The Mother In Law

When Randy and Marvelle Simpkins ate at Applebee’s last week, for the first time in years, he ordered a drink from the bar. It was a Scotch…. a double. They were in Atlanta and had just dropped off Althea, his mother-in-law, after a two-week visit to Watervalley. Randy had always gotten along fine with Althea. But […]

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