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Relax with a short fiction story from writer Lauren Markman, written specifically for busy grown-ups to enjoy as they go about their day. Reality is a rough gig - enjoy short stories in the middle of your day.

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Relax with a short fiction story from writer Lauren Markman, written specifically for busy grown-ups to enjoy as they go about their day. Reality is a rough gig - enjoy short stories in the middle of your day.

    My Story: The Whimsical Whale on the Corner

    My Story: The Whimsical Whale on the Corner

    My story today is centered around the idea that many people make their permanent homes in places where most people only vacation.
    There were never any curtains here. Something about the beach air made people forget that sunlight could be blocked out and that morning would come anyway.
    Where do you like to go to get away from it all? Tell me in the comments.
    That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

    • 26 min
    My Story: Instructions for Care

    My Story: Instructions for Care

    My story today is about the way we can put our trust in perfect strangers - like our hair stylists.
    Maralyn insisted on maintaining the often-seen short spiky hairdo that older woman gravitated toward when they give up. She resisted Hannah’s efforts to soften her face with another style. Hannah regretted missing out on the chance to dye all those spikes Barbie pink.
    What is it about certain strangers that makes us feel like we can trust them? Tell me in the comments.
    That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

    • 19 min
    My Story: At Night I Dream of Mermaids

    My Story: At Night I Dream of Mermaids

    My story today revolves around something most of us thoroughly enjoy – sleep. But what if you didn't need to sleep anymore. How would you spend that extra time in your day?
    Stella had started a late-night crafting group and she kept sending me pictures of hip homemade wreaths, hand-stamped stationary and throw pillows with inappropriate phrases stitched on them. Her pictures came at all hours of the night and there were clusters of them waiting for my attention in the morning.
    What did you dream of last night? Tell me in the comments.
    That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

    • 19 min
    My Story: The Days Between Heartbeats

    My Story: The Days Between Heartbeats

    My story today echoes in silence - from children, from heartbeats and from the things that we do not say to the people we love.
    At pickup time my sister is late. Or rather she is always late for our agreed-upon pickup time, but since she is consistently late, maybe she is actually on time. She looks tired despite the day off, so we do not talk.
    What are you putting off saying to the people you love?
    That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

    • 12 min
    My Story: Bus People

    My Story: Bus People

    My story today is built around the idea of strangers on the bus. The shared intimacy of taking a long trip together can take its toll on people - both for the good and the bad:
    A thin young man in his mid-20s flopped down next to Robyn and immediately assumed the wide-legged spread all men assume while seated. Robyn watched him under lowered lids: The wider the parting of the legs, the more space he was trying to claim for himself. Being fat and taking up more space was one thing, spreading out your knees to take over an unrealistic amount of real estate for your crotch was another. Robyn thought some guys were really only one evolutionary step above peeing on their territory.
    Listen to Bus People and tell me about the worst bus trip you've ever taken.
    That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

    • 23 min
    My Story: Once Upon a Midnight Summer

    My Story: Once Upon a Midnight Summer

    My story today is set in the same way all parents tell stories to their children: With certain details omitted. What you want your children to know and what actually happened are two completely separate stories:
    Of course, there is a flip side to this story: One of perpetual light in which the birthrate dropped a bit and people were less likely to have one-night stands when faced with a potential lover in the bright accusing light of day outside a bar. But I’ve never met someone from the opposite side of the world to tell me that story. And I really don’t want to tell my children about one-night stands so close to bedtime. Sex education should take place in the daylight.
    Listen to Once Upon a Midnight Summer and tell me what you would change about your life if it was suddenly left in darkness.
    That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

    • 11 min

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