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- Mon, 09:17: Christmas short story: “Words With the Big Guy”: http://t.co/gDhdmH05 A short story Christmas gift to you all -- Merry Christmas!
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nbsp; “Words With the Big Guy” was originally a gift to readers who bought my novel Storm Chaser last Christmas; this year, it was printed in the Christmas insert of the Albion New Era, Churubusco News, and Northwest News newspapers. The story was inspired by “Santa’s Spirit”, which I wrote in 2006 for the Christmas edition of my column, “Slightly Off the Mark”.
“Words With the Big Guy” features Beth Hamlin, a popular character from Storm Chaser and its prequel short story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts; but this story takes place before those events, so no spoilers. Merry Christmas!
WORDS WITH THE BIG GUY
nbsp; Santa Claus stood in front of the Noble County Courthouse, checking the harnesses on his reindeer.
nbsp; The real Santa Claus.
nbsp; Across the street Beth Hamlin slid to a stop and grabbed her friend Kim’s arm. “Do you see what I see?”
nbsp; “I thought we –?“ Kim followed her gaze. “Oh.”( Collapse )
SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK
nbsp; This being Christmastime, I thought it might be a good time to discuss Christmas. Yes, my mind does sometimes flow in logical, if obvious, directions.
nbsp; Christmas is, again obviously, a celebration of the birth of Christ. Or maybe not so obviously. In fact, that might be one of the single most forgotten facts of the Christmas season, and in today’s politically correct world we’re often encouraged not to mention Jesus while marking Jesus’ birthday.
It’s kind of like celebrating Independence Day without mentioning Independence, or America, or powdered wigs. It’s a known fact that we beat the British army because that powder kept getting in their eyes.( Collapse )