Walk In Our Shoes – A 21st Century “Christmas Carol”

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 0 comments

Walk In Our Shoes – A 21st Century “Christmas Carol”

WALK IN OUR SHOES A Christmas Carol for the 21st Century © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour Jack was ticked off with the hypocrisy of the world! He was angry and frustrated with all the different religions claiming they were the one and the only way to some higher order or afterlife. In his opinion, most people couldn’t manage the life they had now! It was Christmas Eve and Jack sat at home, alone. He had refused the traditional invitation to Rebecca and Ian’s home for holiday festivities. Who did they think they were––Rebecca was Jewish; Ian was a...

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Grandma “D”

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 0 comments

Grandma “D”

© Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour Dorothy Marshall was her name, but everyone called her Grandma “D.” Jason had lived with her since he was ten––she was old then. He’d been told if he messed up there, it was the end of the line for him. Grandma “D” didn’t say much and didn’t have a lot of rules, but one thing she insisted on was respect. “You won’t get anywhere in life, Jason, without respect for others, and yourself,” she’d said. Jason was playing Junior “A” hockey now and his biggest fan was Grandma “D.” She never missed a game. He recalled the day...

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Remembrance Day –

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | Comments Off on Remembrance Day –

Remembrance Day –

IN REMEMBRANCE OF Dedicated to my grandfather: Alexander Beaumont Small ©Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour The silence brought countless memories back to Alexander Beaumont Small. He wondered how many people gathered at this cenotaph understood what it was like to fight in a war. He opened his eyes and studied the group of high school students. He’d never gone to high school; there was too much work to do on the farm. He and brothers Bob, Henry, and Charles had been taught advanced figures by their father. They were also expected to study from the...

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Saying Goodbye to a friend of the heart…

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 1 comment

Saying Goodbye to a friend of the heart…

This story is dedicated to a special friend who has been in my family’s life for a long time. A month ago, I posted this story when he was ill; we had hoped modern medicine would be able to keep him here with us for a few more years. Unfortunately, our dear friend, Patrick Allen, passed away on April 14, 2015 – a friend of our heart… DEAR PATCH Dedicated to Patrick Allen © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour   Winter in North Hampton hadn’t changed much over the 90 years Winifred had lived there: it was still cold and damp,...

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The Barn Wall by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour – A story of memories for your reading pleasure…

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 0 comments

The Barn Wall by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour – A story of memories for your reading pleasure…

THE BARN WALL © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour Sally sat on the edge of her bed gazing around the room she had slept in for the past ten years. She had given up the large master bedroom when her daughter Angel married Mike. It had been the proper thing to do, and the room had produced three terrific grandchildren for her. However, the time had finally arrived for Sally to leave her home: she knew she soon would need constant care with the way her eyesight was failing. Sally stood, walked over to the window and pulled the curtain across. The old...

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A Sunday Morning Read – Dear Patch, by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | Comments Off on A Sunday Morning Read – Dear Patch, by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

A Sunday Morning Read –  Dear Patch, by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

This story is dedicated to a special friend who has been in my family’s life for a long time. At the moment, he is very ill – hopefully, modern medicine will be able to keep him here with us for a few more years… DEAR PATCH © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour   Winter in North Hampton hadn’t changed much over the 90 years Winifred had lived there: it was still cold and damp, tormented by dreary, drizzling rain that seemed to go on forever. Winifred wandered around her tiny, ground level flat. It had been twelve years since her...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish story for your pleasure – Charlie and the Elves

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 1 comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish story for your pleasure – Charlie and the Elves

CHARLIE AND THE ELVES by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour Dedicated to all the “little people” Once upon a time, in a small town in Southern Ireland, there lived a little boy named Charlie. Now everyone in town knew of Charlie’s great imagination, but none quite so much as the grandmother with whom he lived. Every day, Charlie would trip down off to the nearby woods and upon reaching the heart of the massive redwoods he would begin to sing his song: “Come out, come out, come out to play, For the sun does shine so brightly...

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“Irish Month” – A short story for your pleasure – Return to the Sea by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 3 comments

“Irish Month” – A short story for your pleasure – Return to the Sea by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

RETURN TO THE SEA ©Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour The smell of salt water was strong in Muirin’s nostrils, and she felt strangely calm. “Not long now,” Conall informed as he turned the car onto a gravel lane. Muirin was nervous. She’d never met her great grandmother. Sending her to Ireland had been her father’s idea. “I want you to meet yer great grandmother Keelin afore she passes on,” he’d said, Irish still in his words. “She knows our family history and I ‘ave bin thinkin’ it is time to record the truths along with a wee bit o’ the tales. Since...

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