Category Archives: Short Stories

Utah

Red dust from the desert filtered into the tent as the morning sun rose. At dawn the light was diffuse and the triangle of fabric enclosed space was peaceful. Then the first of the sun’s direct rays brushed the canvas … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the Devil

Tim Hunt is a 72-year old British Nobel laureate who was forced to resign from his position at the University College of London this week because of things he said at a press conference. Those sentences have been reproduced widely … Continue reading

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Elk Reduction

In the winter of 1964, some time after Christmas, an old bull elk stumbled down through the steaming terraces of Mammoth Hot Spring. It was a bitter cold and windless night in the far northwest corner of Wyoming. Snow was … Continue reading

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Phenotyping and the Bucketmouth Beard

When the Personal Genome Project(PGP) launched and the first ten volunteers were inducted, it was clear that they were intent on more than just genomics. Most of us were photographed with a little 10cm ruler taped to the middle of our … Continue reading

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Type I Diabetes – A Day in My Daughter’s Life

A parent easily falls into the trap of describing the most horrific of their adolescent children’s behaviors. There are always those loud and angry interactions of one brain soaked with testosterone interacting with another one soaking in 400 mg/dl glucose. … Continue reading

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Sam is My Hero

Sam is a streamliner. Everyone knows who they are, although no one calls them that when the teachers are around. He’s one of the kids who wouldn’t be in the main high school if it weren’t for a special program. … Continue reading

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A Trip to Lake Wobegon

A story inspired by Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion podcasts It was a hot, sunny afternoon in Lake Wobegon, late in the month of July, and the blueberries were ripening, turning that glorious shade of purple royal blue that only … Continue reading

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