Friday, 6 May 2016

Paw In The Door

When I introduce myself as a pet psychologist, I tend to get funny looks, laughter, that sort of thing. And certainly I’ve had a lot of doors slammed in my face, until I mention the service is free, paid for by their insurance company. Then they usually let me in.

I start by asking some questions about their pet, the habits the pet has, and then I begin to get background on the owners, to form a picture of the situation. I start subtle, but soon, usually, they’re confiding in me.

I only introduce myself as a pet psychologist, see…

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Losing Them Twice

He walked out on his wife and child the day mankind first walked on the moon.

Considering the circumstances and the time, the two women had a decent enough life. The community rallied around them, they didn’t live like Queens but they survived.

When the daughter turned 21, he sent a letter, asking if she wanted to meet.

The reply came back ‘return to sender’, and she assumed it had been a sick joke.

She didn’t bother to investigate, and thus never found out he had been evicted.

At least, not until she received his diaries once he’d passed away.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Behind The Media Creation

I fell in love thirty seconds into the music video.

The way she moved, the curves of her body, the way she seemed to stare through the camera into my very soul…

I knew it was all an act, but I didn’t care. I had to have her, win her, make her mine.

Luckily Dad was absolutely loaded, so this was actually possible. I bought the record company she had a contract with, and ‘accidentally’ met her. She flirted back at me, and we started dating. Thus, I met the real her.

And I fell in love all over again.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Kick Off

The hospital was very apologetic, but given that I pretty much immobile inside the cast, it was judged that it wouldn’t matter for me to share a room with a female patient, especially as she was in a coma.

Then she woke up.

After a few weeks, when they took off a couple of my casts, she began to speak, softly, although took a few more days until I could hear her.

The first question she asked me was who won the Superbowl.

I suspect my total ignorance on that subject is why she requested to move later that day.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Discordant Notes

Think of your life, and the lives of everyone around you, as music.

Some people have epic pieces that just never seem to end, telling a near infinite number of stories within their notes.

And some, their tunes are short, sad and all the more powerful for their brief runtime.

But there’s an issue with the focus people have on these pieces. Because far too many people focus on the discordant notes, the moments where the horns are flat, the percussion a little early, the point where a violin string snaps.

Far too few people focus on the beauty in-between.

Other Versions: “New Viewpoints” As Performed By George Sirois

Here is “New Viewpoints”, as read by George Sirois, you can check out more of his work at

You can read the original version here!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Grounds

They had chosen me based on my genetics, both my parents were tough, smart, skilled.

They eliminated my parents before I grasped the concept of other people, so I would only know The Grounds.

They trained me, every waking moment spent learning how to fight, how to kill.

They did everything in their power to make me a killing machine, removing every trace of empathy, compassion and human emotion.

They had high hopes for me, and I served them well for many years.

They didn’t expect me to fall in love with Target #135.

I killed them all for her.