The Edge of Darkness – Pt. 3

Damon felt as if his heart were about to leap from his chest, and he brought his right hand up to still its throbbing. To his surprise, he found a normal heartbeat. He thought it must be Mark’s heartbeat he felt, and he glanced at his brother. The expression on Mark’s...

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The Edge of Darkness – Part 2

Damon paid scant attention to the cemetery shadows as they raced past the graveyard. The friendly confines of Reding’s Mill welcomed the boys, and they slowed to a walk when they hit the first sidewalk. They looked at each other in that “twin way,” the brave smiles a...

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The Edge of Darkness – Pt. 1

Here's a little change of pace this week from my usual type of blog post. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this short story I've been working on for a while. THE EDGE OF DARKNESS “A graveyard wind,” Damon called the sudden breeze. “Cold and damp as a...

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1956 — 6th Grade and a New Baby Sister

In the fall of 1956, I began the 6th Grade at Margaret Hedrick Elementary. There were two 6th Grade classes, and Mr. Robert Blake taught the class I attended. His wife taught the other. Front Row, L to R: Carol Anderson, Judy Gunning, (??), Jimmy Doull, Jim Herberich,...

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A New Year and a New School

The new school year was 1955. Gasoline was 23 cents a gallon, the Mickey Mouse Club had just started on TV, the first McDonalds had opened (NOT in El Centro), and Disneyland opened its doors! A new elementary school had just opened in El Centro – Margaret Hedrick...

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Our Families Move to New Houses – 1954

In the fall of 1954, I began 3rd Grade at Harding Elementary School. I don’t remember the reason exactly, but it wasn’t long before the “powers that be,” namely, my parents and my teacher, Mrs. Shepard, decided I was ill-suited for 3rd Grade studies and decided I...

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My Nano’s Birthday is April 9

On April 9, 1891, my Nano (Luigi Billuni) was born in San Biagio Platani, a small village in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, where our last name was spelled Bellone, but it got changed somewhere along the line. Luigi came to the United States in 1912 and worked in...

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LIFE AT PIONEER TRAILER PARK – PT. 2

When we weren’t playing “cowboys and Indians” or swimming at Sunbeam Lake or riding with Mom and Auntie Honey in the jalopy, we four boys kept ourselves busy with productive projects. With both Dad and Uncle Ernie in the construction trades, we all learned how to...

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Life at the Pioneer Trailer Park

Well, I guess we’ll leave the world of flash fiction and return to those good ol’ days of yesteryear. In 1954, while the Billuni family and the Holden family—all 8 of us—were living on Euclid Ave in El Centro, Uncle Ernie heard from a neighbor that the city had...

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Oma Tells a Story – (Conclusion)

“Oh, please go on, Oma,” Rebecca begged. “It’s a wonderful story. What happened after Opa decided not to be a Jew?” “It’s very sad. You’d think it might be the non-Jewish people who were upset, but it wasn’t. They were happy, in fact, to have a convert in their...

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