Tag: Tall Tales

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Following is my very belated roundup post containing all the posts for the September 2016 topic, Tall Tales. Here is the original sign-up post. If an entry that was posted as a conversation on the topic is missing from this list, please let me know. One of the reasons to post now: an extra chance […]

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I’m Rick James, Mitch I used to work at a seedy headshop on Ventura Blvd. In addition to the tobacco pipes and window decals of Calvin micturating on Car Brands – we also respectfully sold “Oil Burners” or “Crack Pipes” as they’re more commonly known. One day, I was in the back doing the weekly inventory […]

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George was the legitimate son of a British duke. If you know much about British styles, you might know that the younger sons of dukes and marquesses are styled “Lord forename surname.” So, for instance, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill’s father was Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill, since he was a younger son of one of the […]

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Instead of spinning you some tall tale, I thought I’d instead tell you a completely true tale about my experience in a Lying Contest. This was a few years ago, after I had moved back home after living in “the city” for about a decade. We were having Sunday Dinner (proper noun)–beans and cornbread, my grandfather’s […]

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The following is a piece I remember from my childhood. Its rhythm and rhyme scheme fits its inherent “tall tale” nature, making it more memorable. So I’m just passing along some unknown person’s creation for your enjoyment – and I hope it does lift your spirits a bit as it does mine. (Sorry for the […]

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As the sun traveled westward a single tear dropped slowly down the old man’s face. He stared transfixed. Diamonds seemed to float atop the surface of the lake. He’d fished the lake for nearly thirty years, but he’d always been busy with the trout, unaware of the revelation atop the waters. He tried to add […]

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I finished my post for this month’s group writing assignment a while ago and pulled it up again this morning to give it one last read-through before posting. Almost immediately I realized I had a problem: I had not written a Tall Tale. I thought I had. I figured, when I sat down to write, […]

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Tall Tales: Gagara Yasin

 

dadweb2The year was 1956.

I knew something was horribly wrong that night, when Ahmadu dropped the soup! Normally exquisitely self-possessed, immaculately groomed, and imperturbable, our man-servant and friend was disheveled, the color of cement, and shaking like a leaf with acute anxiety and palpable fear.

Our little family—myself, Kay, and our imperious eighteen-month-old daughter, known behind her back as “She Who Must Be Obeyed”—were living in Idah at the time, among the people of the Igala kingdom.

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When Grosseteste suggested topics for Group Writing and I landed on this sentence: ” Make up an unbelievable story that is compelling” – It occurred to me that I don’t need to make up a story that is unbelievable. I’ve a family history of mental telepathy that – if I’d heard it from an another source – […]

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At St Alban’s Abbey in Hertfordshire in 1217 or thereabouts, a young monk named Matthew Paris was being taught watercolor washes for illuminating manuscripts by a fellow monk and painter, Master Walter. Matthew saw two men, one a cleric and one not, removing important-looking boxes and cloth from a nearby room and asked “are these […]

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Boy Bites Dog

 

I took my favorite baseball bat (Ok, my only baseball bat), and a hatchet, and started chopping. A few minutes later I had very serviceable club, about 18-20 inches long, and with a short, but still sharp point on the end. I started carrying that in my paper bag from that point on.

I didn’t tell anyone, of course. Because I never did. I was 11… plenty old enough to be making my own decisions.

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My daughters are teenagers now, but sometimes in their old loft play area, you can find evidence of their storytelling–a scrap of paper with a cryptic message scrawled in pencil, pretend report cards with bad grades in citizenship, a sign for a boutique with the name “Cute as a Cupcake.” Siblings fight, sometimes horrendously, but […]

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It has been said by more than a few well meaning folks that my wife and I possess unique, inherent properties, properties that seem to manifest themselves through an uncanny magnetic attraction to tornadic storms. Indeed, over the past 7 years, we have encountered, or been in uncomfortably close proximity to, no fewer than 6 […]

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The Bus uncoiled from the serpentine road to Hanauma Bay and deposited me at a parking lot above the cliff lined circular paradise. I’d met a hotel clerk and a couple Aussie girls on The Bus and I shared the trip down to the beach which was a long long trip, mostly because I was […]

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Being a hyperactive ADHD kid it was inevitable that I was headed for some risk taking and this is the story of a few weeks in Hawaii my senior year of medical school. It began with a hallucinogen. Since these are tall tales I suppose I could discuss the first hallucinogen I took; however, I […]

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(Author’s Note: I originally posted this on my blog site, but considering the group writing topic I couldn’t resist re-posting. This story is about 80% true. You can decide for yourself what parts of it are exaggerated.) I’m forty-four now, and I figure that I’ve lived enough to have some interesting personal stories. The go-to’s […]

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Day One of September Group Writing posts. I’m Publius Horatius Cocles and today’s topic is bridge defense. It may not be a problem where you live, but a long time ago in Rome the city was all on one side of the Tiber River. This was part of our defense. When Clusium, a neighboring city, […]

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