“‘I love to tell the story,…'” Memorable Fancies #1680

“Our priests and wise men are ruining the tales they tell us,” the people say, “those old stories we heard as children, so beautiful and profound. “No, now the priests and wise men insist that these are not Tales, but Fact. “That is how they ruin them.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Who Am I?” / Memorable Fancies #1208

He turns to look at the waves just now breaking on the shore. Yes, he thinks, the scene is just like that famous painting. And he himself could pass for the man in the painting who’s admiring the shore, just now having turned to look at. Or the painter who’d painted moving water, stilling the breaking wave. Or a museum visitor, staring at the painting on the wall. Yes, he thinks, he’s always had that small problem of knowing who he was, which of his many persons he could be that day... … [Read more...]

“Explaining My Failures” / Memorable Fancies #1413

[“He had two systems of interpretation to explain his failure.” – Susan Sontag (quoting Sartre)] The first system explained his failure. The second system explained flaws in the first system, proving that his life had been successful after all. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without fee. … [Read more...]

“Happy Birthday, World!” / Memorable Fancies #1355

According to the computations of James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, (lived 1581-1656), the first day of creation began at sundown on October 22, 4004 B.C. and was concluded the following day, the world having been created overnight, ready for the ensuing creation of rain and fishes and people and things. Other authorities placed the beginning of creation at 12 noon on that date; but Ussher followed the Jewish custom marking the beginning of each day at sundown; therefore the “day” of … [Read more...]

“The Buzz” / Memorable Fancies #1343

There’s a noise in my head; it’s been there all my life, a buzzing sound, perhaps a carrier-wave like a radio station after the day’s sign-off. My head waits for a broadcast by some god who seems to have left the power-switch on and departed. Perhaps he’s trying to think of something he should tell us, like why he disappeared and left us godless. [* Author’s note: According to medical authorities, tinnitus does not always present as a ringing sound – some people hear other things, such as … [Read more...]

“The War-Dead Commission” / Memorable Fancies #1312

The War-Dead Commission finds a few human remains at Napoleon’s old battlefield of Borodino. With DNA analysis, now, their closest living relatives can be located. They are given a few microscopic bone shards and a folded flag. With these new tools available to them, the Commission searches farther and farther back in time: Roncesvalles, Salamis, the storming of Jericho, Abel falling from his brother’s harsh touch. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian … [Read more...]

“Ticking … Ticking” / Memorable Fancies #1300

[“Time is in love with endings.” – Charles Tomlinson] That constant ticking ... it’s driving me crazy. Won’t it just be over? And then to be same, same, same forever. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without fee. … [Read more...]