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Richard Daybell – Novels, stories and short humor

Boy meets duck . . .

. . .boy loses duck, boy finds girl. At Disney World, Paul is picked up by a five-foot duck named Huey. Duckness proves to be skin deep, however, for Huey … Continue reading

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I Fell in Love with Marietta . . .

I fell in love with Marietta that week. Marietta was beautiful, sensitive, vulnerable. Her silken hair wafted in an eternal breeze. Her diaphanous gowns clung to her supple torso. She … Continue reading

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Love and Loss, Sex and Skullduggery . . .

. . . conquests, failures, foibles – these are the elements of calypso, the stories in song that personify the islands of the West Indies. Calypso: Stories of the Caribbean … Continue reading

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Wretched Richard’s Almanac: Where’s the Soda, Jerk

April 24, 1819 Samuel Fahnestock was given a patent for the first soda fountain in 1819. Carbonated mineral water was all the rage at the time. Joseph Priestley had created … Continue reading

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Wretched Richard’s Almanac: Me Tarzan. Flash Gordon, Too

April 23, 1983 Athlete turned actor, Buster Crabbe (Clarence Linden Crabbe II), looking back over his career, could easily have said “been there, done that.” After winning Olympic gold in … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wretched Richard’s Almanac: And Right Afterward, We’ll Get Married

April 22 ,1886 In a blow to lounge lizards everywhere, the state of Ohio passed a law making seduction unlawful. Covering any man over 18, it prohibited sex, consensual or … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Wretched Richard’s Almanac: Seems Like We Struck Out

April 21, 1986 Notorious gangster Al Capone moved to Chicago in 1919 where he built a career in gambling, alcohol, and prostitution rackets, eventually becoming Chicago’s go-to guy in the … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

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