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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: And My Other Brother Joaquin

July 25, 1853 He was an infamous cutthroat bandit. Or he was a a 19th century Robin Hood. One thing was certain, Joaquin Murrieta was a notorious figure in California … Continue reading

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Wretched Richard’s Almanac: The Egg and I

July 24, 1934 Ornithologists at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, having precious little to do in 1934, hatched – or rather engineered the hatching of, since they didn’t actually sit … Continue reading

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Wretched Richard’s Almanac: Mr. Blackwell Does Not Approve

July 23, 1851 In 1840s and 50s New England, both the women’s suffrage and temperance movements were heating up. The convention held at Seneca Falls in 1848 to discuss “the … Continue reading

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Wretched Richard’s Almanac: The Moon Is Alive with the Sound of Music

July 22, 1959 Plan 9 From Outer Space is not the worst picture ever made. It’s probably not even the worst film to premier on July 22, 1959. The film … Continue reading

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