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2010 Stories by TD Mischke

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  • Like Trying to Stop the Sun

    published June 30, 2010

    He handed me a Bible, and I thanked him. "It's quite a book," I commented. "I've read it one time through and enjoyed most of it. The... More >>

  • It's Summertime

    published June 23, 2010

    "Summertime," the man wrote in that seductive 1930s lullaby, "and the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high. Your daddy's... More >>

  • Naked News

    published June 16, 2010

    Someone once explained the difference between the terms "nude" and "naked" by saying, if it's art, the person's nude, if it's just... More >>

  • The Talk

    published June 9, 2010

    "Well, mister, this is not how the summer is going to go. No sir, you're not going to lie around like this all morning. You're going to make... More >>

  • Frogtown Fitness

    published June 3, 2010

    "I guess the first thing that struck me was, this ain't L.A." Paul Bosco was holding court in his ramshackle storefront fitness center... More >>

  • Planet YouTube

    published May 26, 2010

    There are 120,000,000 Shiite Muslims living on the planet today, roughly the entire population of earth in 1000 BC. And 120,000,000 is... More >>

  • The triumvirate beckons

    published May 19, 2010

    "I want to sweat, Sheila, truly sweat—the deep, lush sweat of summer. I want to feel it running down the small of my back, beading on my... More >>

  • Bluegrass Hindu

    published May 12, 2010

    My dad pushed hard for me to be named after his father, Bhagat, but my mom insisted I be called "Scruggs." Dad was from Mumbai, but Mom grew up... More >>

  • "Go Get 'Em, Gang!"

    published May 5, 2010

    My name is Jeffrey Lunzerman, and I'm a salesman's salesman. I'm a rocket, a fireball, a powerhouse. I was born for this. Actually,... More >>

  • Open Wide and Say WTF

    published April 28, 2010

    "Your mouth, just hanging open like that, reminds me of river carp, Connie. This may sound odd, but it's almost like I'm viewing you mounted on... More >>

  • Men and Their Game

    published April 14, 2010

    Chuck had just lost another round of golf to his old pal Jacky Rosenthal. He walked away from the 18th green hurling clubs into the... More >>

  • Origins of a Scandal

    published April 7, 2010

    You're hardly in the rebellious fringe these days if you believe the Catholic Church is in need of some serious soul searching. No Catholic... More >>

  • Ahead to the Past

    published March 31, 2010

    The American jazz composer Artie Shaw once made the staggeringly blunt observation, "Nothing gets better." I've long considered that to be... More >>

  • In the Valley of the Giant

    published March 24, 2010

    They are the monsters of the Midwest, our native kin, the most beautiful and terrifying beasts on Earth. More appear in the United States each... More >>

  • Death in the Spring

    published March 17, 2010

    His name is Nathan Weir. He's 59 years old, and he's dying. His home is on the west side of St Paul, where he can be found most... More >>

  • The Lawrence Cowell Show

    published March 10, 2010

    The south Minneapolis family sits down together each week to catch American Idol on TV. It has been a seasonal ritual for close to a... More >>

  • The Lost Art of Conversation

    published March 3, 2010

    The Academy Awards are being handed out this week, and excluded from the ceremony will be Avatar: The Restaurant Conversation. I had... More >>

  • Walk About

    published February 24, 2010

    He was tearing out of town; she was staying behind. He was going where the steel patterns faded and the soft land reclaimed its glory.... More >>

  • Feeling Minnesota

    published February 17, 2010

    The survival story is a popular literary sell here in Minnesota, and has been for some time, according to many book dealers. We enjoy reading... More >>

  • In the Season of Valentine

    published February 10, 2010

    Dear Stephanie, You don't know me, but I kind of met you at the Laundromat last Sunday afternoon. I was the guy who asked you whether I... More >>

  • The Sister Plan

    published February 3, 2010

    He asked her to marry him as he stood in front of the bathroom mirror. She was almost out the door, late for work, and his proposal was a... More >>

  • Splashing Through Seventh Heaven

    published January 27, 2010

    Our bodies are 70 percent water, Earth's surface is 70 percent water, so I always thought it would be fitting if the City of Lakes could be 70... More >>

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    published January 20, 2010

    For avid followers of the entertaining timepiece known as the world's Doomsday Clock, this past week's movement of its big hand from five... More >>

  • Resolution

    published January 13, 2010

    Greg was staring at himself in the locker-room mirror when he noticed the tall man behind him slipping into a pair of nylon running shorts. His... More >>

  • The Cruelest Month?

    published January 6, 2010

    And so the holidays pass, the biting Minnesota winter encases us all, and January, a month that breathes like no other, delivers its bitter... More >>

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