The Orphan Trains

This story was inspired by the Orphan Train Program, as it became known, that operated in the United States from 1854 to 1929. You can read a little more about it below the story, or click the link for a more complete understanding of this controversial program. As usual, the aim of Friday Fictioneers is […]


After a family wedding, a  fabulous Christmas and three weeks spent in sunny Ecuador, South America, I wouldn’t say that familia Dunford Castro were aching for the grey skies of Inglaterra, but we were certainly looking forward to seeing our beloved Chihuahua, Hercules. So much so in fact that just two days after our return […]

The Test

“Is this really necessary?” “The free association test is compulsory for all applicants and forms part of our profiling to determine suitability.” Harold sighed, turned to the screen and clicked to begin. AMBULANCE flashed on the monitor. Harold typed: HOSPITAL HIERARCHY  –  BOSS FRAGILE  –  DELICATE DISCRIMINATION – Harold paused, looked at the young HR […]

Tooth Story

Our twelve year old son took a whack in the mouth while playing rugby this morning, and he was rubbing his jaw throughout the first half of the game. At half time Over-protective Dad insisted on checking out his mouth to make sure all was well before the second half. As I examined his teeth […]