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Baseball resting on home plate
Getting Home

How could Michael explain to his son that when you do nothing, bad things can happen, but also sometimes, even when you stand up and More

Failed marriage
Long Past Time

With the news of his ex-mother-in-law’s death, a man faces disturbing questions about his failed marriage to a woman who had always seemed a stranger. More

Artist in Residence

A Louisiana folk musician is uneasy around his nephew’s new teacher. How can a Northerner understand Creole traditions?  More

The Awkwards

Hector parlayed a gift for computing into a good yet unsatisfying gig at QVC. But just when he was ready to quit the television network, More


A chance encounter between an Iraq War vet and an Iraqi immigrant awakens painful memories. More

The Payback Present

“Payback may not be nice. It may not be pretty. But it certainly goes a long way toward evening the score. If I let Bubba More

Like It’s Your Last

Recently divorced self-help junkie Bernie Bennis annoys family and friends with his “live each day like it’s your last” philosophy — but what if today More

Gift box on a wooden floor
The Birthday Call

A young woman receives belated birthday wishes from her aging father, who promises her a present. But when the package arrives, the gift isn’t what More

Father pleading with his son
The House Will Be Rubble

Hoping to gain hero status in his son’s eyes, an out-of-work father says yes to anything his 6-year-old wants for an entire day.  More


In a playground war of worm-whipping debauchery, a boy must decide if he’s a bully or a Romeo.  More

Saved by the Bell

A college grad’s quest for financial freedom leads to a bidding war over a centuries-old heirloom.  More


A lifelong feud forged through competitive birdwatching is interrupted by tragedy, leading two rivals to an unlikely understanding.  More

A beggar playing an accordian for money in the rain
The Beggar on Dublin Bridge

“A fool,” I said. “That’s what I am.” “Why?” asked my wife. “What for?” I brooded by our third-floor hotel window. On the Dublin street More

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