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Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 21 (MOMYS III)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 18 of the my online book “Excited Delirium”. Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index.

“And what, pray tell, were you doing at a meeting like that?” Matthew asked Heather sternfully.

Matthew was an imposing character, of Scottish heritage, ruddy face and ruddier nose, both brought on buy an enormous amount of drinking over the bulk of his 62 years, but also by facing the merciless winds of January as he worked his farm. He weighed about 280 pounds, most of it at his centre, but a good chunk with his arms as well, given the volume of lifting and heaving that he had to do on the farm. He was in surprisingly good shape, particularly given the abuse that he hurled at himself, and he was proud of the fact that he could out-lift a man half his age. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 18 (MOMYS II)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 18 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

A small church in Heresford is where the MOMYS, or Mothers of Many Young Siblings, meet every other week. It’s an old church that was built in the 1920s by optimistic settlers, expecting a herd of parishioners to follow them here as urbanites were pushed out of expensive city areas. Instead, they were to discover that the town would be neglected and depleted of people as they left for more promising work opportunities to the south, east or west shortly after the Depression kicked in. Many of the builders left as well, but some of the sturdiest souls remained, especially those whose parents came here an hundred years before.

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Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 11 (Introducing The MOMYS)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 11 of the my online book “Excited Delirium”. Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index.

Winter anywhere can be a daunting threat, particularly those who love to do nothing better than sit in the sun and soak up the rays.

Winter in January in the northern hemisphere challenges even the sturdiest of characters. Those who survive it have bragging rights to a much thicker skin than their cousins to the south. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 10 (Made In China)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 10 of the my online book “Excited Delirium”. Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index.

China has fascinated the West for centuries. To this day, we understand very little about China, its culture and its inhabitants. The news we see is simplified. It’s filtered and refined so that we just see a few headlines, but little more. Most stories emphasize how bureaucracies let environmental or production standards slide, how the standard of living is so low or how cruel the Communists can be.

China represents 20% of the world’s population, has an economy that’s doubling every three years, and holds enough cash to buy most of the companies listed in the Fortune 500, possibly even all at once. Ironically, the aforementioned list is topped by Wal-Mart, which many now call the Bank of China.

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