“That’s cool,” I said.  “But I’m taking the stapler with me.”

The tie emboldened me as I had hoped it would. For some months I had been trying to get a new stapler for my department but found myself thwarted at every turn. The chain of command had to be followed precisely, and any deviance could end in termination.  First my department chair would be notified … Continue reading “That’s cool,” I said.  “But I’m taking the stapler with me.”

I felt the pull of twin black holes

She was working as the human resources assistant at a satellite campus of Devery University, a well-known and largely despised institute of higher learning that had been built on the foundation of a network of television repair shops. I was new to our sleepy suburb and decided to put one of my degrees to work … Continue reading I felt the pull of twin black holes