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Authors: Joy Williams

99 Stories of God

99 Stories of God
By Joy Williams
 
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Copyright © 2013 by Joy Williams

 

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Table of Contents
 

1. Postcard

 

2. Noche

 

3. Aubade

 

4. Cavity

 

5. Nevertheless

 

6. See That You Remember

 

7. Not His Best

 

8. Hedgehog

 

9. Clean

 

10. Wet

 

11. Arrangement

 

12. No

 

13. Moms

 

14. Cozy

 

15. Story

 

16. If Picked or Uprooted These Beautiful Flowers Will Disappear

 

17. Dresser

 

18. This Is Not a Maze

 

19. Perhaps a Kind of Cake?

 

20. This Time

 

21. Coat

 

22. Some Difference

 

23. And You Are …

 

24. Nid Duw Ond Dim (Without God There Is Nothing)

 

25. Veracity

 

26. Satisfaction

 

27. A Good Reason

 

28. Abandon All Hope

 

29. Ignorance

 

30. Satan’s Leathery Wing

 

31. Society

 

32. Shaken

 

33. Irreducible

 

34. Tragedy Has Obligations

 

35. Just a Rumor

 

36. Dearest

 

37. The Brain

 

38. Actually

 

39. Buried in Colorado All Alone

 

40. Señor Xólotl

 

41. Jail

 

42. Pretty Much the Same, Then

 

43. Her Eyes Were Set Rather Close Together, Which Gave Her an Urgent Air

 

44. The Individualist

 

45. Numbers

 

46. Preference

 

47. Get Out As Early As You Can

 

48. Participation

 

49. Naked Mind

 

50. Buick Le Sabre

 

51. Significance

 

52. Doll House

 

53. Peggy

 

54. Divine

 

55. Neglect

 

56. Giraffe

 

57. Dew

 

58. Sartre to Camus

 

59. Looking Good

 

60. Party

 

61. Museum

 

62. Essential Enough

 

63. Apropos of Nothing

 

64. I Pity the Fool

 

65. Dull

 

66. Rebirth

 

67. Forgiveness

 

68. ) (

 

69. Inoculum

 

70. Driveshaft

 

71. Fog

 

72. Whale

 

73. A Little Prayer

 

74. Walk-In

 

75. Transition

 

76. Whatever Is Happening?

 

77. Elephants Never Forget God

 

78. The Fourth Wife

 

79. Example

 

80. Opportunity

 

81. Businesswoman

 

82. Polyurethane

 

83. Crazy Injuns

 

84. Winter

 

85. Early Practice

 

86. Infidelity

 

87. Plot

 

88. A Flawed Opinion

 

89. Phew

 

90. Compline

 

91. Mr. Sandman

 

92. Distinction

 

93. Fathers and Sons

 

94. If You Feel You Must

 

95. Sibling

 

96. Plenary

 

97. Bread

 

98. A New Arrangement

 

99. The Darkling Thrush

 

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1
 

A woman who adored her mother, and had mourned her death every day for years now, came across some postcards in a store that sold antiques and various other bric-a-brac. The postcards were of unexceptional scenes, but she was drawn to them and purchased several of wild beaches and forest roads. When she got home, she experienced an overwhelming need to send a card to her mother.

What she wrote was not important. It was the need that was important.

She put the card in an envelope and sent it to her mother’s last earthly address, a modest farmhouse that had long since been sold and probably sold again.

Within a week she received a letter, the writing on the envelope unmistakably her mother’s. Even the green ink her mother had favored was the same.

The woman never opened the letter, nor did she send any other postcards to that address.

The letter, in time, though only rumored to still exist, caused her children, though grown, much worry.

Postcard
 
2
 

The breeder of the black German shepherds said her kennel was in Sedona, a place known far and wide for its good vibrations, its harmonic integrity. But the kennel was actually in Jerome, thirty miles away, an unnerving ghost town set above a vast pit from which copper ore had been extracted. The largest building in Jerome was the old sanatorium, now derelict. The town’s historian insisted that it had served all the population in the town’s heyday, not just the diseased and troubled, and that babies had even been born there.

In any case, the dog coming from Jerome rather than Sedona was telling, people thought.

Another something that could be the basis of the dog’s behavior was the fact that her mistress always wore sunglasses, day and night. Like everybody else, the dog never got to see her eyes. When the woman had people over, she placed a big bowl of sunglasses outside the front door and everyone put on a pair before entering. It was easier than locking the dog in the bedroom.

Noche
 
3
 

A noted humanist was invited to take part in a discussion about the dangers and opportunities which would arise if intelligent life forms on other planets were discovered. His remarks, though no one disagreed with them, became so heated that the producers later, in light of what had happened, decided to edit him out of the program.

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