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Welcome, to Elkin’s Island

I love this story for many reasons, but one is the deep theological implications imbedded within it.

It made me think about birds. I’ve often wondered, as I listen to grackles swirling in the air around me, if maybe the sound most delightful in the ear of the Lord isn’t birdsong? He has put birds in vast quantity and variety on every part of the globe. I mean, PENGUINS! There is something of our Creator to be understood in the abundant loudness of birdom.

Enjoy Derek Elkin’s story, The Island Purpose by clicking on the grackles.

If you click on the HEB sign, you’ll get a coupon for fried grackle at the deli

Remember, we do this for free because we are writers and this is what we do. Most of us have written books you can buy — such as Derek. Here is a link to a review of one of his books I wrote a while back. I think you’d really love it, too.

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The Light Is Free, Even Though It Is Costly

Today in the penultimate COVID Chronicle Derek Elkins goes full on Derek Elkins with a great three-scene story about light in a dark world. His story reminds me of the famous MLK quote — “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Click on King’s picture to read “Light and Darkness”

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Running With The Devil — Or Something Like That

Derek Elkins creates a memorable character in this story. Before the end comes, I feel like I know her. In my ministry, I’ve spent a lot of time in care facilities, and Elkins catches something of the feisty nonchalance I find in most people who are for one reason or another in a long-term residence.

Click on the WB emblem at the bottom of the picture to read “The Race”.

I wonder if this was the inspiration for Derek’s story?

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The Story is Free, So Are The Nightmares

I need to warn you.

For reals.

Today’s COVID Chronicle is not for the faint of heart. It is good, and very entertaining. But . . . it is not for people who are squeamish or disturbed by images of violence.

That being said, Joe Shaw and Joseph Courtemanche will love it.

This particular tale has a kind of “what makes a serial killer” vibe to it. The difference is this one is written By Derek Elkins, who is an amazing storyteller. Enjoy.

Click on the squirrel in pillow to read “The Man In The Eyes.” We’ll be back tomorrow with another story.

Click on the squirrel — if you click on the bell, bad things will happen to you tonight when you sleep