Cardinal Rule: A Short Story

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Cardinal Rule: A Short Story is romantic, but this isn’t a romance…

What do you do when you’ve been there and done that – the good, the bad and the ugly? Meet Earline Jones, a woman who is easy on the eyes and hard on a man – when she loves him.

What do you do when you know who you love, but you don’t know how to express it? Meet Theodore Roosevelt Washington aka Teddy. When he falls in love with a woman, he hones in on her smallest details – and cracks jokes about them.

While enjoying a quick rendezvous, Earline and Teddy are consumed by three things: expressing what makes their hearts beat, sitting in red hot heat and eating ice cold treats. It quickly becomes an intersection between affection and reflection.

Buy Cardinal Rule, featuring Teddy (from the short story Swiggers in Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1) and introducing Earline Jones, and join the discussion.

This version of “Cardinal Rule: A Short Story” is 3,100+ words and includes a bonus Author’s Note section and more.

Praise for Cardinal Rule: A Short Story:

“I enjoyed reading Cardinal Rule. The dialogue and interaction between the two characters was great. I actually didn’t expect the ending.”

“Their conversation regarding their relationship was captured by a chocolate shake and a bowl of strawberry ice cream. Very clever, Joey…”

“I thought this story was very funny. It was real- I’ve heard many conversations that went along the lines of this story, and it just felt real!”

“I enjoyed a different type of storytelling infused with symbolism, sensuality, and innocence.”

“I enjoy well-developed characters. For short stories, a difficult task at best.”

“Great short story about the push and pull of relationships.”

“The information was included afterwards was indepth.”

The Author

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Joey Pinkney is an award-winning author, award-winning book reviewer, book promoter and chocoholic. He favors writing short stories, novellas and essays over longer pieces. His short stories have been published in various in anthologies and compilations.

He has been an active participant in the book industry for over a decade – and has been writing for even longer. His first published book review came in 2004 in a local newspaper in Nashville, TN. Since then, he has reviewed book for various book industry websites. He also maintains a popular author interview and book review series.

http://www.amazon.com/Joey-Pinkney/e/B014B3VZ28

The Reason Beauty Contest Needs To Be Abolished

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The concept of life is a reality, thus, a woman’s creation is a symbol of crown, dignity, honour, and beauty. Women are therefore special. I believe the same way every woman see herself or feels. 

Worldwide, every year, young women are paraded on the podium to search for the most beautiful woman in the world. The question: “Is holding of yearly beauty contest necessary?” What is beauty? Is it the mind, from the heart or the face?

There are so many women physically disfigured, through some sort of illness or naturally born with deformity or handicap, that may feel somehow psychologically depressed or rejected in the society when they watch things like “Beauty Contests.” Besides ‘Beauty Contests’ lowers the confidence and self-esteem of many women facing obstacles in life.

The birth of modern technology and scientists have provided comfort for human beings, in different fields, including medical. Apart from incubators and other equipment that save lives, no doctor or scientist has been able to put breath in a dead man’s nostrils to bring him back to life. So why should a panel of judges sit down to classify one as beautiful and the other ugly? However a woman looks like, she needs respect and acceptance in the society.

In my own opinion “Beauty Contest” is meaningless. It should be abolished. The late Princess Diana was one of the prettiest women who ever lived, but according to British newspapers, she was a woman suffering in silence before her untimely death.

If beauty had played important role in her life and had given her all the happiness she was looking for, from her wayward husband, Prince Charles, she might be alive today. Because many hope to participate in such contests, they experience eating disorder, leading to anorexia.

In my opinion, a beauty contest is not necessary and needs to be abolished in our society.

Bullying: How Can We Protect Our Children From This Aggressive Behaviour?

 

Bullying 1Every child deserves to be happy at home and at school, but many times that happiness they are looking for eludes them. At school and on play grounds, it’s very common for a child to experience bullying from other boys, because he or she looks different.

Physical bullying, taunts and calling one funny names happen every day at school and after school, without the knowledge of teachers or parents. The reason is many children wouldn’t like to speak out to the authorities or parents, because they are scared to talk about it. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, about 160,000 students in the United States, daily refuse to go to school because of bullying.

A married woman with six children, once told me that in her teens at school, she nearly committed suicide. According to her, she was bullied everyday because of her ginger-coloured hair and many called her ugly girl, because she had freckles on her face. Her story was emotional and sad, as she claimed her own brother was part of her misery. He called her ugly too. Despite her ordeal, she summoned up courage to study psychology at the university. That’s one of the best ways to ignore bullying, but how many children have the strength to stand this psychological torture?

On his way to school, a mother kissed her son, without knowing that’s her last kiss to the son, who is being bullied every day at school without her knowledge, because her child never told her. When the child reached a bridge over a busy street, he jumped to his death. Every newspaper in Belgium published this sad story for the government to do something about it. Today the fight against bully is very active in the country.

Children who intimidate or bully other children enjoy doing that. They never stop until the victim has courage to tell his or her parents or put up resistance. It is very important for parents to ask children often, if they are experiencing problems at school. Talking to your child about school is one of the quickest ways to determine if your child is hiding anything from you, for the parents to take necessary actions.

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