Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler | Litmus Tests: A Collection of Short Stories, Volume I ©2018

 
 
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BRUSSELS, Belgium - March 25, 2018 - PRLog -- Writer/Editor Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, (former) college president, Distinguished Woman of North Carolina, and National Women's Hall of Fame member, has published widely in academics and in creative writing. She has published 5 books and 72 articles and edited 23 books/proceedings and 3 national journals and published 3 newspaper columns (1 now). In creative writing, she has 11 poetry chapbooks and 4 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 5 short story collections (including Litmus Tests, Volumes I and II), and 2 nonfiction collections. One of her 41 plays was commissioned for the First International Robert Frost Symposium. As North Carolina's Central Region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015, she mentored student and adult poets.

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"Call her mad. Pure and simple. You have the mad in America, yes?"
"Of course we have the mad in America, Henri, only not so . . . ."
Henri laughed. "Not so blatant, those mad people of America, Cher Jacques. Is that it? You keep them out of sight."
"Perhaps. Some of the homeless . . . ." I shrugged, stared at the woman across the street from us.
She was small, though her back was humped after the fashioning of osteoporosis, and I couldn't be sure her height wasn't illusion. She looked small. Until she started her cursing.
"Is it just us foreigners?"
Henri threw back his head and laughed in that larger-than-life way I came to envy. "We are touchy, aren't we, Dear Boy. Why, I'm foreign, too, even if we Froggies were here toads' years, and I've come a toad stool long since. But, yes, Madame does not like the foreigners the most. Say tourists, rather. You are a vazaha. A tourist. I must spit to say it. Vazaha. I spit again, but then, I like to spit."
"Is she . . . cursing us? Putting a curse, I mean."
"Mais oui, Mon petit Jack. ...


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