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  1. Carrie
    February 21, 2013

    Somehow, I think there is a lot of true opinion oozing through your words of fiction 😉
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      February 21, 2013


  2. Kir
    February 21, 2013

    Oh Jessie, I don’t do well with the bible thumpers, although I do like the idea of “getting him out of the house”..and giving her mom a break. She’s a good daughter.

    one of my favorite Catholic jokes…(lest I go to hell for it). “I’m a Catholic, I don’t read the Bible, I read the bullentin.”

    (we can still be friends right?)
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    • jesterqueen
      February 21, 2013

      I’m agnostic. I’m neutral towards religion in general but hostile towards the thumpers in particular. I’ll tell the two stories behind this one tomorrow.

      • jesterqueen
        February 21, 2013

        But I’ll say this much. The person saying “Isn’t his last name Christ?” That was me.

  3. Tara R.
    February 21, 2013

    I’ve been to Pascagoula on occasion, it’s a very…. pungent town – soul cleansing bible thumpers, notwithstanding.
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  4. Atreyee
    February 21, 2013

    Fanatics of any type repel most normal people-I dislike any one who tries to thrust their “faith” in my face.A piece worth pondering ,though here the “Preacher” is really not himself-those pills -but what a trial for the family.Like the way you wove the tourists in the story seamlessly-well written,as usual:-)
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  5. Bee
    February 21, 2013

    “Isn’t his last name Christ?” <–ha! I don't like Bible thumpers, but I really like the idea that this one isn't quite in his right mind. Wait — are any of them? 😉
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  6. Andra Watkins
    February 21, 2013

    People can be such fascinating character studies when they have quirks. It’s great that this daughter loves her father so much.
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  7. Steph
    February 21, 2013

    I love it, well-written as always. I admire your choice of vocabulary – your use of debarked and despite – makes you perk up and take notice. Fascinating scene, well described. Nice work!
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  8. deana
    February 21, 2013

    Jessie, I just adore your work. I could picture this whole encounter perfectly!
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  9. Cameron
    February 21, 2013

    You do these character sketches so well, the nuances! So much happened in this small surface, rolling along under the surface. I love that.
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  10. ilene
    February 21, 2013

    This is a beautifully written piece – your fiction is always so very good…and as it has been said in the comments above, a bit of your own opinion on religion seeping thought? Not that there is anything wrong with that….
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  11. Draug (@Draug419)
    February 21, 2013

    I felt a little sad reading this…But it’s good.

  12. Sandra Crook
    February 22, 2013

    Such an original piece – made me grin but also sad.
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  13. Trifecta (@trifectawriting)
    February 22, 2013

    Religious fervor touches a nerve in me. I’d like to hand out a few more of those pills.

  14. KymmInBarcelona
    February 22, 2013

    Love that audience of one, and the whole ruse puts another spin on the bible thumping / snake oil selling preachers. ‘look at the bayou’ lol Great piece.
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  15. Diane Turner
    February 23, 2013

    Love the line: Mama’s had enough of a break…
    Poignant and sad. So much going on here in so few words. Great piece of writing,
    as usual. I so enjoy your word choices. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Diane Turner
    December 28, 2013

    Love the story rumbling along beneath the surface. “Isn’t his last name Christ?” is so perfect here. As usual, a great piece. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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