In the real world, recovery from addiction is often a lengthy and agonizing process, both for the addict and their loved ones. Recovery happens in fits and starts and repeated relapse is almost always part of the marathon road to sobriety. In fact, real world recovery looks less like that The Bold and the Beautiful storyline and more like the public trials being faced by St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough.
“The invisible hand of the market is the most powerful unseen cultural force in our lives. But it’s not the only one.”
Local author and Watershed Voice columnist Charles Thomas penned the following flash fiction titled “The Methodist Bells.”
“We ring the bells to praise our God, to celebrate our love, and to grieve our loss.”
Local author and Watershed Voice columnist Charles Thomas returns with some flash fiction titled “Love Sick.”
“We all want a life filled with love, but how and where can we find it?”
“Nine years ago, my family and I said our final goodbyes to our home on East Street in Three Rivers and moved into the big world beyond the triple ripples. Well actually, we moved up to Portage, which I suppose isn’t really that big or that far away, but the move was the closing of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another. We lived in TR for over 12 years, years that were undoubtedly some of the happiest of my life.”
“Welcome to the first clickbait listicle I’ve ever written. […] I wanted to write a piece that would be fun, interesting and might even introduce readers to new music they’d love. So without further ado, here’s my list of the 15 greatest albums of all time. As many a clickbait article has promised before, you will be shocked!”
“The Ticket” is a work of short fiction written by former Three Rivers resident and local author Charles Thomas. The story has been split into seven parts over the last several weeks, with “Ernie Slips” representing the final act. The complete saga can be found on Watershed Voice.
“As our entertainment options have exploded, they have also become more fractionalized. Everyone can now have their own gated community of content, where you never have to be exposed to anything that you don’t like or that you disagree with.”
“It had been an amazing 24 hours. Three Rivers was even more electric than when the football team won the state championship. The media frenzy, which had started with just the local affiliates, had spread to the national networks. The Today Show and Good Morning America had sent correspondents to report live from the 131 Gas and Go, and half the town was outside in the background to witness the biggest thing to happen to Three Rivers in its over 150-year history.”
Part Five: A Room of Her Own The Ticket is a work of short fiction written by former […]
Charles Thomas offers a few ways to live your best life even while on lockdown.
“Brittany went back to the Triple Ripple Café to check on Trevor, but when she saw how slow it was and that he had everything under control, she decided to take the rest of the day off to adjust to being a millionaire. Who cared if Trevor snagged a few bucks from the register anyway?”
“I’m not sure which one of us decided that we should see the Mona Lisa first, but as soon as we were inside the building and holding a map in our hands, we set out to find her.”
“Because there’s so much to enjoy on the Watershed Voice website, I’ve found myself returning to the site often. Recently, I listened to the inaugural “I can MARVEL all day” podcast with Shan & Hogey as I worked from home. During that podcast, the guys talk about their favorite Marvel characters and listening got me reminiscing about my favorite comic book character.”
“Buzzing after Brittany told him about the winning lottery ticket, Daryl couldn’t sit still. He wanted to tell someone about his windfall, but he also didn’t want to break his promise. To ease his nerves, Daryl went for a long walk around TR. He didn’t have a plan where he was going; he just started walking.”
“While Daryl didn’t break his promise to Brittany, by that evening Three Rivers was abuzz anyway. Television trucks from Grand Rapids and South Bend descended like locusts on the 131 Gas and Go where the winning ticket was sold.”
“‘Murder Most Foul’ seems to suggest Bob Dylan turned to music to help him cope with the terrible events of November 1963. Could he be suggesting that in our current COVID-19 crisis, we too should turn to music to help us? By releasing this song in the middle of the pandemic, is Dylan adding one more musical resource?”
The Ticket is a work of short fiction written by former Three Rivers resident and local author Charles Thomas. The story has been split into seven parts, all of which will be published on Watershed Voice in the coming days/months.