Category Archives: Marriage

Loving Lana Turner

I’m just Judy Turner being followed by boys down the halls of Hollywood High and that’s pretty good but not nearly as exciting as when a reporter spots me cutting class in a cafe and sends me to an agent. Right away MGM signs me and says I’m one of the most beautiful women in […]

Also posted in Artie Shaw, Divorce, Infidelity, Lana Turner, Los Angeles, Movies, Sex

The People v. O.J. Simpson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Football, Johnnie Cochran, Los Angeles, Marcia Clark, Murder, O.J. Simpson

The Marijuana Fair

Poor Curt, a naturally nervous sort, had daily been peeing a lot and obsessing about ancient slights and, prior to showering, cursing those he should’ve socked and those he planned to still. He could not take this anymore but hadn’t much considered what he should do, noting only he’d been having fantasies from decades ago. […]

Also posted in Drugs, Marijuana, Woodstock

Drinks on Our House

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Alcohol, Divorce, Homeless, Romance 2

Introduction on a Train

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Bing Crosby, Divorce, Los Angeles, Movies, Romance, San Francisco

Patio Guest

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Infidelity, Romance, Sex

Birthday Bash

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Infidelity, Nevada, Prostitution, Sex

Brief History of a John

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Dating, Divorce, Nevada, Prostitution, Sacramento, Sex, Slavery

Tales of Romance is Published

In compressed language George Thomas Clark presents “Tales of Romance,” a compilation of short stories and creative columns about relationships between men and women. The four chapters are Dating, Swingers, Issues, and Breakups. The book is comprised of 50 new stories and 12 from the critically acclaimed collection “The Bold Investor.” There are many highlights […]

Also posted in Dating, George Thomas Clark, Sex, Tales of Romance

Cruz to Iowans

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Abortion, Campaign 2016, Health, Immigration, Iowa, Poetry - GTC, Religion, Ted Cruz, Testicles

Widowhood

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Widow-Widower

Slab Man

My husband left me last night not for another woman but because he just found out I loved his best friend but that shouldn’t have mattered much since that guy’d dumped me a couple of weeks earlier. I sure was feeling bad this afternoon and told my boss I had a fever and needed to […]

Also posted in Infidelity, Mental Health, Painters, Sculptors, Stanford University

Blue Collar Babe

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Dating, Divorce, Romance, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Love Medicine

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Drugs, Sex

Crazy Return to Golf

I didn’t know whether to blame Jason Day or Davis Love so I rebuked both for casting a curse I thought would never return. Only in hindsight did I realize I should’ve blamed myself. I’d chosen not to write or go out and do something fun on a recent Sunday, and instead reclined on the […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, George Thomas Clark, Golf, Weather

Look at William H. Johnson

“Look at William H. Johnson” is part of the collection “Paint it Blue.”

Also posted in Art, Denmark, New York City, Norway, Painters, South Carolina, syphilis, William H. Johnson

Dear Friends

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Alcohol, Bankruptcy, Cocaine, Divorce, Drugs, Economics, Friendship

Callejon del Beso

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Domestic Violence, Guanajuato, Mexico, Murder

Here Comes the Bride

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Drugs, Mexico, Short Pieces - GTC

Sarah Palin v. Michele Bachmann

I’m not a superrich Republican donor but am affluent and generous, and delighted conservative heavyweights consider me a worthy host of this fundraiser starring Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann who I sit between on the dais, turning left to Sarah and right to Michele back and forth talking to women who get prettier and more […]

Also posted in Boxing, Conservatives, Homosexuals, Michele Bachmann, Republicans, Todd Palin

Nobel Prize Knockout

That evening in Mexico City I witnessed a historical confrontation or, rather, a sucker punch in the dastardly vein of Pearl Harbor. At the time, as a callow young man teaching English in the exotic capital, I understood nothing of the significance of the event, and no one could have known – though some scholars […]

Also posted in Barcelona, Boxing, Colombia, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru, Sex, Writers

Hillary Clinton v. Monica Lewinsky

I’m laughing when not growling about what Republicans, rather pathetically, are praying is true about me, that I’m fat and sickly and incapable of campaigning a week much less a year, and my book is selling poorly, and, most outrageously, that both the ghostly and earthly presence of Monica Lewinsky will preclude me from defeating […]

Also posted in Bill Clinton, Boxing, Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Sex

Saudi Woman Driver

Last night as aroused husband attempted to mount I closed legs and said, “Give me the keys. I’ve places to go in the morning.” “I’ll take you.” “You’ll be at work.” “My brother’ll drive.” “He’ll be late if he comes at all. Give me the keys.” “You can’t drive. It’s contrary to Saudi law and […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Saudi Arabia, Short Pieces - GTC

Back Yard Hole

What’re you doing home, Fred, wife said. Sick of job. How’ll we live. Fred didn’t answer. He grabbed shovel in garage, put on work gloves, walked into back yard, and started digging. He dug fast, heaving dirt far as possible, and hole got wide and deep by sundown. What in God’s name, said wife. Fred […]

Also posted in Housing, Short Pieces - GTC

Noisy Night

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Animals, Rats, Short Pieces - GTC

Slots

Sarah didn’t enjoy husband, family, or friends and had no interests save gambling and was happy to live near casino she rushed to three, four, five times weekly and pushed credit card into slots she played hours, stopping only to curse rigged system. She said this was best part of life so didn’t mind burning […]

Also posted in Economics, Friendship, Gambling, Mental Health

Edgar Payne v. Elsie Palmer Payne

This story is part of the collection “Paint it

Also posted in Art, Divorce, Edgar Payne, Elsie Palmer Payne, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Painters

Elsie’s Bus Stop

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Click here to see “Bus Stop,” a 1949 painting by Elsie Palmer Payne

Also posted in Art, Buses, Edgar Payne, Elsie Palmer Payne, Los Angeles, Painters

Car Talk

Jim and Evelyn were lost in new town. Damn it, stop and get directions. He turned and said, button up while I’m driving, and pickup truck on big wheels ended discussion.

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Short Pieces - GTC

Waiting Room

Waiting room roar: she cheats so does he they’re divorcing and lucky to escape. You can’t. Doctor always late and secretary refuses to shoot TV.

Also posted in Divorce, Doctors, Health, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Next Door

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Families, Prostitution, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Man in Beret

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Mental Health, Short Pieces - GTC, Suicide

Honeymoon

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Dating, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Child Bride

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Children, Divorce, Religion, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Young Killers

George and Lillian slept together first fifty years of marriage but medical problems and age prompted to establish separate bedrooms and that’s where they’d gone night ten years later. They didn’t hear forced entry through door but Lillian heard George say, here’s wallet, take what you want, just don’t hurt us. She also heard George […]

Also posted in Aging, Murder, Short Pieces - GTC

Sleep Issues

Driving elbow into ribs, Patti said, “Quit snoring.” As Bill did not waken, she drilled again. “What hell?” “You’re ruining sleep.” “You don’t sleep,” he said. “Because you always roll around and snort like pig.” “That’s not why.” “Go to guest bedroom.” Bill complied and was soon snoring. Patti stared at dark ceiling and wondered […]

Also posted in Health, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC, Sleep

Joan Bennett Allure

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Joan Bennett, Movies, Short Pieces - GTC

Arousing Einstein

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Albert Einstein, McLaughlin Group, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

In Ripley’s Museum

This story is now in the collection “The Bold Investor”

Also posted in Los Angeles, Ripley's Museum, Sex

Two Brides

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Colombia, Education, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Online General

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, Internet, John Allen, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Counterattack

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Afghanistan, CIA, David Petraeus, Iraq, Middle East, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC, Taliban, West Point

Architectural Delight

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Murder, Short Pieces - GTC

Barack and Michelle Obama Audio Soars on Internet

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Football, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Sex, Theater

Elegant Quito Home of Maria Augusta Urrutia

I tell the taxi driver I’m looking for a splendid residence in downtown Quito, and he drives me into the historical center and to the home of Maria Augusta Urrutia. From outside, the house, though two tall stories, looks rather small and narrow, cramped by contiguous buildings, but upon entering I see a courtyard and […]

Also posted in Art, Charity, Ecuador, Maria Augusta Urrutia, Painters, Poverty, Quito, Victor Mideros

Our Final Days

Early on a Saturday morning in late June my stepfather, age eighty-seven and already weakening, suffered a stroke that rendered him unconscious. Inside a large hospital emergency room the only doctor on duty was too busy to look closely, so a few nurses and technicians strongly sedated him, stuck a tube down his throat and […]

Also posted in Aging, Families, Hospitals

Crime Scene

going to drive by house down street want to come what house said wife where those three people were shot last night that’s disgusting

Also posted in Crime, Murder, Poetry - GTC

Nightmare Apartment

This excerpt is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Divorce, Housing, Mental Health, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

Ugandan Birth Control

ugandan mother of seven declines birth control so husband won’t beat again

Also posted in Africa, Birth Control, Families, Uganda

Role Reversal

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Short Pieces - GTC, Television

Church Service

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Dating, Education, Immigration, Poetry - GTC, Religion, Short Pieces - GTC

Electric Razor

Bob and stepfather didn’t get along but Bob always admired man’s affluence and, recently, fancy new electric razor. Before school, when it hummed, Bob knew couldn’t borrow razor. He’d only have access when old man was out running company. On easy afternoon Bob checked mother wasn’t lurking, and then rushed into master bathroom, plugged in […]

Also posted in Divorce, Families, Short Pieces - GTC

Hussy

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Doctors, Health, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

At Movies

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Movies, Short Pieces - GTC

Margaret and Bill

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Families, Homosexuals, Infidelity, Poetry - GTC, Short Pieces - GTC

Colombian Dalliance

Thie story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Colombia, Prostitution, Secret Service - U.S., Sex, Short Pieces - GTC

Iron Women

iron curtain lifted and shoved into bones of women looking west

Also posted in Communism, Economics, Europe, Immigration, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

Entreating “The Two Fridas”

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “The Two Fridas,” please click here

Also posted in Art, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Health, LACMA, Mental Health, Mexico, Mexico City, Painters, Surrealism

Man in Beret

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Mental Health, Poetry - GTC, Suicide

Vigilant Couple

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in American River, Housing, Mental Health, Murder, Neighborhoods, Sacramento, Short Pieces - GTC, Vigilantes

Cruising O.J.’s House

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Crime, Football, Media, Murder, O.J. Simpson, Short Pieces - GTC

Ambitious Diet

much younger wife serves spicy meals and strong drinks

Also posted in Alcohol, Diet, Food, Poetry - GTC

Protecting Women Surrealist Painters

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “Birthday” by Dorothea Tanning, please click here To see “Self Portrait 1937-38” by Leonora Carrington, please click here

Also posted in Art, Birds, Dorothea Tanning, Families, Hollywood, LACMA, Mental Health, Painters, Surrealism, World War II

Bobby Brown – The Whole Truth

Before presenting what Bobby Brown allegedly said and did, I must explain this book was originally conceived as an autobiography and author Derrick Handspike, according to his account, hung out with and interviewed the singer for a year, diligently wrote the book, and later squirmed as Brown and his advisers delayed final preparations for publication. […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bobby Brown, Cocaine, Drugs, Families, Heroin, Music, Whitney Houston

Home Escape

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Employment, Families, Housing, Mental Health, Short Pieces - GTC

Joan Bennett Allure

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Joan Bennett, Movies, Poetry - GTC, Sex

Little Honey

little honey married and too young hope she knows too

Also posted in Mental Health, Poetry - GTC, Sex

Church Service – Part 2

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Dating, Education, Immigration, Poetry - GTC, Religion

Two Brides

pretty colombian bride returns to adult class for quick writing tip and says in college taking fifty units a semester to become nurse two years later pretty colombian bride decade older enters and signs same last name after class i ask if they’re related she frowns saying no and marches out next day after class […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Colombia, Health, Immigration, Poetry - GTC

Not Married?

why aren’t you married don’t know maybe insomnia you must be oddball let’s see your wife

Also posted in Poetry - GTC

Charles White Endures

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alabama, Art, Charles White, Chicago, Civil War - American, Elizabeth Catlett, Hammer Museum, Harriet Taubman, John Brown, Los Angeles, Mexico, Murals, Nat Turner, New York City, Newspapers, Painters, Pasadena, Poetry - GTC, Racism, Slavery, Tobacco, Tuberculosis

Michoacan

This story is from the collections “The Bold Investor”

Also posted in Divorce, Domestic Violence, Mexico, Michoacan, Short Stories - GTC, The Bold Investor

Criminal Justice in Islam

In blighted but affordable east Bakersfield old bank transformed into new mosque hosts annual Islamic Conference where keynote speaker Main Al-Qudah, PhD in Islamic law and imam at large mosque in Houston, steps to podium. He’s slim, stern, middle-aged, dressed in suit and tie, and resembles prosecutor as power points to screen bearing principles of […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Crime, Drugs, Islam, Jordan, Main Al-Qudah, Middle East, Rape, Religion, Saudi Arabia

Arnold Schwarzenegger Must be President

I know many of you believe I failed as Governor of California and am now indisputably a cur since I fathered a child, now age thirteen, with a member of my domestic household staff. You sympathize with my wife, Maria Shriver, because she long endured my infidelities and didn’t learn of this one until recently, […]

Also posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama, Bodybuilding, California, Debt, Economics, George W. Bush, Maria Shriver, Movies, Real Estate

Refuting Andre Dubus

An acquaintance who’s a stripper in the hardscrabble Merrimack River valley north of Boston recently invited me to her club to meet a man called Devin Wallace in the memoir “Townie” by Andre Dubus III, son of the esteemed short story writer, now deceased, and himself an author of three novels and a collection of […]

Also posted in Andre Dubus, Boston, Housing, Massachusetts, Movies, Neighborhoods, Writers

Betty Finch Transforms Gourds into Sculptures

I’ve long been collecting art with enthusiasm many call obsessive but confess to being indifferent when notified by postcard last month that the Bakersfield Museum of Art would be featuring an exhibition of gourd sculptures by retired police officer Betty Finch. What the hell is a gourd? I’d heard of people drinking from them but […]

Also posted in Art, Bakersfield, Betty Finch, Homeless, Painters, Sculptors

Hypocrites Still Attacking Tiger Woods

I am honored today to speak for the greatest, most powerful and God-fearing creatures who have yet graced the earth, the white American male. For three months now we have been in the throes of moral outrage because Tiger Woods, after years of profitably portraying himself as a dedicated and monogamous family man, was revealed […]

Also posted in Golf, Sex, Tiger Woods

Reversing Elin and Tiger Woods

Beautiful Elin Woods, the Athlete of the Decade and, perhaps more significantly, the most compelling entertainer on earth, remains in isolation and is quite depressed.  One understands why.  For thirteen years, until the early and dangerous hours after Thanksgiving Day, Elin had stridden the world’s golf courses as unrivalled queen, and her corporate dominance was […]

Also posted in Golf, Sex, Tiger Woods

How Tiger Woods Should Respond

Until recent revelations of my weakness for young white female flesh, and the overwhelming moral outrage that followed, I thought in a sexual sense I was a relatively normal guy, that is one ready to squeeze any appealing woman who beckoned.  Now, sadly, after reading countless rabid condemnations in the press and blogosphere and cringing […]

Also posted in Golf, Sex, Tiger Woods

Management Teams Clarifies Adventures of Tiger Woods

Bulletins from TigerWoods.com Saturday November 28, 11:30 a.m. It is untrue that Tiger Woods is having an affair with a striking New York City celebrity chaser, Rachel Uchitel, and therefore it is a lie that his wife Elin attacked him for so doing.  About 2:25 a.m. Friday November 27, after failing to properly digest turkey […]

Also posted in Golf, Sex, Tiger Woods