This is a collection of twelve short stories, each published previously in literary magazines or short story anthologies. The story Droning won the Bookshop Santa Cruz Short Story Contest in 2005. The story Brontosaurus was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. The story French Fries was rejected by more than thirty publications before it was selected for a print anthology. These are some of my favorite stories of all the stories I have written. My hope, dear reader, is that you will enjoy them also. Mister Mustache - A busboy's decision to grow a mustache goes horribly wrong. All In - A confused cowboy is on the run from the law. Backpack Monster - A bullied boy brings a surprise to school. It's Today Right Now - A phone conversation between a man and his mother with dementia. My Woolly Mammoth - A boy and his mini mammoth. Droning - A grieving man receives a revelation from a child in a bee costume. Lucky Me - A man with amnesia doesn't want to know what has been lost. French Fries - A veteran with PTSD has a bad day at J.J.'s Burger Den. A Scout is Friendly - The Mole Patrol takes over the Camporee. Brontosaurus - A single father and his autistic boy learn to communicate with dinosaur names. Put Your Money on Ted - Everyone's betting against Ted. Will his magic locket be enough to save him? Hang in There Mr. Z - The long term sub gets called to the principal's office, but what has he done wrong now?