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2. Stories from my early  school days, when I was a good little Catholic.

220.  Imagine
224.  Gorgeous
206.  Control
199.  Mail Boy.

173.  Farmers
156. Gentleman
114. Nowhere
121. Helpful
119. Easter Bunny
60.  Firecall
24.  Irish Catholic Sex
155. Test Pattern
18.  A God To Worry About
150.  First Gig
2.   I Love A Parade
21. Jack's Family
16. Cheated Out  of  Forever
98. Hot Air
91. Bended Knee
86. Good News
70. Messenger
54. Talk To Me
46. Lovely Friend
28. Dragon Breath
9.   Mina
133. My Life As A Musician
132.Truth
131. Directions
130. Pride
129. Devilish
127.  Advice
126.  Customer
144.  Puzzle
143.  How To Flirt
157.  Boots



If a story falls into multiple categories, it is listed in each.

Please remember I do stories, not history. 
Expect some embellisment.    Maybe a lot.          
3.Fathers (more or less.)

223. Bus Stop
130.  Pride
127.  Advice
92. Fast Train
128.  Never Again
111. Trestle
106. Tick Tock
109. Clocked
108. Gunsmoke
21.  Jack's Family
81. Destruction
76. Patron Saint
75. Lesson
59.Perfection
17. Wit and Wisdom
47. Saltpeter
42. Shadow
38. Theology
7.  Talk, Talk, Talk
140.  Big Ideas


4. Otherwise spiritual (kinda).

218  Trusting The Math
220.  Breakfast
222.  Dream World
212.  Ceil's Front Porch
205.  Prayer

165.  Ever This Day
169.  String.
171.  Gifts
153. Waiting For Me
18. A God To Worry About
100. Confidence
132.  Truth
89. Boys
83. Child of God
96. Guardian
72. Dancer
68. Art 102
52. Seeds
51. Sally Pepper
34. Remember Me
20. Lights Out On The Sea
116. Hope
117. Carolyn
5. My foolish heart.             What can I say?

207.  Responsible
201.  Customer Service
166.  Treasure

163.  Out of Gas.
170.  Once Upon A Time .
82. Partners
78. A Dance
14. Virginia
101. Smitten
92. Fast Train
96. Guardian
4.  Good Shepherd
46. Lovely Friend
1. My personal favorites.  Other than those recently written, which are always my favorites for a while, these have remained so the longest.   They seem also  to be favored by readers . I limited myself to ten.

215.  Hangin' Out
217.  Angel
200.  Measure

152. Children's War
51. Sally Pepper
92. Fast Train
47. Saltpeter
104. Trip To the Zoo
94. South Pole
63. Balloon
88. Old Shoes
23. War Wounds
29. Russians are Coming
81. Destruction
135.  Little Lie
The Index
173.  Farmers ..............a brother's recollection

172.  Hoot..........................went on before me

171.  Gifts .....................smarter than I thought

170.  Once Upon A Time ......Tony Bennett's hits

169.  String..................................back home

168.  Neat Trick...................amazing powers

167.  Mrs. Unabomber...............and Willard

166.  Treasure ....................... keep me warm

165.  Ever This Day................Peppered again

164.  Guy Thing..................smoke, no mirrors

163.  Out of Gas......................not on purpose

162.  Trust.........................................what if ?

161.  Escort..
.................................quite a ride

160.  Riddance..............................lot of work

159.  Brother Jesse's Christmas ....... He is with us

158.  Genius ................ age is a terrible thing

157.  Boots ...................................I loved 'em

156.  Gentleman .....................it's a long road

155.  Test Pattern
.....................not impressed

154.  Anger Problem .....................fire maniac

153.  Waiting For Me ... ................up the path

152.  Children's War .......................the enemy

151.  Reprieve .................................beddy bye 

150.  First Gig .............................probably rats

149.  Tailor ................................. never listens

148.  Last Person ................................on earth

147.  Bad Connection ... don't touch that phone

146.  Writer ........................................what I do

145.  Jimmy Bean .................the love of her life

144.  Puzzle ....................................sister uglies

143.  How To Flirt .......... how was I to know?

142.  Real Bookstore .............. how to find one

141.  Casting Off......................tough decisions

140.  Big Ideas.............. in my own estimation

139.  Big Thoughts....................my head hurts

138.  Mom & The U.S. Constitution ...uh-huh!

137.  Junk........................................ neat stuff!

136.  Reality...................never what you think

135.  Little Lie........................bring a compass

134.  Lucky................................................fear

133.  My Life As A Musician....................short

132.  Truth...................................not arithmetic

131.  Directions................................up is down

130.  Pride...........................without punishment

129.  Devilish...........................same old evil dog

127.  Advice............................................why ask

126.  Customer.....................learned the language

125.  Blood....................................................gory

124.  Love...............................................it matters

123.  Power.................................... I won the prize

122.  Jump..............................................a dark tale

121.  Helpful..................................................we try

120.  Evil Dog......................................probably not

119.  Easter Bunny.........................not a child's tale

118.  Loyalty.........................................sage advisor

117. Carolyn.............................Bν Thusa 'mo Shϊile

116. Hope.........................................like a mountain

115.  Distracted..................................absent minded

114.  Nowhere............................................a memoir

113.  Mr. Fry Pan...............................valuable lesson

112.  Voices.............................................a grave talk

111.  Trestle...................................all it takes is hope

110.  Reunion Jam.................................it's in the soul

109.  Clocked.....................................thief in the night

108.  Gunsmoke................................youthful offender

107.  Birth.....................................................no thanks

106. Tick Tock...........................the beat of  his psyche

105. Widescreen...............................she stole my room

104.  A Trip To The Zoo...........................big bad wolf

103.  Blindsided.........................................the drive off

102.  Golden...............................................at the beach

101.  Smitten..............................................an odd stick

100.  Confidence...............................don't let it kill you

  99.  Newsprint.................................just another theory

  98.  Hot Air...................................................don't wait

  97.  Billy Foley's Morning................................auction

  96.  Guardian.............................................lovely snow

  95.  Heaven..............................................on the stream

  94.  South Pole.......................................all on his own

  93.  Labor.........................................only for the young

  92.  Fast Train.............................................a love story

  91.  Bended Knee........................................school days

  90.  Cowboy..................................................on the trail

  89   Boys....................................get on with the journey

  88.  Old Shoes...............................................old friends

  87.  Inevitable...................................................this land

  86.  Good News...................................save the children

  85.  Tree House.................................a place of my own

  84.  Sleuth…………………...............…..gender testing

  83.  Child of God……...........................……….not me!

  82.  Partners…………...............…………finding home

  81.  Destruction……...................………..the right tool

  80.  RazMaTaz..........………....………flash and dazzle

  79.  Exposure………..............……..she got the picture

  78.  A Dance……...............……for the rest of our lives

  77.  Checkin’ Out……................……..some confusion

  76.  Patron Saint……..........Joseph, Mary and Wendell

  75.  Lesson…………..........................not a quick study

  74.  Nightingales….............….they’ve got your number

  73.  Knife………...............……….what are friends for?

  72.  Dancer………………....................….safe thus far

  71.  Feathers……………...............…..raise your hands

  70.  Messenger…………..........…………annunciation

  69.  Hero!……….........….……….an alarming woman

  68.  Art 102…………..........………listen to the music

  67.  Bathtub Bob…….....................…….roses are red

  66.  Pack of Lies..............................................a lesson

  65.  Martian………………..…….be very, very careful

  64.  Storyteller……………......……it’s all in my head

  63.  Balloon………………...……..skies over Cornhill

  62.  Walk Like A Man……...………cool in the Fifties

  61.  Abandoned……….…....…by a redheaded woman

  60.  Fire Call…………....and the Baltimore Catechism

  59.  Perfection……...…..………..is not always perfect

  58.  Immigrants……….........……………….hard work

  57.  Growler……………..............……suds and smoke

  56.  Forgiveness…………...................…….water daily

  55.  Long Way Home…….......………..special delivery

  54.  Talk To Me…………..............……..call my name

  53.  Mr. Fly……………....……….survival of the fittest

  52.  Seeds………………........Saint Billy and the Boys

  51.  Sally Pepper………….......................…..guardian

  50.  Mother Earth…………...………perpetual motion

  49.  Click!.................................................must see TV

  48.  Drill Team………….......…………..abra ca dabra

  47.  Saltpeter……………......………….not fit to print

  46.  Lovely Friend……...........………a heart like mine

  45.  Honesty……...you should get a memory like mine

  44.  John Paul…….........................…the only one left

  43.  Landing Zone…….....take a left at the plane crash

  42.  Shadow..……….....…..Erebus redux: Aither waits

  41.  Erebus………........................……….just like that

  40.  Wolf Den............…....................big bad whatever

  39.  Baloney.........here's dibenzothiopyran in your eye

  38.  Theology.……...……exemplars on the road of life

  37.  Forever………...........................what they deserve

  36.  U.F.O. …………....……….it’s a bird, it’s a plane!

  35.  A Real Writer…........................……how it's done

  34.  Remember Me……..…………….where I’m going

  33.  Walesville……………….never trust the sky again

  32.  Do Not Call…………...……………..I’ll call you

  31.  Finding A Mate………...………..using your nose

  30.  Evolution…….........…you'll have to wait a while

  29.  The Russians Are Coming…........skies over Utica
                                                   
  28.  Dragon Breath………...........…boys will be boys

  27.  Getting Old………….……………keep breathing!

  26.  Sister Cliodhna’s ............….what a welder can do     
         House Warming

  25.  Time To Go………......……………in the window

  24.  Irish Catholic Sex…..……the long way to heaven

  23.  War Wounds….........…..…across the frozen field

  22.  Comparison..............................................so lucky

  21.  Jack’s Family………......and the well dressed man

  20.  Lights Out On The Sea.................conjuring ghosts

  19.  Vengeance…………….....………men made small

  18.  A God To................hands on your desktops, boys!
         Worry About

  17.  Wit and Wisdom…........……some sense of humor

  16.  Cheated Out of Forever……...............…lucky me!

  15.  Aul’Wan Sue………….........………………anger

  14.  Virgina……………..........................……a mentor

  13.  Ex Libris................................ how was I to know!

  12.  Flight 405..........................................fire and rain

  11.  Telling A Story....................................suggestions

  10.  Huh?.......................................decisions, decisions

    9.  Mina...................fourth grade can be a tough time
  
    8.  Fly Fishing.........................waiting for the big one

    7.  Talk, Talk, Talk...... ................ with a young lady
 
    6.  Anthropology........................... fitting in.....or not

    5.  Who Will Come For You...........if it's your choice

    4.  The Good Shepherd.......................lost and found
    
    3.  Blanche......................a portrait of a strong woman

    2.  I  Love A Parade..........................bring your rosary

    1.  Yellow Bird..........my wife's uncle hits the airwaves
I could have sorted these by any scheme of categories, I suppose.  Below is just my latest thinking.
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copyright 2010, David Griffin
A Reader's Guide to Dave's Stories
8 Categories
of interest based on reader input over the past few years
copyright David Griffin, 2016
6.  Dark

134.  Lucky
135.  Reality
88.   Old Shoes
41.  Erebus
42.  Shadow
134.  Lucky
7.  Sad

213.  Hot Line

152. Children's War
23.  War Wounds
88.  Old Shoes
25.  Time to Go
51.  Sally Pepper
56.  Forgiveness
134.  Lucky
178.  Beer Battered PBJ.....................deep fry blues

177.  Poor .......................................I couldn't take it

176.   4 Eyes Sandwich ........... going, going, gone

175.  Parting..................
alone, from MonkInTheCellar

174.  Blame .... ..........
.expanded "Billy Foley's Mornng"
186.  Productive......................raise an ebenezer

185.  Feeding A Woman.......................passage

184.  Experiment....................living with women

183.  Going Home ....................................tingle

182.  Self Confidence....................was Confidence

181.  Miracle ..................................what a surprise

180.  Horse Poop...............................more baloney

179.  Neanderthal..............................arm wrestling
192. Purpose.............. pondering the imponderable

191. Lunatic ..........................13 was a tough age

190.  Opportunity ...................Willard's new idea

189.  The Wind........................just another heresy

188.  Scroogled.........................it's following you

187.  Heart Attack ..................at such a young age
213.  Persuasion ........................dangerous business

212.  Ceil's Front Porch ......finding one's direction

211.  Murphy's First .................... birthday present

210.  Government BBQ .....................Who cares?

209.  Secret Love .............. Murphy falls for a classic

208.  Respite ........................Willard in need of a rest

207.  Responsible..........to love, honor and be responsible

206.  Control......................................metaphysical

205.  Prayer
..................Brother Jesse takes on the universe

204.  Murphy Stories .............Click HERE

203. Twinkies ...........................never changes

202  Tiger Story..........................a tiger tamer 

201.  Customer Service ............. close enough

200.  Measure ....................in the wide universe

199.  Mail Boy................in pursuit of free offers


198.  Maggie ........................................R.I.P.

197. Tapioca ........................the monastery dog

196. Solidarity..................................freedom

195. Mothers .................................ungrateful

194. The Bed......................................creepy

193. Ask ............................the Scientific Method
8. Humorous

214.  Fiction
216.  Vote
221.  Chinese Ate My    Homework
204.  Murphy Stories
203. Twinkies

202  Tiger Story
208.  Respite
211.  Murphy's First
210.  Government BBQ
209.  Secret Love
224.  Gorgeous ............................ at ring side

223.  Bus Stop .......................he got on the bus

222.  Dream World ...................... We all do it

221.  The Chinese Stole My Homework

220.  Imagine.............drive your house out of town


219.  Breakfast ...................like minds and spirits


218.  Trusting The Math ....................it works

217.  Angel ..............................memories found

216.  Vote ........................................I'll deny it

215.  Hangin' Out ..........................with Murphy

214.  Fiction ...............................maybe not true
9.  Unpublished    9/11 Essay
10. Radio Stories    CLICK