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Of Parallels And Perpendiculars: Part 2

Part 2 of Eyrnn Besse’s award winning short story! Click here for part 1!       I pull my backpack off my shoulders and lean it against my legs. With the simple, efficient organization system I use, it is easy enough to pull out a single sheet of graph paper. This graph paper I drew myself, some years ago. I started from a single line then I added parallel lines on either side, five to an inch. No one I know is capable of drawing these lines to such perfection; not even the machines can create perfectly straight lines. The lines are all perpendicular to more lines; lines which cut across the page in neat, organized lines. Perpendicular [per-puhn-dik-yuh-ler] adjective: meeting a given line or surface at a right angle. Life would be so much simpler if people functioned under the rules of parallel and perpendicular. I sit down in the middle of the foyer, equidistant from the four walls. I slip the sheet of graph paper into its proper place. Eight blank sheets of paper are tucked between my math notebook and my science folder. I pull out a sheet of paper and make a mental note to refill the supply when I arrive at my father’s house. Each piece of paper has to be replaced; eight is infinite and symmetrical. I pull out a perfectly sharpened pencil and prepare to draw the lines. It is a simple...

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Of Parallels And Perpendiculars: Part 1

First place finisher in Kingdom Pen’s inaugural short story contest: “I was captivated by this story from the first sentenceby its strong voice and quirky narrator. The scenario of misunderstood social outcast surviving in a harsh school environment is one that is often used and easily abused, but this writer’s story easily stands out above the status quo. I really enjoyed reading Of Parallels and Perpendiculars, and hope to read more by this author in the future.” ~ Braden Russell, contest judge  Originally published in the September/October issue of 2012.   By: Erynn Besse It is impossible for ordinary people to understand the concept of parallels. The teacher, a sub today, draws two lines on the blackboard and tries to explain parallels. But he does not get it. These two lines may not have intersected in the space of the blackboard, but extended to some unknown distance, these lines would continuously inch closer together until they intersected. In the case of these two lines, I estimate their point of intersection to be about ten feet above the blackboard. That is contradictory to the definition of parallel. Parallel [par-uh-lel, -luh] adjective, noun, verb, –leled, -lelling: extending in the same direction, equidistant from all points, and never converging or diverging. The lines on his blackboard, while he says they are parallel, are simply not extending in the same direction, equidistant from all points! They tell me that normal people do not think like...

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The Political Illusion

Worried about the election? Don’t be.   Not every problem is a political one. The solution to society’s problems lies in advancing the kingdom of God.  Check out this video and hear John Stonestreet’s great thoughts on the issue. ( Click on the picture to view the...

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Short Story Contest Winners Announced!

Yes, the time has arrived! The stories are in, the judges have spoken and Kingdom Pen has elected the winning contestants for our inaugural short story contest. We’ve had a lot of fun with this contest and have been thrilled by the enthusiastic participation of our subscribers. The stories we’ve had the honor of reading and judging for the contest have been exceptional, and we’ve been impressed by the writing quality we’ve seen. We’re excited to have reached a conclusion, and we know you’re ready to hear the results. Before we get to the stories, however, there are some acknowledgements we should make. We’d like to extend special thanks to our excellent judging panel, who worked carefully and thoughtfully on each and every story that was submitted. Our initial judging team consisted of Mrs. Karen King of Alabama, a long-time homeschool teacher, mother of 8 children and loving wife of 23 years; Mr. Braden Russell of Oklahoma, an author, comedy video producer and contributor to Kingdom Pen magazine; and Miss Anna Pendleton of Alabama, an author and singer as well as contributor to Kingdom Pen also. Each of these three worked for two weeks, reading each story anonymously and assigning ratings of between 1 and 10 points in a series of 8 categories for each story. Each category represented a specific of strength in each story, and the points...

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Head Over Shining Heels

by: Eli King A lesson I’ve learned over the last twelve months of my rambunctious existence that I was sharing with my brother today is that life—any life—is just exactly one element away from completely changing. We all live in living stories, and each of our stories can be turned completely upside down, inside out, wrong side back and all the rest in a matter of hours. This has happened to me personally several times in the last year in some pretty profound ways, but instead of dissecting my life, let’s examine somebody else’s for the purposes of an example, shall we? That’s always so much more fun. I have a friend that I’ve known for a few years that I would easily call a good friend. We met through school and have gotten along pretty well from the start. We never really talked about our futures a whole lot, but for years I picked up these subtle remarks that she would make which clearly betrayed an obvious mindset she held regarding marriage. She wasn’t anti-marriage, but my friend (we’ll call her Polly) seemed to have absolutely no honest interest in it for herself. As she grew older, I noticed this mindset growing steadily stronger. I guess I never really asked her, but Polly seemed to have plans to move forward with her life, form a career, get an...

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