Shades of Gray

Thomas Mulberry’s Christmas List, Winter 2012

No Comments 19 December 2012

Dear Santa:

I have been a very good boy this year. Does Rudolph like carrots or celery better?

For Christmas I would like: XBox, XBox Call of Duty Black Ops II, a snowboard, Ibanez Grx20 electric guitar and a little brother.

I know I listed a little brother last, but it’s actually very important. I don’t know why I have to be an only child even if Mommy and Daddy are seeing other people. I don’t like Daddy’s new girlfriend, Linda. She never talks to me when I go to see him. But Mommy is always crying when I’m at her house, so sometimes I wish she had Linda. I think Linda would make her happy. I just want everyone to be happy. And a little brother would make me very happy. I could teach him everything I know and would always have someone to play with. Maybe then I wouldn’t get lonely sometimes. I get lonely even when I’m around people. I always get lonely when it snows. Do you like the snow? The snow makes me lonely. And sometimes I wish I could just go outside and lie down and let the snow cover me like a blanket. And it would never stop snowing and I would just be covered and everything around me would be dark so I wouldn’t have to think about anything ever again.

Do you ever get lonely Santa? Do you ever wish you had a little brother or a baby so you wouldn’t ever be lonely again or ever have to think about yourself?



Tommy Mulberry

Winston Churchill Misquotes

The Few

No Comments 20 August 2012

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Is this comb-over working?”



No Comments 20 March 2012


Tender Vittles

No Comments 02 March 2012

Winston Churchill Misquotes

Long Night

1 Comment 13 February 2012


“When the night lingers long, that is where you’ll find me.”


Happy Thanksgiving!

No Comments 24 November 2011

Winston Churchill Misquotes

No Comments 23 November 2011

Don’t shoot the messenger. Shoot his horse. Then the messenger will be trapped.

Winston Churchill Misquotes

1 Comment 17 November 2011

“If Adolf Hitler doesn’t come in here and kill me, your mother’s beef wellington will. Throw in the towel, Henrietta!”

– Churchill, to wife Clementine Churchill



2 Comments 14 November 2011

So you lost your job

At the white factory.

White walls, white linoleum kitchenette

With the white Frigidaire

That stored the sandwich your wife had made:

White bread, Virginia ham, spicy mustard

For that little kick to your afternoon.

The machine has done you in.

The one you believed in all along.

The machine — a simple weighing device

Designed to hold what you’ve earned on one scale

And the just balance of the universe on the other.

And now you’re beginning to wonder,

How could this have happened?



No Comments 25 October 2011

© 2021 The Shade. Powered by WordPress.