Why Short Stories?

Short stories are literature for people on the go. They make you think without dictating all the details


Other People's Mothers was finalist for a 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.

The women in the vignettes in Other People's Mothers made choices. The narrators of the stories often didn't understand the basis of the decisions because of incomplete information or personal biases. Accordingly, they warped the portraits of the mothers. Think how you and your siblings remember childhood events slightly differently. Perhaps these stories will encourage you to take a fresh look at your mother and you'll gain a more realistic understanding of yourself.


Are many nostalgic accounts of the good old days examples of selective forgetfulness?

fourteen short stories in The Good Old Days?are loosely based on actual recollections of childhoods in the 1940s, 1950, and 1960s.These tales are snapshots of major historical events and societal problems in the idiosyncratic way of memoirs. The narrator of each story is different.

Although the quirks of characters in these tales are amusing, one aspect of several of these vignettes—child and spousal abuse in so-called "nice" homes—is not funny. Perhaps, these tales will cause you to redefine the good old days.


I could certainly relate to so many of these stories. Some brought smiles, some tears, but all were wonderful and thought provoking. —Marilyn Olsen, President of Public Safety Writers Association

I give this book (The Good Old Days?) 5 stars for wowing me with emotion and insight, for reminding me to be grateful for the progress that's been made in our society. An eye-opening read. —Nancy LiPetri, author

Through these stories (The Good Old Day?), Greger invites us to ponder… what is it that we really want to remember? —D.R. Ransdell, author

Other People's Mothers is a delightful collection of a stories about mothers, each one different and some quite colorful. A good read from an excellent storyteller. —Marilyn Meredith, author

Definitely a good read. A book of reflection and a book that will leave me thinking for some time to come. —Amazon reader

Other People's Mothers is a quick read. A nice taste of life with mothers with some humor (I enjoyed the story of how one mother disposed of her collectibles), some sad moments. Most ended with some joy that the people would be okay after their experiences. Well written slices of life from a lot of perspectives. —Steve Brayton, author

The author delves (in The Good Old Days?) into the personal territory of tragedy in the everyday lives of seemingly everyday people. These very short stories offer… poignant glimpses into times ironically considered simpler and better by most people, allowing us to reexamine our preconceptions. —John Addiego, author

A Peek at a Story

I Still Want...

"I still want a hula hoop." The chipmunks—Alvin, Simon, and Theodore—screeched slightly out of harmony on the Saturday morning cartoon show. There were lots of things I still wanted, too: the winter to end, Mom to get well, and anyone to talk to me.

When I was eight, neither of my parents spoke much to me. They avoided me, except at suppertime. Then Mom stared at the black cat clock, with its red eyes rolling back and forth and its tail swinging, while Dad and I silently ate supper. When I put down my fork, Mom sent me outside in warm weather and to my bedroom in winter. Dad seldom protested her decision. He only hung his head.

For more, read The Good Old Days?