They’ve kept their true identities secret. You couldn’t pick them out of a crowd. You might have heard of some, but you’re not sure whether you’ve ever met them. Their names have been changed here to protect the innocent.
The cover is a photo by Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, of a Kwakwaka'wakw transformation mask at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, presented during the exhibition La Fabrique des images (The Making of images) – Musée du quai Branly, Paris (16 February 2010 - 17 July 2011).
- Alice had her own poltergeist
- Seeing aliens was normal for Bill
- Calvin didn’t share what he knew
- Cindy was Ainu
- Denny used to have a rock band
- Dick might have been in witness protection
- Emile imagined cities
- Enlil was a fishmonger for now
- Evelyn was inhabited
- Ferdinand could read minds
- By day, Frank was a graffiti artist
- Glenda kept others from wondering
- In spirit, Jasaw was a Maya king
- Jeffrey had an active fantasy life
- Julie was a famous poet
- Only Pete read the poems he wrote
- Ralph knew he was adopted
- Sejus knew about miracles
- Smith knew government secrets
- Susan felt like an impostor
- Wendy was a survivor
- William was a millionaire
- Xavier was an experiment
Any resemblance to any person living or dead is incidental, which is not to say that humans bear certain resemblances.
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In any page, you can click on or touch links to jump around in this book.
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You may find the following keyboard equivalents to be convenient. Here I use the symbol ⌥ for the option key on Mac/OS or the alt key on Windows, ⇧ for the shift key, and ⏎ for the return (enter) key. Arrow keys are ◄ (left), ► (right), ▲ (up), and ▼ (down).
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Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).
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