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"food and fellowship"
Good morning, Max!
Linda, nice to see you again.
Did you sleep well?
Yes and no. I haven't slept on the top bunk since I was a teen. Phoenix got the bottom bunk.
I shared a room with my sister. Amy liked the top bunk. She called it her tree house.
Good imagination. What smells so good, Linda?
Oh, please join me in the kitchen, Max. I made the homemade cinnamon rolls for brunch. Cynthia made the fruit salad. Darlene prepared the cheesy baked eggs. My rolls should be done soon. Help yourself to coffee.
Thank you, Linda. Just what I needed to start my day.
Please follow me to the outdoor kitchen. Raphael grills the best chicken for our fajitas. His secret is lots of olive oil, sea salt and crushed pepper.
Nice to meet you, Raphael.
Likewise, any friend of Linda is a friend of mine. These onions, peppers, and zucchini squash are ready for you to take inside. I'll grill the chicken next.
Thank you. Can you grab a tray, Max?
Yes, give me the heavy one. Please lead the way.
We keep these in the warmer until lunch. Max, have you met Cynthia? She grew up with Sam in Minnesota. I'll see you later.
Hi, Cynthia, I'm Max.
Sam and I go way back. He played piano concerts at the Central Park in our hometown.
Sam's talented. I heard him play the piano last night.
We had famous musicians camp out in Southern Minnesota. They liked the home cooked meals at The Mayflower.
Who did you see, Cynthia?
Only the finest musicians came to Jackson.
Who are you talking about?
Liberace came from Chicago and visited his friend, Claude. Liberace loved to show off his big rings and fancy clothes. He played the grand piano for hours at the Central High School. Everyone for miles came to watch him play. I loved his outfits.
You saw Liberace play?
My parents took Sam and me. We watched him driving his convertible on Main Street. Claude and Liberace waved at us. Here's his photo on my cell phone.
That's him, amazing. Did you have a favorite song?
I loved his Blue Tango, Kitten On the Keys, and I'll Be Seeing You.
Cynthia, I remember Liberace. I liked his Boogie Woogie song and Chopsticks!
Oh, I loved Chopsticks, too! We also had another famous musician. He played the accordion and led a band right here in our high school, and the community bars.
Here's his photo.
Who would this be, Cynthia?
Lawrence, he was a German Russian musician who lived in Strasburg, North Dakota. His family was super talented musicians. Lawrence Welk ate at the local restaurant, Mayflower. He stayed at the Ashley Hotel while he was in town. Lawrence and his band played in our community with the youth band. They always paid their bills.
What were your favorite songs that Lawrence played?
I liked his Beer Barrel Polka, You're the Cream in My Coffee, and Start the Day Right. He had the right attitude with singing all day. It makes you happy!
Must have been wonderful to hear these musicians, Cynthia.
Oh, hi Sam. I'm glad you stayed the night. We grew famous
musicians in Southern Minnesota. Cynthia and I go way back
to kindergarten. We spent many hours listening to music.
The traveling musicians inspired me to play the piano.
Can you play for us, Sam?
Do you have a request, Max?
I like True Colors.
I know it by ear. Yes, can you sing with me?
Yes, thank you for your personal stories, Cynthia.
Nice to meet you, Max. See you later.
Dialogue Only Writing Contest contest entry
true colors - food and fellowship is a piece from my
NaNoWriMo novel. I hope that you like this dialogue
Max McGee is an undercover journalist reporting on street people
for the magazine, Colorado Life.
Sam is a piano playing pastor who works with the Denver Dreammakers
to help the homeless and jobless street people. He provides free room
and board in a converted warehouse, The Father's House. His staff counsels and trains them to have a quality of life. The rehabbed people pay if forward with the Denver Dreammakers.
Linda is a professional chef who helps on weekends at The Father's House.
Phoenix is a homeless vet.
Cynthia is a history-loving elderly lady. Sam married her sister.
Raphael is a professional chef who loves to grill food and helps out
at The Father's House on weekends. He's based on my father, Raphael,
who loved to help in the community. He cooked for the VFW and
prayed for the vets as their Chaplain. My Dad loved to play his
accordion and grew up near Lawrence Welk's hometown.
The history of Liberace and Lawrence Welk
is true, based on stories people told to me about Jackson,
by Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake
You with the sad eyes
Don't be discouraged, oh I realize
It's hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
The darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
Show me a smile then
Don't be unhappy
Can't remember when
I last saw you laughing
This world makes you crazy
And you've taken all you can bear
Just call me up
'Cause I will always be there
And I see your true colors
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