Short Stories and Sketches

Tales from a Long Lifetime

by Stanley Yokell


Book Details


Short Stories and Sketches is in two parts: Part I is an anthology of fictional short stories the author has written over many years. Part II is a group of short stories and sketches. The short stories in part II are tales of happenings in the author’s life.


Book Excerpt

THANK GOD I'M AN ATHEIST: My friend Richie came by the other day. We chatted for a while. He looked upset, so I asked what was troubling him. "I went to a lecture by Pat Robertson," he said. I asked, "Are you getting religion?" "Well," he said, "I've been thinking about it. You know it won't be too long until I pass on." "So why do you look so glum?" I asked. "Well, he scared the bejesus out of me with brimstone and hellfire. I'm a real sinner, bedded lots of women, swore a lot, stole a little, contributed to Planned Parenthood and I'm afraid of hellfire. Then he brightened up and said, "Thank God I'm an atheist.


About the Author

Stanley Yokell

Stanley Yokell is a retired professional engineer who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Like many Colorado residents, he has had a full life of outdoor activities. His published books include The Ship, a book about a landing ship tank (LST) that saw combat in the Pacific in WWII; The Ride, (written under the pen name S. Israel), about the author’s coast-to-coast bicycle trip to celebrate his 59th birthday; Dog Stories, about the important dogs in his life; House of Mirrors, an erotic novella; and Sex, Love and Erotic, an anthology of erotic stories, both written under his pen name; A Happy Life, his autobiography; An Old Timer’s Scuba Tales, an illustrated recounting of the author’s nearly 1,000 scuba dives; Murder at Plato House, the first in his series of murder mysteries; Old People, an anthology of stories about the elderly; Beneath the Surface, fictional tales of scuba diving; The Body in the Park, the second in his series of murder mysteries; The Murder on the Mall, the third in the series of murder mysteries; 2084 The Secularist Revolution, a tale of how technology upset the power of religion over people; and The Foothills Mystery, the story of the mysterious death of a solo rock climber. His technical books, all published by McGraw-Hill are: A Working Guide to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers, 1990; Tubular Exchanger Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair, written with Carl F. Andreone, 1997; and Closed Feedwater Heaters for Power Generation: A Working Guide, written with Michael C. Catapano and Eric Svensson.

Also by Stanley Yokell

Beneath the Surface
The Body in the Park
2084 The Secularist Revolution
The Murder On The Mall
Old People
The Foothills Mystery
A Little Book of American Haiku
Drugs and Death
Becoming American
Old Times in Elizabethtown
Dining Room Murders
Stories of My Boyhood
Anecdotes and Stories, Old and New
Sir Thomas Cat and Me and Stories my Grandpa Told