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10 Inspiring Stories to Improve Your Outlook on Life

Not all inspiring stories need to be happy, or cheerful.  But they do need to shed light on the human condition in a way that is truthful, even if painful.  I think these ten fill the bill.


10 Inspiring Short Stories That Can Improve Your Outlook On Life

Eden’s Exchange talks to author John McCaffrey (@jamccaffrey)

Eden’s Exchange Talks to John McCaffrey

I’m very excited to introduce you to author, John McCaffrey. We first met on Facebook and subsequently followed each other on Twitter. He’s been a wonderful supporter of my work, and I consider it good fortune to interview him just after he’s released a HOT new book.

His latest offering, Two Syllable Men (Vine Leaves Press) came out April 26th. It’s already hit several top-selling lists.

Learn more about John and why he classifies his writing as “Disturbed Apple Crisp!”

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So great to have you here, John. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Are you a full-time writer or do you have a day job? 

For the past 15 years, I have served as the Development Director for a nonprofit organization in New York City, performing grant-writing, grant-reporting and other fundraising-related activities. For most of this time, I have also taught creative writing classes in…

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“Two Syllable Men” To Be Released April 16th

“Two Syllable Men”

a short story collection by John McCaffrey

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (

Release Date:  April 2016


“I want to see the thirst
inside the syllables
I want to touch the fire
in the sound:
I want to feel the darkness
of the cry. I want
words as rough
as virgin rocks.”
― Pablo Neruda

John McCaffrey’s “Two Syllable Men” presents 12 not-so-angry men, characters who are struggling to find happiness, or at least stability, in their lives after painful breakups and loss. These are guys who still have fight left in them, who do not want to be alone, but who are learning that often the best way to become whole again is to look inward, not outward, for love. Written in a concise, athletic prose, Two Syllable Men gives voice to the often-suppressed voices of men in trouble.

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