In this conglomeration of 20th Century novellas, short stories, and flash fiction quips, assembled in no particular order, are heroes, blackguards, lovers, gallants, adulterers, wayfarers, fanatics, mercenaries, sportsmen, pioneers, and murderers-just the regular assemblage of ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. Some of the characters are real (usually disguised in a nom de plume), some are fiction, some of the stories are based on real incidents, and some are figments of my imagination. Nonetheless, take none seriously-even though your empathy may be intense.