Calvin: My contribution to Forty-Four Stories about Our Forty-Four Presidents

My flash about Calvin Coolidge went live yesterday, thanks to Melville House, the host of an anthology of presidential flash curated/edited by Amber Sparks, Kevin Murphy, and Brian Carr. Coolidge was a tough assignment at first, but then I discovered that his “Silent Cal” legend hid the fact that he was suffering from serious depression, perhaps triggered by the sudden death of his favorite son. Most of the details and quotes in my story are derived from factual accounts, but arranged to suit my tastes of course. Now that we are in the home stretch of these stories, I wonder if anyone will come across them and be confused by their contents.

The crows are entirely my invention, though.

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