Finding A Quiet Place

  We all have a need for solace, to get away from the routine of life, seek out spirit. For me, I tromp down to the sandy shore or stroll through a nearby park, wade through a stream on the side of the road. There’s this quiet little hidden waterhole tucked away at the state … Read more

One Little Bite

Ixodes scapularis… The tiny deer tick. I never thought much about the insect. It was a pest, something to search for on my body after a hike in the woods or tall grass. Sometimes it was stuck tight to my skin and needed to be extracted with a pair of tweezers and some alcohol. The … Read more

Saga Of The Larson Shark

  Part I: Left at T’s Corner It’s the first time I’ve been excited about the government auction website. Bruce trolls it like an online dater of heavy equipment. 1999 Ford F350/Powerstroke/Dual Wheel.”No Title” Morganton, NC; BUCKET Gallatin, TN; John Deere Bush Hog 1508 Nashville, TN; Greenhouse Frame Beaufort, SC… You get the idea—junk. I … Read more

Ticket To Ride – Edition 10 Is Out

Image © 2011 by Sheila Cano   Edition 10 will soon be out on ebook! Let’s go! ReadThisPlease.com Edition 10 is all about travel and motion, getting somewhere, and what we do when we arrive. Traveling takes many forms, so buckle up—we invite you to read some road-ready short stories by the wandering scribes at … Read more

ReadThisPlease Ebooks Available On Kindle

  The editor shows up—ragged, weary, and with a sublime expression of superiority. What has happened? We wondered. Now we understand. The tireless editorial team, tech guru Steve, and publisher Donna have coordinated the upcoming release of all ReadThisPlease editions on ebook. Wow! We have a new published catalog of quality reads and short stories … Read more

Latest Adrienne: Lost In An Alpine Rendezvous

I have been stranded on the Planet of the Apes. This is the reason for my absence. I’ve been lost in action. AWOL. It all began a couple of weeks ago, with a simple email from an admirer living on a coastal island close to where I reside. His name was Marcel. Yes, he’s French. … Read more

The Garden – A Short Story

  Gladdy Phipps sets the keys on the counter, walks through the front door, closes it, and never returns again. What compels people to change their lives? Is it when they can feel time draining and the opportunities becoming less, narrower? Gladdy is sixty-three years old, divorced, and suffers from schizophrenia. Diagnosed, she’s running a … Read more

Watersports

  Today, it’s finally sunny, but yesterday the sky was overcast. Despite the weather, I decided to celebrate the middle of June with a walk in the park… I see Eeyore sitting at the bench next to the pond. It’s midweek and not much is going on at the forest in the city. People are … Read more

Candy Store of Love

  He’s right—online dating is like being in a candy store. Alan, aka Candy_Man, has mentioned this to me numerous times and although we had a really strong connection on the phone, the truth is, he’s in the Sweet Shop and not ready to leave yet. At the end of my work day, I drove … Read more

Baseball 2011: Mothers In Spring Training

  I underestimate my youngest boy. Most of the time, he surprises me in the end. He decided, at the last minute, to try out for the high school baseball team. In our town, if you don’t start baseball at the earliest age, follow through with private hitting lessons, then ‘Fall Ball’, and finally ‘Winter … Read more

Mountain People

Now.readthisplease.com is featuring Adrienne’s experiences hiking and mountain climbing in the coastal range of British Columbia. Click here to read her first adventure installment and link to her picture book series, Into The Sky.   The mountain lures me. I will wake on a day off, excited to be heading out on the Sea to … Read more

In Touch With Chincoteague

To this point of the story, our trip had been all about my convincing, cajoling, and wishing my way into Chincoteague. From the time my family arrived for the weekend, I had been creating a fairy tale, plotting and planning, attempting to control everything around me, and show the perfection of this place. None of … Read more

Waitress’ Garden of Dreams

Craig and I met at a coffee shop down at the beach six years ago. I can remember… I rode my bike down Ocean Drive, set it against the brick wall next to the Pacific Tea and Coffee Shop, and entered. Craig sat alone with this Kangol hat perched on his head. He was holding … Read more

Textures and Shadows – Abstract Images

L G Ives presents samples from her recent series of exploratory abstracts. Everyday sights and images are suddenly unique and sublime through the lens and eye of Ives. Join us for a quick page tour and peek at some of the visuals she’s working with in Textures and Shadows, a Now.ReadThisPlease picture book.