Let Me Taste Your Wares

 Gaboo recalls an autumn experience for this thanksgiving season…   Part-time job picking apples for one of my old man’s bar buddies. The guy owned a stitch on a hillside and procured himself a decent crop. A country drive, and Mr Apples is showing me the trees. Says “pick down this row,” and demonstrates how … Read more

Comfort Food – Simple Pleasures

  If you want lower taxes, set another place at your table. Where we live food is part of the lifestyle. It’s semi-rural here and the cultivation of food, gardening, and the processing of over-stock is a portion of the weekly routine. We personally have chickens and all the turmoil that goes with chickens. It … Read more

Grandma’s Lilacs

  I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. –T. S. Eliot   I round the corner of my house … Read more

Flowers On The Run – A Perennial Bed

  The speed limit was forty-five and Mary ignored it, willing the engine faster as the wind rushed through the open car window, streaming her tears. She was speeding away on the back roads of Fendal County, running from an argument with her husband Bill, and racing in search of peace. Three miles out of … Read more

Exclusive With The Queen… Bee

  Bruce’s cell phone rang. He usually looks at the display and sends the call to voicemail—when we’re at the dinner table. Instead, he flipped the phone open and said, “What’s up?”  It could only be his mama. His parents are seventy-seven and eighty-four. They are both active and fairly healthy for their age, but … 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