Care And Upkeep Of Writers

REVISED. Gad, the first version was meh. Dearest Darling, I confess that I have featured you in numerous provocative and compromising scenarios. I’ve also bumped you off without remorse. Early in our relationship, I would have been embarrassed to let you read how I’ve relied upon your visage and reputation for my content. Over time, … Read more

The Ferris Wheel – Flash Fiction

  I sat wedged between Mama and Ray. My feet dangled. We’d come to Virginia Beach like a family. It was nighttime, and carnival lights pulled me in. “Can we ride?” Three tickets later, we soared in a salty wind. Happy people laughed and screamed. City lights were our magic carpet. The carriage stopped at … Read more

Everyday

Everyday I am born. Everyday I see you born. Everyday I love you and everyday you go. That’s why I must let you know today that I have always loved you. I will grow our love and share this joy just as you have grown and share your joy. My love is with you always … Read more

Grandpa’s On Facebook!

  Make no mistake, he doesn’t have all the characteristics of the men depicted on Mad Men, that hot award-winning sitcom that everyone talks about. But he is from that era and he would be damned if he would ever wear a pair of jeans. No, this man, my dad, was a shirt and tie … Read more

Custard Pies and Family Reunions

Egg custard pie was my favorite. Mama stood in the kitchen, Grandma Payne’s recipe card propped at eye level in the window, the green glass mixing bowl in front of her, as she combined milk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla. She whisked the mixture and poured it into the unbaked pie shells resting on the … Read more

The Real Dad

“You have reached a point in your existence where I need to reveal something,” Dad said. He stood in front of me with a floppy, farmhand’s hat bent on one side. His flannel shirt, open in front, hung over the belt line of his blue jeans. “If you’re going to take away the car, I’m … Read more

Ticking Clocks

The first collapse came well after dark. I sat straight up in bed, jolted awake by a tremor under me. I reached for my cell phone and pushed the center button. It was 12:18 a.m. I slid out of bed, not bothering to put on my glasses. I’d left the bedroom door ajar just in … Read more

A Father’s Hands

A Father’s Hands My father’s hands did many things. He was a butcher and so his hands were nicked and scarred and very strong. His knuckles were often swollen and red, but remarkably the nails manicured and clean. I think he was quite proud of them. I remember the last couple years of his life, … Read more

Love is a Rose

Love is a Rose Meet Joe Black is a film about love and death. And it stars Brad Pitt, a heart-throb of our time. He has a chance meeting with a young woman at a coffee shop and they converse and connect. YOUNG MAN If I married you, I’d want to give you what you … Read more

Summer Memories – Birch Bark

In our ongoing collection of Summer Memories, Jac takes us to a glade where stories grow. … Birch Bark Jac Do you remember?  Was there any more glorious feeling than cool birch bark sliding under hands and bare feet, across summer clothing exposed body parts, soft and scratchy with thousands of tickly frayed edges?  Maybe, … Read more

Summer Memories – Bestest Summer

In our ongoing collection of Summer Memories, Gaboo decides lemonade sales make for an enterprising vacation from the parents. …   Bestest Summer Ever Gaboo This had to be the week that my youngest brother was born. He came into the world, a blessing. Not that my younger brother wasn’t also a trinket of joy … Read more

Summer Memories – Family Reunion

In our ongoing collection of Summer Memories, M Dawn takes us on a journey to a special place and time. …   Summer Family Reunion M Dawn Thacker   My grandmother cooked the best fried chicken, baked beans, and candied yams. Her potato salad put others’ to shame and her country ham biscuits disappeared from … Read more

Summer Memories with Adrienne

  Love to Summer I dream of the sun and warm temperatures. Sunglasses and sunscreen. Warm sand between my toes. Bobbing in the waves. Beach walking. Summer love? I would love to know the smell of summer where you grew up. How hot did it get? What did you spend those summers doing? What childhood … 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