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

Flash Fiction (100 words or less) title not included :-)

Christmas In Passing “Excuse me?” a tall, fading man with a shuffling walk appeared in the doorway of the kitchen, at the care facility she was visiting. “Yes?” she answered him with a smile. “Could I have a dessert to take to my wife?” “I think so…” What a darling request, she thought, and turned … Read more

Slick

I’m watching this guy shoplift cheese and he’s slick. I didn’t do anything, because I was so fascinated with his method. So, I thought I’d share. You never know. He’s at the dairy counter with a basket—I’m assuming he’s pricing alternatives. He picks up a honkin slab of cheddar and looks it over, but here’s … Read more

The Canadian Great Escape

November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to pay our respects to all the men and women who fought for our freedom. I listened to a radio broadcast this afternoon in which Jian Ghomeshi interviewed Robert Fisk who is the Middle East war corespondent for the The Independent newspaper. He recently wrote an article, “Do … Read more

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

No Batteries Please!

It has been a very different experience hooking up with this man from the U.S. For one, I didn’t meet him on the internet. There was no profile to get the goods on him.  ie: fave color, pets, intentions, likes and dislikes. No, dear readers, I had nothing but a connection with his cousin, whom … Read more

Embers – Tales of Romance with Adrienne

  Internet dating has made meeting people so easy and throws a single person into the dating pool filled with all kinds of interesting and not so interesting men and women all looking for someone. Times really having changed. In the past singles had to make special efforts to even be exposed to potential mates. … 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

Shades of Summer

  I haven’t been online much lately. The dating sites that is. Too much disappointment and I’ve lost any expectation that my man is just a click away. To be honest, I’m seeing Re-Run-Ron, and he is just what his name says. We had a one year live-in relationship a couple of years ago. It … 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

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

Summer Memories – Old Red Barn

Let’s travel with Adrienne to her youth, when the pastime was having time. …   Old Red Barn Adrienne S Moody We loved eating berries. Choke cherries ~ little red berries with a tiny pit inside that were so sour your lips pursed together in response. No Name Berries ~ perhaps they were inedible to … 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