What’s a brother to do when his unwed sister tells me she’s going on a week’s vacation with her boyfriend? I know they’ll be sleeping together, and sex? Ewww! That image is almost worse than imagining Mom doing that. Think of it. A man actually thinks my sister is attractive! Sexy? Come on. How could […]
While my wife finished making my lunch, I walked to the safe where I kept my .38 Special handgun. I withdrew the pistol and ammunition and placed them on the kitchen counter. My left hand trembled as I loaded six bullets into the cylinders. There was no physical reason, just the fact that I didn’t […]
Excerpt from the novel NEW BEGINNINGS Four-year-old Teddy was such a dream compared to Wendy, who was twice his age. Sarah didn’t know if Zoey, his playmate next door, was such a good influence, or if he just came by it naturally. But the kids had weathered their ‘terrible two’s’ and ‘trying three’s’ together and […]
The grandmother of thirteen children, of all ages, rarely missed an opportunity to volunteer and help someone. This day she was helping the foster parents and the disadvantaged select children’s Christmas presents at Helen’s Hope Chest of Mesa, Arizona. It was her third season volunteering and all felt blessed by her presence. Anxious to be […]
The public announcement in 1974 that the Emu was selected as the national bird of Australia rankled New Zealand residents. But flaunting the fact that their little cousin to the east didn’t even have a national bird fanned the flames of anger. New Zealanders took to the streets in protest. They demanded that Prime Minister […]
Outside Dave’s Tavern in downtown Clayton, Iowa, Howie Archer pulled his collar up to ward off the wind. Down the street a ways he saw a pretty blond woman and a little girl walking away from him. The girl pulled on the woman’s arm to try and pet a dog along their way. Just seeing […]
The roads were snow packed and the wind gusting as we traveled to celebrate Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa. My sisters and I were young and each had our favorite tradition at their house. My sisters would hang around the kitchen chatting with Grandma while she cooked Christmas dinner. Their objective was to be there […]
What a fool! She’s falling in love with Tony, yet everywhere she goes there’s a new woman with him. How can she stop before she gets hurt?
Jeanne lost her husband, and now the bank wants to foreclose on her bar & grill, leaving her penniless. Still, her heart-of-gold has room for Max, a homeless bum she does her best to keep alive on the streets of Utica, Montana.
Bartering, time banking, traveling without money, freelancing… we see the impact every day. Yet, we are smothered with 60-second images of sex, speed, success and smiles, and in that smothering, and we’re taught that business is a web of commercial offerings for profit. Contact between consumer and the vender is a simple slight of hand […]
This short story about the Cleaning Lady is one of those life lessons that leaves us forever changed… During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through all the questions – until I read the last one: “What is the name of […]
Taking readers back to their roots oft-times calls for setting the tone for the sense of community we once shared. Such is the case of Clayton, Iowa. There were interesting characters… making their lives important in myriad places within that community… Weddings always seem to draw out the most interesting elements of people… Kent Crodin […]