27 Jan 2018

Recognition

Recognition

At age six, David told his two best friends that he was adopted. He revealed this news with great pride and no idea that anyone would ever react negatively to such a fundamental truth of his life. He’d been adopted at seven days old by a loving couple who’d assured him that he was deeply […]

11 Jan 2018

Taste

Taste

  In the watery cool of spring, she seeks morels deep in the woods. In the fall, she forages mushrooms with jaunty names, Hen of the Woods. She will prepare and serve up the forest as a savory mushroom stroganoff. For many years as a girl Food was her enemy. As she warred against it, […]

7 Jan 2018

Just Two Kids in Love: How to Stay Married

Just Two Kids in Love: How to Stay Married

When they were 15, Gene and Loren were classmates at the single high school in their county. They often crossed paths in the same “smart kid classes”.  In what was likely the only time studious Loren didn’t complete her homework, she asked Gene to tell her the answer to a question about A Separate Peace. […]

2 Jan 2018

Rumbling Thru

Rumbling Thru

They thundered through the tiny town in southern Illinois, riding several wide and making the pavement thrum with power. He was five years old. When the line of motorcycles rumbled past his house, he ran outside to stand on the front lawn and watch them pass. All the neighbors were doing the same thing; it […]

7 Dec 2017

A Funeral for the Living

A Funeral for the Living

Tim wants to attend his own funeral while he’s still living. At 64 years old, he has no plans to die anytime soon, but he doesn’t want to take the gamble that we’ll still have the ability to listen in on earthly conversations after we die, and he finds it ridiculous that we wait until […]

1 Dec 2017

Fancy Fridays

Fancy Fridays

Thaddeus, age 4, is the dapper host of something special called “Fancy Fridays”. What makes Fancy Fridays fancy is a few things: 1. CANDLES.  You light a candle and then turn the dimmer part of the light switch down lower, and the dining room gets darker, but not too dark so you can still see […]