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THE CRAWLSPACE

THE CRAWLSPACE

There had been a massive set of bookcases in her grandparents’ home for as long as she could remember. As a toddler and small child, she had clambered up the shelves, breathing deeply of the good wood smells, the old varnish, the sweet tang of […]

RIPPLES

RIPPLES

Ripples moved out from the center, driving the eyes away from the impact, but it was the impact that was important. The ripples were a distraction, a way of trying to avoid how key the impact was. The impact tried to disappear while the ripples […]

ROSES IN A RING

ROSES IN A RING

You could see where others had walked by the tracks left in the grass, their shoes and skirts absorbing the dew and leaving a darker green path to show the way they’d gone. The sounds of the animals lead the way, too, as sheep and […]

THE FLOWER TUNNEL

THE FLOWER TUNNEL

Taking a deep breath, she entered the flower tunnel. As she moved forward her confidence began to ebb away, replaced by a growing fear. The black and white flowers, so sophisticated and elegant looking at first, began to look grotesque as the light faded. The […]

FINDING WAKE ISLAND

FINDING WAKE ISLAND

During a shopping trip today, an older man was talking with the clerk about refilling a printer cartridge. She explained that this store didn’t offer the service and made some suggestions as to where he could go. I watched, thinking he might like to do a little research […]

CHRISTMAS EVE – ICELAND 1956

CHRISTMAS EVE – ICELAND 1956

It was a cold, clear Monday in Reykjavik. The sun had risen at about 11:30 a.m. that morning and had set at about 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. At Keflavik Airport, Air Force Airmen manned the Ground Control Approach unit (GCA), and Airmen and Icelanders manned the […]