industrial washing machine

Rinse, repeat

As a child, I would go with my mother to the laundromat, helping her sort the dark clothes from the light. Once we loaded the washing machines with dirty jeans and T-shirts, she would pull over a chair for me, and I would watch the suds spinning in the commercial-sized washers. Mesmerized by the swirling…

yellow daisy

Where daisies bloom

In the spring, daisies bloom where we shared our first kiss, where we used to go to watch the sunset behind the summit. From our lofty perch we could see the city laid out across the hollow formed by the surrounding mountains. As the sun dipped behind the far peaks, lights blinked on in the…

surface dust

Love letter

He wondered if putting his feelings into writing would help her understand. All the self-help books told him that it should. Pounce covered the top half of the parchment, a fine dusting to prevent smudging. He dipped the pen nib into a crystal inkwell, contemplating his next line. She would read his words, see the…

blue ice

A whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on

Teeth-chattering, goose-pimply, words dropping like ice cubes from trembling lips, cold. Not cold, nervous energy, enough to air condition a third-world, desert country. Normally a well-maintained professional, whenever he’s around, I turn into a quivering jellyfish. I can’t speak without stammering or walk without stumbling over a piece of lint on the carpet. I must…

broken grave ledger marker

The Rising

Dr. Zeiss was outside to greet me when I arrived at Bayside Pavilion. He held the door as he welcomed me inside. His affable manner caused no concern for Gram’s well-being. There must be some fiscal project he wanted my help with, perhaps a bright and sunny atrium, named in Gram’s honor, of course. It…

red fern frond

Sibling rivalry

“Have you told your brother?” Momentarily speechless, my mouth agape, I finally shook off my stunned silence. “No, and I have no intention of telling him.” It was our dad’s turn to be dumbfounded. “How can you not?” “It’s really easy. I deleted his cell number from my phone, I blocked his emails, he never…

lights at slow speed

Lightning flash

All sound and light narrowed to a pin point. Voices were tinny and distant, raucous laughter canned and artificial. I felt like I was moving in slow motion while every one around me carried on at double speed. My tunnel vision focused on the couple across the room. As if a spot light shone on…

gravestone

Our Mabel

In a family full of rowdy boys, she was our little angel. Never a whimper, or complaint, she always smiled. Tiny from birth, she looked like a porcelain doll, our perfect little lady. We thought she was the answer to our prayers. We didn’t realize the answer instead was, “no.”