My First Girlfriend

I was in the sixth grade before it dawned on me that girls might have other purposes aside from being utility ball targets. The realization wasn’t something that came creeping up on little cat feet, more like a blow between the eyes with one of those same utility balls. She was in the fifth gradeContinue reading “My First Girlfriend”

Spearfishing

As children, we spent a considerable amount of time down by the river. Exploring along its banks, we would find arrowheads and other evidence of encampments by the indigenous people of an earlier time. With the raisings of the Rock Island Dam, most if not all of those areas are now submerged. One of theContinue reading “Spearfishing”

The Pit

There was a place in my hometown of Rock Island, Washington, where we gathered on hot summer days, when we weren’t playing baseball. Though we played baseball nearly every day, even youngsters sometimes need a little R&R. On those occasions, we would meet up at The Pit. It sounds kind of ominous, but it wasContinue reading “The Pit”

Snoozin’ Susan and the Lemon Cookie Caper

Fast forward a few years… Someone had been filching Susan’s lemon cookies. She always knew exactly how many she had at any given time, and of late, they had been mysteriously vanishing. The larcenous lemon lout had tried to cover up his cookie crimes by rearranging the sugar free, non-artificial sweetener, nuggets of lemon lusciousness.Continue reading “Snoozin’ Susan and the Lemon Cookie Caper”

Irresistible Immovable

For some reason, while walking my dogs the other day, my thoughts were drawn to the flawed paradox of the irresistible force and the immovable object. What would happen should they meet? And what if, instead of physical bodies, they were emotions? The force of hope Beyond compare Collides with objects Of despair Cataclysm OnContinue reading “Irresistible Immovable”

A Goodnight Story For A Little Snake

Jake came about as a result of a gift given to me by my sister at our 50th high school reunion. A rubber snake. Knowing full well my aversion to snakes, she tossed it down on the table, literally beneath my nose. Although I’m still not particularly fond of snakes, Jake has helped soften myContinue reading “A Goodnight Story For A Little Snake”