Listen. Hear the ocean breathing. Sync your own breathing up to it. This is what it is to be alive. What comes, goes; what comes into being, passes away. Life is ebb, then flow, then ebb again. All life. Yours and mine, and everyone else’s. Time is the ocean we all live in, and time, too, breathes. It’s … Continue reading "Listen"
Mid-December of that year, he decided to go to the cabin anyway. For much of that year, after his wife Angie’s death in late January, he had done virtually nothing. He was surrounded by memories of her at every turn, and that was where he wanted and needed to be. She had been sick for a long time, “so … Continue reading "Snow Hollow"
It was only three weeks, but he was absolutely in love. Love, however, doesn’t always flow both ways. It had been a late April day when he was stopped after class by one of his professors and told he was needed as an emergency replacement to accompany a flutist at her upcoming senior recital. Her regular accompanist had broken a … Continue reading "Everything… and Nothing"
Time was. That time no longer is. “You can do better. You know you can.” This had been his father’s frequent refrain. Yeah, probably, he thought. But there’ll be time for that. I’ll get it all together, I will. Then, one day, he closed his eyes, and when he opened them again, his father was … Continue reading "He Who Sleeps In Harvest"
Reghan Flynn, twenty-six, was looking at recipes and meals on Pinterest, when it struck her forcibly how ironic that was. She was taking in ideas about cooking through a medium where she could neither smell nor taste. Nor touch, for that matter. By rough calculation, given her phone and her laptop, she figured she spent … Continue reading "Only 2 Out of 5"
It’s summertime now. Next year, Lexi starts high school. Each year has been like a wave; they’ve come in gently and receded with deliberation, gradually giving way to the next one. It was early afternoon, and her mother was looking at baby photos, remembering with fondness what her daughter’s smile looked like before she had … Continue reading "Fourteen Waves"
Every morning, she walked down to the seashore to watch the sunrise. They had won a five day, five night vacation to this place in a contest held at the neighborhood grocery store. She had never won anything in her life before that, and when they called to notify her she was the winner, she … Continue reading "Driftwood Beach"
A typical work day, three or so years ago --
[Originally posted 8-31-2013] A certain boy was charged by his best friend to take a note to a certain girl. He took the note and went on his way. Although the note was sealed, his curiosity got the better of him, and he pried the note open and read it: I like you. Do you … Continue reading "Middleboy"