The Shadows Know…

9th July 2014 by admin No Comments

A pale cream hue caressed the jagged rocks of the quarry.
First dawn, when pitch darkness turns to light, a time of awakening, a time to watch the shadows melt.
I stand, next to the cacti and gaze across the ridges.
So many nooks and crannies created by shades of darkness hides creatures large and small, hideaways soon [...]


Through a Stork’s Eye

4th April 2014 by admin No Comments

The lanky bird stood at the end of the pier under the spot light, its neck craning back and forth.
It shifted from still to swaying like a snake, slowly, methodically, sweeping the shallow waters directly below.
A moon wafer cast a pale, milky glow across the bay, the lone sentinel above, lurking and watching everything.
What drove [...]


The Moon

10th February 2014 by admin 1 Comment

Hello, Moon.
There you hang, a thin white sliver that cradles a large dark ball.
Can I stand on your light and gaze below?
I see your shadow, an exposed part of your dark side.
It seems so cold and far away.
Though a million stars lie behind you, not a one sits between us.
What does that mean?
Why do you [...]


The Smile Bearers!

10th December 2013 by admin No Comments

The one they called Longboy perched his hat to the side, smirked, pursed his lips as if to blow a brass trombone, shrugged his shoulders in one short, sharp burst of boredom and spout out:
“Time for a bit of mischief. Yes, indeed—time.”
Pirouette adjusted her chartreuse dress of soft chiffon.
“Shall we take on ride on old [...]


Take time for you…

21st August 2013 by admin No Comments

The woman shut the bathroom door behind her, took one glance at her worry lines and furrowed brow and turned away.
She set her towels on the make-up chair, stood with her hands on her waist and paused.
“Can I really do this?” she asked herself.
She sighed, tugged the clip from her hair, reached down to turn [...]


Souls on the Beach…

26th June 2013 by admin 3 Comments

They walk by the shoreline, some hand in hand, some not.
They stop, pick up shells, examine the strange formations of the sand.
Mostly, they say hello.
Sometimes, they don’t.
Souls on the beach.
I find beachcombers so curious.
What goes through their minds as they skirt the soothing surf?
Do they think of back home?
Do they remember joyous times, raucous times, [...]


Simple Rules

23rd January 2013 by admin No Comments

After much suffering and tomfoolery, I came to a basic understanding of how I choose to live my life.  I abide by three simple rules:
1)    Do the right things.
2)    Stay the course.
3)    Never compromise integrity.
Of course, proclaiming and “doing” leave much room for error.
Often, I don’t recognize the “right thing.”
Daily existence finds expression in messy [...]


Onward and Upward

12th September 2012 by admin No Comments

A Little Goes a Long Ways…
“Thanks for dragging me to Jazzercize, Suze,” Louise acknowledged. “I
feel so much better afterwards.”
“All those endorphins kick in,” Susie agreed. “I love the natural
“I’m starting to notice a real difference,” Louise smiled. “After only
a week, I’m beginning to feel like myself again.”
“I should hope so, girlfriend,” Susie laughed. “You’ve been [...]


Not What the Label Says…

22nd June 2012 by admin No Comments

Sam and Susie met Bill and Louise at their favorite restaurant, a Sunday night ritual that over ten years, had forged a deep friendship.
Sam, the eternal optimist, contrasted greatly with Bill, a die-hard pessimist.
Susie, a risk taker, seemed almost the opposite of Louise, a staunch conservative.
Their dinner dialogues never lacked spice.
“They’ve been lying to us,” [...]


New Friends

30th May 2012 by admin 1 Comment

Brian bounded around the corner with customary zeal.
I grinned ear to ear when I saw him.
In tow, a woman from Oklahoma named Dusty kept pace, with a bright smile and a lovely energy.
We met, introduced ourselves and started walking toward the restaurant for dinner.
Without hesitation, we fell into lively conversation, throwing ideas and concepts back [...]