Rain!

In my dream, I hear the chimercial rumble of thunder. In my dream, I catch the quixotic scent of rain. My skin tingles in anticipation, Bliss filters through my brain. In my dream, it’s closer, almost here, In my dream, I await the spray. My eyes close as I look toward heaven In supplication as […]

Hand-Me-Down Christmas

Hand-Me-Down Christmas

For nine-year-old Annie Hale, Christmas doesn’t hold the same excitement as most children. Tiny and underweight, she is always lost in the shuffle in the family of six. Born on December 23rd, the second of four children, the oldest of which was a girl, there is nothing special about little Annie Hale. Most years, because […]

If It’s Thursday Night, My Name Must Be Lola

An impromptu reaction to an unexpected and random comment set me on an unusual path and a life steeped in fantasy. Who am I? My name is Julie or at least some of the time…well, most of the time. Okay, let me start at the beginning. I’m a thirty-something, single mother of two teen boys. My […]

Summer Among the Cypress Trees

Summer Among the Cypress Trees

A NORTHEAST TEXAS BALLAD It’s hidden there, alone deep inside the cypress trees, waiting for the cover of night his appetite to appease. Ranger Jack would not believe the tales he’d always heard. Not him, too wise is he, a man so self-assured. Jack walks the park each night, the camper’s safety to ensure. Shoulders square, […]