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Summer Stories



It's summer, new season, new life.

Summer is a time For new changes For new chances   Then, after a while You realize you want To spend your life With someone New, even though He's older and  You've only really Known him for  A few years.   But, summer is a time For new changes For new cha...

Whew, what a scorcher!

The heat was almost unbearable, reaching thirty-five degrees. Thank goodness for air-conditioning!

Not so very many years ago, I decided it was time for a change of holiday destination. Every December, for the past fifteen years, we had flown to Munich for the Christmas markets. How I love those visits. For the summer holidays, however, we always staye...

Lady in the Lake

A rescue leads to a grim inspiration for an artist

I am slumped in a chair, staring at my newest painting. For over twenty-four hours I have been awake, painting in a near-trance for more than half that time. The painting portrays a scene not far from my studio, a shallow bay on Lake Madeline. A woman eme...

It has a scent of mildewInfused with briny airTinged with heat-baked juniperNear the window thereSwimsuits stiff with sandy saltHanging from the railChildren’s plastic beach toysShovels, balls, and pailsA porch that’s sloped and batteredWarped with faded...

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Can you not see As they stand before you Can you not feel The world start to change Each year as the leaves On the trees start to fall Winter to summer Then summer to fall Again and again Each one comes and goes Always never ending But never the same One...

Just Another Summer Day

It's a lazy summer day for Jeff - until a wrong turn takes him to an old barn

It was going to be a typical late July day. Rather than spending the whole summer stuck in day camp, Mom and Dad had offered that I could stay most of it at my grandparents’ house. Their house was an hour and a half away, and I’d been told it was right on...

The Nurses. Chapter 9

Katarina gets a shock as war draws inexorably closer.

Berlin. June 1st, 1940     Saturday. A beautiful summer day. Warm and sunny. On her ward, Katarina was too hot. All the windows were open but there was not a breath of air for them to make the slightest of difference.   So far it had been a busy day. All...


oh the little ones

It's the most common things that make us feel royal. The most childish acts that make as desired. The silliest gifts to swear we are loyal and the sweetest ones we once were denied.