June 2016

The Red Rain Coat

Hump Day Shorts June 28, 2016
red rain coat

I’m heading off the grid for a couple weeks. And taking the family with me. The three of them will probably find a way to stay connected to the dish in the sky, but I’m going to do my best to remain unplugged. Last Sunday, I went Amazon shopping for travel gear. All four of […]

Read the rest of the story →

The Circus after the Circus

Hump Day Shorts June 22, 2016

For Bill’s Father’s Day treat, we took him to the Cirque du Soleil show, Kurios. It ended at 7:30 p.m., and we decided to stop at Uno’s on the way home. Uno’s is a family favorite: buttered pasta for Liam, Kraft mac’n’cheese for Will, and a Numero Uno for Bill and me. Actually, Uno’s is […]

Read the rest of the story →

Big Boys

Hump Day Shorts June 14, 2016
pirate sheet torn

In a Creative Writing seminar some 25 years ago, the instructor gave all of us the first line of another author’s story, and we each had to write a short story using that sentence as the lead-off. I thought of this exercise after reading a Facebook post from one of my cousins last week, and […]

Read the rest of the story →

Coupons Are Not Gifts

Hump Day Shorts June 4, 2016

We are speeding down that spring slope toward summer. I’m letting go of tasks that are not vital and hanging on to the rest in my tightly-gripped paper calendar. Coupons were the first to go. I’ve been an on-and-off again coupon clipper my whole life. Clipping coupons from the Sunday paper is therapeutic. My grandmas […]

Read the rest of the story →