This is an entry in WordPress’ daily prompt. Today’s prompt is Childhood Revisited What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you. Nana’s kitchen is a long and wide room that takes up most of her Cape Cod house in […]
A few weeks back I wrote about what Christmas means to me. I mentioned a few famous Christmas stories too. My favorite Christmas story is O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. I think it’s the perfect Christmas story, if such a thing can exist. It has all the ingredients: sadness, humor, love, and generosity. […]
So here’s the deal: what I really want to do is write fiction when I grow up. I’m going to be posting short stories here from time to time. Maybe even once a week. What I would like is feedback. Please. The gnashing of the coffee grinder sounded harsh, making him wince. She had been sleeping in […]
The first time I remember drinking coffee was at a Sunday morning church social at the age of 12 or 13. I guzzled down I can’t remember how many cups, heavily seasoned with milk and sugar. It tasted like candy to me, as coffee with anything added still does to me today. It went well […]
It’s 7:45AM when I grab my jacket and head out the front door. The morning chill greets me as I pull my arms through the backpack straps and head to the street. Pine Drive is quiet on this October morning. Most of the birds that serenaded me on warm summer mornings are gone. The clatter […]
A monkey trainer went to his monkeys and told them:
“As regards your chestnuts: you are going to have three measures in the morning and four in the afternoon.”
At this they became angry. So he said: “All right, in that case I will give you four in the morning and three in the afternoon.” This time they were satisfied.
“When all the world recognizes good as good, it becomes evil,” because it becomes something that one does not have and which one must constantly be pursuing until, in effect, it becomes unattainable. This is the paradox of Lao Tzu as quoted in The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton. On the surface it […]
This week The New Yorker Newsletter lists links to some of their short fiction that was eventualy adapted into films. Some engaging reading for the week! via Sunday Newsletter – The New Yorker. Sign up for New Yorker newsletters here.
I was exhausted and decided to slump on a futon in the living room with the TV on. As I browsed through Netflix or Amazon — I can’t remember which — I came across Marathon Man. Watching Olivier’s amazing performance as well as Dustin Hoffman writhing in pain won over raking leaves. Seeing the movie lead […]
There were meadows and apple orchards. White fences trailed through the rolling fields. Soon the signs started appearing. THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA. We counted five signs before we reached the site. There were forty cars and a tour bus in the makeshift lot. We walked along the cowpath to the slightly elevated spot […]