I'm a Pen 2 Paper #Disability-focused #Writing Contest finalist! Winning would really help me. My non-fiction #shortstory is from my teen years on Maui, as I was beginning my life-long battle with #bipolardisorder. I WOULD DEEPLY APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE. Just click on the link below and vote for my story, pretty please??? They ask for … Continue reading Hey all, I need your help!!!
THE FOLLOWING IS A TRUE STORY, RELATED TO ME BY MY FATHER, JERRY. HAPPY HALLOWEEN DADDY, WHEREVER YOUR SPIRIT NOW CALLS HOME. _____________________________________________ They arrived at the deserted cabin after dark. The two young men were dog-tired; the six dogs dragged exhausted paws. Jerry and Donnie had been hunting since before dawn. As the native … Continue reading Sometimes It’s Better to Sleep Alone
There's a Stephen King quote that often comes to mind this time of year, I think it's from Salem's Lot. When the days get cooler and the leaves start to turn (well, in most of the continental U.S. anyway), he says there's an instinct that kicks in, maybe an echo of ancestral memory, a whispering … Continue reading When Autumn Calls (and Thank You, Mr. King)
When I left Maui to go to college at William & Mary, I tried to be prepared. I researched that thing called "seasons," and what the temperature was really going to be like. I was very excited to see things like tulips and daffodils in spring, and changing leaves in autumn, and maybe even (if … Continue reading My First Autumn (or, What the Hell is THIS?!)
I was just sitting outside, enjoying the light. The sun is bright today, warm but not hot. The air is clear. Shapes have crisp edges and colors are bright. Two swallowtails danced together. Gold and black against the misty blue of plumbago blossoms. They flirted, the ending predetermined, and I wished I could sing for … Continue reading Butterflies
A couple of weeks ago, my husband informed me that he had adopted a new pet: Hunter, the friggin' huntsman spider! He had seen Hunter and was about to sneak up for the big squish when he witnessed Hunter take down and munch out on a huge friggin' Maui cockroach. My first thought? EEWWW! Squish … Continue reading The Maui-Style Circle of Life (or, I Once Loved a Spider)
The say the devil is in the details. Apparently, he's gotta be all up in the title, too.