Month: July 2017

Opium for a price

The opium she was soon to inhale would taste much better than Greta’s fattening candy. Fifteen minutes later, exactly where she wanted to be, Ben grinned and escorted her inside his Substandard establishment. His eyes had dark circles beneath them but his crooked smile…

Tick forward

Papa’s hands, so stiff and cold I could feel my guilt when I touched them. I could not go with him beneath our Texas soil. Instead, I had to swallow the bitter taste of a life void of his teachings and wisdom. Hands of…

DREAMERS

Source: DREAMERS Well done, Mr. Brown. Well done.

I made a threat

I was six and didn’t want to be left out of anything that looked like “fun.” One day, my sister, Pat, five and a half years older than me, had friends over. I kept trying to get into her room to be part of…

The color of blood

Sofie pulled up the two loose floorboards and reached below into the Shallow crevice. The journal in her hands, the clock’s pendulum lay on the red-velvet front cover. Now it made sense to her, how Meta had scurried around the dark bedroom the night…

Tellin’ it like it was

I’ve never been to jail nor do I plan to ever go. Growing up sometimes, I felt like I was in jail just from living under the same roof as Dad. I can’t imagine being all boxed in like that. I’d think the roof…

Can’t beat it with an ugly stick

At least we are together, Delma and me. It’s just another place that I plan to watch over her. I want to keep her close by, so nobody can snatch her away again. As long as I can do that, it doesn’t make no…

A not-so-traditional woman

“It is always painful to set one’s self against tradition, especially against the conventions & prejudices that hedge about womanhood.” — Helen Keller, Rebel Lives: Helen Keller What courage and determination it must have taken this woman to realize her potential! We are all…

The Stench of Betrayal

Goodbye Beatrice and take the smell of betrayal with you. Why was it the people who left were the ones Sofie truly cared about? First her own father, then Kat and her brother Timothy. Now Beatrice. If her mother were the one who’d left,…

One with the World

  My niece, Hannah Hurricane Sanchez, Harmonizes with the world in her artwork. So much talent! Check out her other pieces here.