Short Stories

First Christmas

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Short Stories | Comments Off on First Christmas

First Christmas

Santa Claus is in my house! He arrived just moments before when a thud shook the house, followed by loud banging, sounds of sleigh bells, and stomping on the floor above us. I was five years old and paralyzed with excitement: Santa had flown all the way from the North Pole to my house in Ashland, Kentucky.

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The Gift

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Short Stories | 1 comment

THE GIFT

Published by the Blue Lake (California) Literary Review, October 2013

 

I was spending a little time with my mother in Ashland, Kentucky, in the summer of 1998. We were on a day trip when she put her hand on my arm and said, “You’re such a nice young man. What is your name?” It took me a second to understand that she was not kidding—my mother had forgotten my name.

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Natural Wonders

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Short Stories | Comments Off on Natural Wonders

My ten-year old grandson and I were sitting on the deck of my home waiting for a summer rain to start. The deck faces east and is protected by an overhang, and I have sat there often over the years as Michigan rainstorms have passed over. Having him with me as he eagerly awaited the coming storm made this storm special: I’m passing along a tradition I learned from my mother.

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