Thaw

The sun set over the horizon as temperatures plummeted. Ice formed in the corners of her eyes as she hauled firewood and dropped it inside the teepee. Removing her gloves, she pressed her hands to her face.  The ice melted quickly.  Unlike the glacier that had formed in her heart. He wanted to move to this…

Thursday Doors: Chinese New Year!

My family and I live on the fourth floor of a twenty-four-floor building, located on a hill overlooking a low-rise neighborhood.  The other day, my husband and I went for a stroll through the neighborhood. On our stroll, we found the beginnings of Chinese New Year decorations, placed on doors and gates. Chinese New Year,…

Project

Growing up, grandpa’s 1957 Chevy sat dead in the driveway.  My brothers and I often sat behind the wheel and traveled the highways of our imagination. My driver’s permit in hand, dad said, “I’ve got an idea.” Hours of labor later, the Chevy purred.  I helped too. “Nothin’ comes for free,” my dad told me….

Why not Just Write?

How did I get here … sitting in front of my computer? Hands hovering over the keyboard as I stare at the screen. It all began when making my bed. I noticed the plants on the windowsill needed water. So, I headed to the kitchen where a stack of dirty dishes waited. I filled the…

Silence

A myriad of dangers lurked on the other side.  Closing her eyes, Ruth tried wishing them away. Another day passed and still, she was unable to open the door.  Her family and friends never understood. The day arrived when she had no choice.  Open the door or die.  Her hands trembled, it took several tries. …

Thursday Doors: Wan Chai Heritage Building

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. I’m not sure what to expect from 2019.  I know a big international move is on the horizon for my family and I.  I’ve done them many times, you’d think I’d get used to them.  I don’t think you ever get used to packing up all your…

Renew

As I was always told it would, my life danced before my eyes.  Christmas and colorful lights, marriage, children, birthdays, weddings, and grandbabies. We all huddled on the couch together, waiting for the time to arrive.  They promised to transport us at the moment of impact.  A flash of light burst through the window.  The…

Desperation

Drawing from natural springs throughout the world did nothing to halt the deepening of her wrinkles. She wasn’t giving up though. They’ll be sorry for calling me crazy and for leaving me.  I’ll outlive them all! The advertisement read:  The Fountain of Youth Discovered in South Dakota The road reached toward the horizon as the mountains…