THE BRAVERY OF A FRIEND

Carl leaned back in his easy chair and waited. It was at times like this when he missed the relaxing pleasure of his pipe, but at his daughter’s persistent urging, he had given up smoking years ago, and it had paid off. He had now achieved the distinction of being an octogenarian, and, thankfully, his … Continue reading THE BRAVERY OF A FRIEND

BENEATH THE PIN OAK

On a spectacular April afternoon in 1929, a six-year-old girl eagerly followed her father to the northwest corner of their acreage. Having to take four steps to each one of his, she struggled mightily to keep up, but she wanted to be there for the big event. Although her dad lived with impaired vision, the … Continue reading BENEATH THE PIN OAK

THE BRIDGE OF LOST HOPE

Stephen Parker believed he had every right to decide when and where he was going to die. After all, every life eventually comes to an end, he was simply ensuring that it happened at a time and place of his choosing. And he had every confidence that the old bridge would provide a more than … Continue reading THE BRIDGE OF LOST HOPE

A CHRISTMAS EVE MEMORY

THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 24th, 1994 The troubled man huddled beneath the rickety bridge as the blizzard raged all around him. Sadly, he’d been homeless long enough for it to have taken a harsh toll on his body and mind. Shivering uncontrollably as the howling wind whipped through the gaping holes in his tattered blanket, … Continue reading A CHRISTMAS EVE MEMORY

COMMON STRANGERS

Carly steered her SUV down the gently winding road that led into the center of the large cemetery. As she pulled into her usual parking spot, she glanced to her left and saw the same blue minivan that was almost always there. For several months she had crossed paths with the woman who drove the … Continue reading COMMON STRANGERS