THE MAN WITH THE STICK

Seven-year-old Kylie Whitfield peeked out the front window as the man with the stick walked past her house. Every morning, at about the same time, he passed by on the near side of the street, close enough that she could clearly see his full white beard and white hair. Kylie lived with her mother in … Continue reading THE MAN WITH THE STICK

THE COMPASSION EXPERIMENT

As she walked into the main lobby of the assisted living facility, Marilyn took a deep breath and tried unsuccessfully to control her nervousness. The tension had been mounting all morning, and now that the meeting was about to happen, she was having doubts about the entire thing. What if she had miscalculated the value … Continue reading THE COMPASSION EXPERIMENT

A BOOK OF LIFE

As Suzanne Collinson waited anxiously for the man who was coming to visit her, she could not help but wonder if her life had ever really mattered. Sadly, she believed she knew the answer, and it hurt to feel so useless. To think that she had somehow managed to live into her eighties without making … Continue reading A BOOK OF LIFE

THE ENCOUNTER

Kenneth Patterson was desperately late. Everything had gone wrong this morning, and unfortunately, this was one of the most important days of his career. Even his luxury sedan had broken down. Now there were just minutes to get to the meeting that could secure his future. As he rushed for one of the six elevators … Continue reading THE ENCOUNTER

THE HANDMADE GIFT

The frail elderly woman sat in her favorite chair next to the window. Shafts of sunlight streamed in as her eighty-three-year-old hands lovingly sewed her latest baby quilt. Joan had been making them for almost sixty years now, and as long as she was physically able to keep putting together the beautiful colors and patterns … Continue reading THE HANDMADE GIFT