THE FIRST RESPONDER

It started with a cough. Nothing out of the ordinary. Certainly, nothing to be concerned about – at least not for the first few weeks. But after a month, the coughing became persistent, it got deeper, and it lasted longer. That was quickly followed by growing fatigue that seemed to get worse with each day. … Continue reading THE FIRST RESPONDER

THE RAIN

It’s not an easy thing knowing you are going to die, but Kathleen knew that would soon be her fate. Her illness had progressed to the point that the final outcome was now a certainty. She had enjoyed a satisfying career as a nurse. In fact, in 1952, she was one of the first black … Continue reading THE RAIN

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