THE HANDMADE GIFT

Joan and Karla are women of different generations who are brought together through a heartbreaking tragedy in the distant past and a moment of tremendous joy in the present. And although they don’t meet face to face, they have a beautiful connection because they are both the mother of a child with Down syndrome. But why their lives intersect is a powerful story about overcoming the greatest pain there is in life and somehow finding the strength to go on. *** Please click on the title.

REMEMBERING

Marcie Wilson rose from the pew and made her way up to the pulpit. This was a moment she had dreaded her entire adult life, but now that it was here, she had no choice but to persevere. In her left hand, she held some tissues and in her right were the notes she had … Continue reading REMEMBERING

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 EULOGY

Even though the church was small, Reverend Hansen estimated it was less than half full. Only the immediate family and a few acquaintances had bothered to come together on this blustery January day to pay their last respects to Donald Phillips, a man who, during his eighty-plus years of life, had survived a multitude of … Continue reading THE EULOGY

HAUNTED BY FACES

Ninety-year-old Jake Gaffen, a kind man with a face that disguised the challenges he’d experienced in life, relaxed in his favorite chair as he quietly watched the activity going on around him. Several men sat at a large table playing dominoes. There was good-natured banter about cheating, but Jake was not exactly sure how you … Continue reading HAUNTED BY FACES