THE ASSAULT WEAPONS VOTE

The senator was in a combative mood, and he was pressed for time. Under normal circumstances his personal assistant would not even consider bothering him – but, of course, these were not normal circumstances. Joyce Sullivan had been on Senator Langley’s staff for eighteen years, but it had not always been easy. Her sixty-one-year-old boss … Continue reading THE ASSAULT WEAPONS VOTE

THE PRISONER OF WAR

By the middle of 1966, Thomas Hutchinson had been flying jets off of an aircraft carrier for almost a year. For the twenty-nine-year-old Navy Lieutenant, it seemed like no two missions over Vietnam were ever the same. Each one had its own special form of risk, but this one had been particularly difficult from the … Continue reading THE PRISONER OF WAR

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

THE LAST DAY

For fourteen years Sharon’s beautiful daughter had been successfully employed at a large discount retailer, but now that was coming to a heartbreaking end. During that time the two of them had always made sure they ate breakfast together, and this morning was no different. Usually, they talked about what Patricia’s day would be like, … Continue reading THE LAST DAY

A COMMON BOND

At 11:00 a.m. sharp the doors opened, and the regulars carefully started making their way into the nondescript community building that played such an important role in their lives. As they entered, they were greeted by the hearty aroma of the noontime meal that the staff of five had been laboring over for several hours. … Continue reading A COMMON BOND