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

LIGHTS IN THE DARKNESS

Someone I did not know has died. So why should it matter to me? Early each morning I drive by a long-term care facility on my way to work. My route takes me over a hill, and when I reach the top, the sprawling structure is barely visible in the predawn shadows. But once every … Continue reading LIGHTS IN THE DARKNESS

THE GUILT OF A BULLY

For the last thirteen years, Ethan Cooper had worked in housekeeping at the large metropolitan hospital. He was shy and quiet, but when he did speak, he had a harsh raspy quality to his voice that made him difficult to understand unless you paid close attention, which few bothered to do. Ethan was a person … Continue reading THE GUILT OF A BULLY

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