Category Archives: Fiction

The Lost Lightning Bug

Part 1: Abigail Gail was bored. It was still only July, and (as crazy as this sounds) she was already beginning to look forward to sixth grade. Not that she minded school so much, really. It’s just that she had expected more from summer. What had she done last year? Gail couldn’t seem to remember […]

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The Two Hedgehogs

Once upon a time, there were two hedgehogs.   One was tall, the other was quick, and both enjoyed eating very much.  Quick Hedgehog would share recipes with Tall Hedgehog, who would say things like, “That sounds pretty cool, but I need the measurements if I am going to make it.”  Other times, Tall would […]

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War Trees

(A side conversation, edited out of The Human Scale) “You know how sometimes, in a grove of oak trees,” Indy began as though they had already been chatting, “sometimes there are little groups of smaller oaks clumped together?  I mean, there might be lots of giant oaks in the grove, of such size as would […]

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At Water’s Edge

    “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” —Winnie the Pooh I stopped just short of the water’s edge.  I hadn’t expected this situation at all, as the trail was well worn, and seemed like it should continue. In this place, there were even stepping stones, poached from […]

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Karma Days

Roger’s world was getting smaller. He could feel it in the way it fit. Like a pair of jeans, shrinking with each wash, it was apparent that he could not wear it much longer. There was a smell, a taste to this place, which reminded him of his childhood; but he couldn’t place the exact […]

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Beth’s Coupon

At nearly twelve years old, my daughter Ellie had shown no obvious signs of leaving the fairy world of early childhood behind.  On any particular afternoon her room would become the site of dinosaur stampedes, tea parties with the queen, or volcanoes made of pillows.  Her pretend games seemed just as vibrant has they had […]

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Letters from Mozher Sound, C001

Letters from Mozher Sound Correspondence 001 (Excerpted from a longer work, in progress.) Om Waden, I think I’ve been at this too long.  People are beginning to tease me for the way I talk, because I have fallen into the habit of speaking the old form of English!  It should be no surprise, I suppose […]

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Fountain of Youth

Vern read the article no less than three times, then set the paper down on the table next to his half-eaten breakfast. Why was this in the B-section?  “I don’t know which is more incredible,” he spoke aloud to the empty chair across from him, “the fact that they can make you younger, or the […]

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Harvey Mayhem and the Jesus Peach

As I stood there, watching the smoke making its lazy trek heavenward in the tepid evening air of late July, I could not help thinking that I’d missed something.  In fact, even given the intervening years and the hours spent in the company of Harvey, I still cannot say that I understand exactly what had […]

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