Water’s fine

Water’s fine

“Tell me about this dream again.” I looked unblinkingly at my therapist a moment before closing my eyes so she can’t see me roll them. “I’m at the top some wooden stairs,” I began. “What’s on either side of you.” One eyelid parted a fraction. “Nothing, just steps leading down to a rocky beach.” “And, [...]

100 Word Challenge: Heart

100 Word Challenge: Heart

Today is Valentine’s Day. A day to profess your undying adoration for those special people in your life. Or, as my husband insists, it’s a made-up observance to make money for the greeting card and candy industries. It's not a particularly important holiday for us. We’ve been together for nearly 40 years. There is only [...]

Nightlight

Nightlight

While she nodded off playing a pocket game on her smartphone, inky shadows seeped into the corners darkening the room A heavy crocheted blanket kicked to the floor exposed her restless legs, leaving her vulnerable. Those unprotected legs now pinned to the bed by a sleeping cat snuggly nestled in the bowl made between her [...]

Esther’s cat

Esther’s cat

Anyone looking into Esther’s house, through yellowed sheers covering grimy glass panes, would see a parlor filled with dusty furniture. A bowl of spoiled milk sits by the cold hearth, a treat for a nonexistent cat. An ornate Cabriole sofa upholstered in faded red velvet sits in front of the oriel window. Once a vivid [...]