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 [...]

Bedtime stories

Bedtime stories

They sat at a right angle to each other, opposite knees almost touching - he perusing news sites on his smartphone, she absentmindedly counting crochet stitches for her latest project. In their periphery, they both were watching the next show in their Netflix queue. He abruptly planted his feet firmly on the ground and stood [...]

Crime scene

Empty plates and utensils, rinsed and stacked in the sink along with drink glasses free of orange juice dregs, were waiting patiently to be loaded into the dishwasher. “I love that you cooked us breakfast. I love that you cleaned up the kitchen, but your attention to the stovetop is sorely lacking.” He slung the [...]

Service with a smile

Service with a smile

Picking at an upholstery tear in the showroom chair, she fumed over her second trip that day to get her car serviced. “Having fun yet?” her Mister texted. “He’s running a diagnostic making sure it’s right this time,” she vehemently poked her phone keys. She stared at the service bay window angry enough to burn [...]

100 Word Challenge: Common

100 Word Challenge: Common

My husband and I are very different. Where he is pragmatic, I can be irascible. He is annoyingly stoic, I am perilously temperamental. He is a hopeless romantic, I can’t remember birthday or anniversary dates. I love seafood, he doesn't want to eat anything that swims in its own pee. I've started leaning politically toward [...]