100 Days

I’m outside after the show. Some kids scatter down the sidewalks of the old lower basin, where all the warehouses sit like tombstones. Cigarettes, mohawks, we’ve played the old shoe factory before, and I love it because of the sound, but the river smells like week old fish sticks. “Hey,” Zach calls out, opening the... Continue Reading →

Metrics

I found Kurt in the breakroom, discussing the perks of yoga with an intern. I rolled my eyes. “Kurt, let’s go. The MASH meeting has started.” “Oh, is it Thursday, already?" he said with a smile. "Well, I’d hate to miss such an important matter." A slight bow to the girl. "Namaste, my dear." I... Continue Reading →

The Resolution

Mom said he was fool's gold. Nothing more than sparkles and promises, always on the cusp of something big. I explained to her it had been ten years and he’d had a lot of time to change. But what was the use? Neither of them would change. So I told her not to worry, I... Continue Reading →

The Gift

On the day after Christmas, a package arrived at our front door. It was wrapped in brown shipping paper, secured with frayed tine. It looked like it had been through a few mishaps with the post office, but written on the top, under all the stamps and shipping info, was our name and address. Mom... Continue Reading →

Dream Come True

Lily says my dream girl is a total snob. She says Stacey Peaks doesn’t know I exist. I disagree. I mean, yeah, I might only exist in the way a piece of furniture exists in the corner of a room--something to take up space in the backdrop to Stacey’s life--but hey, I'm there. Stacey sits... Continue Reading →

The Salesman

When I’m making sales, I’m jolly and jovial, buying rounds at the bar and laughing with strangers. I slap backs and knock back drinks with those who’ve fallen victim to my charm. I sing along to the songs I’ve known all my life. I nod as the regulars share stories I’ve heard too many times.... Continue Reading →

Love at First Light

I was in a rush, cutting through the lighting section at Home Depot when I saw her. Through the chandeliers and flushed mounts, the recessed fixtures casting a cozy glow to her cheeks, she saw me and smiled. I quickly forgot where I was or what I was doing. I nearly took out a box... Continue Reading →

Thankful – My 200th Post!!!

It rained on Thanksgiving. A cold, driving rain that turned everything dark by three o'clock. Uncle Jim said it didn't much matter to him, he'd planned on sitting on the couch and watching the game either way. He wasn't lying, neither, he stayed put even after we ate when I offered to help Mom clean... Continue Reading →

Truth or Dare

I took the dare. Always. No matter what the stakes or the consequences, I sucked it up and dared myself to walk. Anything to escape the truth. It was quiet. No traffic or people or runaway thoughts. Only my footsteps, as I crossed, stopping every ten or twelve steps to wait for the approaching hum... Continue Reading →

The Book Club

Mr. Leverette had taught wood shop at Bennett Middle School for nearly twenty years. In those two decades he’d managed to avoid school politics, fashion trends, three assistant principals, and more budget cuts than he could remember. Mr. Leverette kept his shop clean, his tools well-maintained and sharp. He took on each day like a... Continue Reading →

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