From the home security camera in the corner of the kitchen, “A dash of salt, pinch of pepper, and cover the pot. He loves this sauce. It takes forever to make. But, boy does he go nuts for it,” says Charlie with a self-satisfied smile. “What’s the occasion?” asks his mother through the propped upContinue reading “Simmer”

A Cup of Tea

Sitting on the curb with her hands covering her face, tears streamed through her fingers. I walked up to give her a cup of tea. The lights from the first response vehicles lit the night. “Here you go Kim,” I say standing in front of her holding out the cup. “What?” she asks startled, lookingContinue reading “A Cup of Tea”

Olga’s Song

Heather’s feet hit the floor, they move, rhythmically. Beats surging through her, she moves. Pure energy, the bass in her chest, peaking, surrounded by ten thousand strangers and two friends, Heather was in ecstasy. Drum and Base pumping from the speakers moved the crowd. They were a turbulent sea of bodies. Reaching to Sergey forContinue reading “Olga’s Song”

Jimmy Loves

Jimmy lands his left hook, followed by the haymaker he had been waiting for all two rounds. Glove, an imprint of knuckles, and follow thru was the combination that sent Doug the Dog’s mouthpiece and blood through the air. His mouth guard landed when he did. Coming back to the moment, seeing the ref countContinue reading “Jimmy Loves”

My First Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia

Dealing with a long-running dry spell I had gotten on Tinder my second day in St. Petersburg. Now, I have a checkered past with this particular dating app. However, I took another shot. Boy was it a doozey. The first surprise was getting 3 matches in the first 24 hours after being quite discerning aboutContinue reading “My First Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia”

The Plate

6:32 pm Monday, a ten piece puzzle of a broken plate sits on the slate tile floor. The fight is over, Christine’s point was made. Sarah had never been a good listener; it was her defining non-physical trait. Sitting next to the shattered remnants of the first gift she had given Sarah. Marinara and pastaContinue reading “The Plate”


“It’s winter now. The first snow is falling and here I sit” A glass of bourbon is placed on the recessed windowsill. John looks out longingly through the snow, past the expanse of the park, beyond the ocean on the horizon. “Times were simpler then. You see hate had all but disappeared in the world.Continue reading “Grandpa”

Awkward Moments in Attempted Dating

  Atop a twenty floor apartment building on a summer’s evening twenty or so 18 and 19 year-olds drink and smoke cigarettes awaiting the sunset. The golden sky was a serene backdrop. The forecast was clear for the next hour as a micro-burst approached from the east. On the west side of the roof underContinue reading “Awkward Moments in Attempted Dating”

The Night Reality was Proven

“The weekend has begun! I wish I didn’t have class tomorrow,” Jade takes a drag from the second joint in rotation. Exhaling, “Macro Economics can suck a… Kugh hugh kuh, fat sack.” “Tomorrow is Thursday, we have Anthro 101,” Erik reminds him from across the six-person circle. “Whatever, class is class they all suck. AreContinue reading “The Night Reality was Proven”