LEONARD WHITTIER STOPPED walking. The white-haired woman about thirty paces in front of him called back, “What’s the matter? Why are you stopping Leonard? What are you looking at?” The seventy-year-old observed the mass of humanity crowding the beach. Bright colored umbrella’s mushroomed under the scorching sun, failing to prevent major sunburns. White noise of … More Beach walk
When I was a reporter for the Stopgap Clarion, one of Oklahoma’s successful weekly newspapers, I often recorded interviews on my digital voice recorder. Tom Sayers, also known as Buglenose, was my co-reporter for special events. The size of his proboscis had nothing to do with the moniker. Whenever he blew his nose, the sound … More A newspaper reporter moves on
Some people have legitimate issues with the hand life deals them and manage to find success and happiness. This is the story of a red-haired, dark-skinned, young Jewish girl who loses her husband four hours after their wedding. And he never knew she was pregnant. It was an easy choice for Stephanie. The fetus inside … More Alone again
Gloria whistled in her sleep, she never snored. Richard awoke from a dream believing he heard someone calling a dog. He sat up, shook his head, and swung his naked body out of bed. Without turning on any lights he groped his way from their bedroom and moved toward the kitchen. Halfway through the family … More Black loafers
One of the most important technological advances to date are little battery powered personal trimmers. Can you imagine how we’d look, well the guys anyway, without these magnificent inventions? Picture in your mind how men who lived to age 68 would look without trimming their nose hair. Not a pretty sight is my guess. And … More Taking care of business
Sophia and Marie sat in the shade, on their favorite bench in Memorial Park. Both lived in Nutley, N.J. and residents were coming awake, getting ready for a long July Fourth weekend. Today marked the first day of their vacation from the publishing house. They were discussing where to meet eligible guys and didn’t notice … More Nutley morning news
In the great scheme of things what appears as trivial, isn’t.