What can YOU say in six sentences?
Etta stood in the center of her living room, feet planted slightly apart for balance, and surveyed all of it. The assisted living apartment where she was about to move was a quarter of the size of this house where she and Herman had raised a family and grown old.
One out of every four possessions, she thought, I only get to keep…Continue
They have been each other's canasta opponents for 56 years, and though the tempo of the cards slapping down is slower, the rivalry is as fierce as ever.
Through college, marriages, births of children, and the deaths of mutual friends and relatives, they have remained sworn competitors in this one endeavor. Their arena is a four foot square card table, once shiny and now worn dull from the rub and snap of playing…Continue
The dark-suited 30-something man took the chair opposite mine but canted it slightly so that he could see the woman he'd just been talking to while she speed-dated the next suitor.
I remained quiet, waiting to see whether he'd ever make eye contact with me. His scent was 'Unpredictable' by Christian Dior, with the tang of bergamot and cedar, and something else smoky.
To amuse myself while this rude man ignored me, I dropped my voice into its lowest register and began reciting…Continue
1. Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
2. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick.
3. Little Jack Horner sat in a corner, eating his Christmas pie.
4. Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey.
5. Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
6. Sam, Sam the baker man washed his face with a frying…Continue
Today a new bird showed up in our arching cherry laurels. It sang a constant, repetitive two-note "step-here, step-here," as insistent as the Go-Away bird in Botswana, that time you took me on safari.
Remember how, day and night, the infernal sound invaded everything -- our treks through the bush and tea on the lawn and the report of the rifles and cries of the trackers -- always scolding us to leave Africa, away away away? If only a bird had the power to oust invaders. There would…Continue
[Author's note: Title pawn is a financial disaster for the borrower. The interest piles up weekly and it is almost impossible to pay back the loan. This predatory lending is legal in most states.]
"Can you at least tell a Buick from a Yugo, sweetheart?" That was Barney, departing night clerk whom I would soon replace, but I was having none of his sarcasm sandwich. He trained me to fill out the loan paper…Continue