What can YOU say in six sentences?
For 38 years, Henry tilled and harvested to feed the family. When the drought of 1937 broke him, the bank was quick to repo the tractor and remaining healthy livestock. He and Sallie moved to Johnson City (the kids were grown, anyway, and living in Knoxville and Little Rock), and she found work at the Five & Dime.
Henry brought with him a few plants he'd been working on, and he continued trying to cross breed a simple daylily he thought would be pretty.
In 1939, his…Continue
They gave me a picture book of all the animals on Planet Earth, saying I could be any life form I chose as long as it wasn't human.
The face of the sparrow hawk looked like never-ending hunger.
The cockroach looked like the guy who inherits the earth but doesn't want it.
The monkfish looked like a sack of testicles expecting to win an audition on talent alone.
The Cape Buffalo looked like the guy who inspects your building, finds all the rotten places, and expects…Continue
The customary midday cloudburst that soaks the yard evaporates ten minutes later in this 100-degree heat.
I sit on the porch swing out front with unsweet tea. A friend stops by for half an hour of urgent gossip, bringing "Child Support Cake," a lemon-soaked pound cake she bought from a man who got behind in his child support payments and took a second job as a baker.
I walk slowly to the back yard followed equally slowly by the dog, and I ease into the shaded pool, clothes and…Continue
Dear Bill (that doesn't count as one of the six sentences):
At first I was sorry to hear you had shucked your shell and transited, but on reconsideration, I am happy because now I have a source in The Beyond! One question I have always wanted to ask of The Departed is, are there rooms where likeminded people are grouped because I want to watch Jimi jam with Janice, since they died before I got tickets to see them on Earth.
Also, is The Beyond like Second Life on the…Continue
Playa and Simon, smiling, danced a samba for the cruise ship passengers in an upper deck lounge that was supposed to evoke a South American locale.
They had met at an audition in a cramped Miami dance hall where cruise line managers selected dancers, singers and musicians -- non union, they clearly stated.
Because they looked "Latin," Playa and Simon were paired up and given 20 minutes out in the hallway…Continue
The commitment papers in front of Jo had been pre-marked with Xes where she was to sign if, in fact, Mirella was "a danger to herself and to others."