July 20, 1969

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoonJuly 20th, 1969 lives in many people’s memories. They can tell you where they were and who they were with as Neil Armstrong first stepping on the soil of a celestial body other then Earth. They have vivid, technicolor dreams of that fuzzy, black and white footage.

July 20th, 1969 lives in infamy in my memory, too, but it has nothing to do with the moon landing, nothing to do with the making of American history. Although we didn’t know it that morning, my family was too busy dealing with it’s own historical event to pay any attention to events happening 239,000 miles from home.Read More »

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Keeping Our Shit Together

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/15455079184 [CC BY 2.0; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode]“Water.” Erin spoke without opening her eyes. Her voice rasped and hissed through her dry throat, but Dean could still hear a touch of the old imperiousness underneath.

“Always bossing me around, aren’t you big sister?” he said as he held the straw against her cracked lips. She gave a faint smile before taking a sip. She swallowed rough and slow before opening her eyes to look at him.Read More »

Magenta

magentaIt all started with that trip to Home Depot. Jared and I stood in the paint department, fighting over what color to paint the dining room, for hours.

I wanted a nice neutral color—an eggshell or beige. Something that would open the space up, let us get creative with the smaller details. I wanted the room to feel light and welcoming and elegant.Read More »

1MinFiction: He Knows Now

He Knows Now

He thought he’d gotten away with it. The dump site.  The excuses.

Everyone seemed to believe him.

He didn’t know I was waiting for him. He didn’t know I had seen everything. He didn’t know she was my sister.

He knows now.

Today’s 1MinFiction prompt was the picture posted above. Full disclosure, I let the image percolate in my mind while I ate breakfast before starting the timer.

Truth

cell phoneThe doctors stood straight and serious as they gave Jakob the news. He laughed at the irony of it all and they gave a collective frown. He let them share what they knew with him—statistics and estimations for which he had no interest—and when they were done, he signed all the necessary papers and left.Read More »