Let’s start in the middle

When telling a story, it’s best to start at the beginning, but if you can’t find the beginning just start in the middle. There’s never a dull moment in the Porter household. Just ask Bailey: He’s not bored; he’s exhausted. It’s a lot of work shedding fur all over the rug. He wore himself out. … More Let’s start in the middle

Constant Love?

Yesterday was a bad day. There were too many disappointments to number. When I woke up this morning, my head was still swirling. I felt like all the emotions that I was dealing with were too much to bring to God, too much to pray about, and why do I want to bother God with … More Constant Love?

What if an atheist wrote about the Holocaust?

What if, instead of a Jew, a gentile atheist was arrested and thrown into a concentration camp? That’s exactly what happened in the book Scheisshaus Luck, Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora by Pierre Berg with Brian Brock. This is Pierre’s actual story of enduring the Holocaust. When I looked at the cover, I … More What if an atheist wrote about the Holocaust?

My post-cancer life

Well now all the hoopla is over. I made it through the surgery, the breast reconstruction. The wounds have healed, the pain is gone. But the bombardment of letters, cards, gifts, and homemade meals are gone too. I do miss that; it must be what it’s like to be a beloved celebrity. All that attention. … More My post-cancer life

My Christmas Lesson

I rarely go to Craigslist, but yesterday an ad caught my eye. “Free Toys Wanted.” The latent Santa in me was aroused, and I answered back that I had a few things I could donate. My son is grown up, so I was sure he would not miss a few random stuffed animals and board … More My Christmas Lesson

Am I having a mastectomy or buying a used car?

Any car salesman knows that once the customer has walked off the lot, he’s lost the sale. A savvy car buyer knows: always be ready to walk away. I did not realize that my best negotiating skills were necessary to maneuver through the process of mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. I was diagnosed with breast … More Am I having a mastectomy or buying a used car?

The Jogger Meister

At 4:45 am, the Jogger Meister clods through the neighborhood, waking up any resident foolish enough to have his window open on a cool summer night. It is said that the Jogger Meister is ex-military, so he is used to waking up early and beginning his day. We, his neighbors, like to wait at least … More The Jogger Meister

Apartment Business

This is one of my first published Flash Stories.  My friend drew the picture to go along with it. And yes, it really happened. I don’t have to make stuff up! ——————————————– Apartment Business Emma had forgotten to buy beer for Fred for the last time. “Bam!” A bullet rushed through the barrel of the … More Apartment Business

Happy Boxing Day

We don’t celebrate Boxing Day here in the US but supposedly in the United Kingdom, the upper class would “box up” their old belongings and give them to the poor. I suppose I could look it up on Wikipedia and then look it up on Scopes to see if any of that is true. Or … More Happy Boxing Day