Children · family · love · Short story

That Cannot Be Right!

Photo by Marjorie Bertrand on Unsplash Claire nudged Gillian. “Don’t look now,” she hissed. “Remember the one I told you about? The mother who puts her kid on a leash? That’s her. Sarah Something. She’s right there, at the counter.” Gillian nodded. Leaning back in her chair, she stretched her arms overhead, scanned the coffee shop… Continue reading That Cannot Be Right!

Children · education · learning · life · Short story

Cutting Down the Swings

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash   “This rope is magic,” Bella said, holding up a thick, dirty length of rope. Ms. Gayle cleared her throat. Student teacher her would make this the best ever show-and-tell for this band of grimy, earnest, smelly second graders. It was too bad that Janice Ryan wouldn’t see it. The… Continue reading Cutting Down the Swings

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Individual Results May Vary

Louise Foerster Dec 22 Photo by Trinity Kubassek from Pexels “Though now long estranged, Woman is not wholly lost nor wholly changed. Disgraced though she may be, yet is not dethroned, and keeps the rags of lordship once she owned, her world-dominion by creative act.” — JRR Tolkien, edited “What does that even mean?” asked Mila, staring at… Continue reading Individual Results May Vary

creativity · joy · relationship · Short story

What’s Deposited Into the Waste Paper Basket Doesn’t Always Stay in the Waste Paper Basket

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash Irina implored them to practice kindness when they painted. “You are tender, tentative artist seedlings! Please, please, I beg of you, be kind! Be gentle with the paint — it knows what it is there to do. Be careful with the paper — it does not need stabbing and folding and tight clamps and… Continue reading What’s Deposited Into the Waste Paper Basket Doesn’t Always Stay in the Waste Paper Basket