I have a degree in Creative Writing but have not written for anything other than my marketing job in years. Vocal has inspired me to start creating again! I live with my husband and two pit bulls, as well as my hilarious step kids.
A Bowl of Cherries
Your grandmother used to have this cherry tree in her backyard. It must have been there forever, you thought, because it had grown over and through the fence, and shaded a large part of the yard. For years, in the spring, you would stand on the wobbly, makeshift stone bench under the tree and pick all the ripe fruit you could reach. You sorted the untouched from those half-eaten by squirrels and birds and tossed those that passed into a big, white bucket. Your grandmother would climb a ladder to reach the higher cherries and tottered on the uneven ground.
The Block Doc
The “doctor’s” office looked like the lobby of an old train station. I sat in a large open room with tall glass ceilings. There were two circles of blue and brown plastic chairs (the ones with the three vertical slots in the back from middle school) alternating color in no particular order. The floor was covered in black and white tiles, also not in any particular pattern, that were cracked and chipped throughout the room. A welcome desk sat empty in the back of the room between two tall pillars that ran from floor to ceiling.
Paleo Fried Green Tomato Bites
I’ve had stomach problems my entire life — like constant upset with no explanation other than a dairy allergy and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with no cure.
A 100-Year Cookie Tradition
This post is part of the Vocal Cooks Collaborate series. Click Here for an index of all the recipe posts. The latest recipes are Judey Kalchik's 'Holy Fierce Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Batman!' and Jessica Conaway's 'Cookies Make Everything Better.'
Tom & Margie Go to Wendy's
Margie She sat there staring at the food-encrusted table, and felt her old body against the discomfort of the rickety wooden chair. The decor was disgusting, really. It was a conglomeration of mundane teals and beige that just reminded her of hospitals. The brown-tinted window did nothing to hide the awful interior from the outside world.
A Video Game That Speaks to the "Shady Part of Me"
As a lover of all things eerie and adorable, I was thrilled to discover the game Shady Part of Me on sale in the PlayStation store.
Most families like ours burrow into the ground and stay there forever. Sometimes the older ones will reach up into the sunlight but only if the ground allows it. Our family, on the other hand, is made to live both on the surface and underground. We can also move of our own fruition by the light of the moon.
I have this assignment for my creative writing class to write a short story about chocolate cake, and not only do I hate chocolate cake, but I don’t eat dairy OR gluten, so I can’t even eat it anymore. I also can’t think of chocolate cake without thinking of the scene in Matilda where poor Bruce has to eat all of that cake that the cook made with her blood, sweat, and tears. And for some reason, that chocolate cake looks like the most delicious cake in the entire world to me — blood, sweat, tears, dairy, gluten, and all!