Family man, grandfather, retired soldier and story teller with an edge.
The Little Dreamer
The little dreamer rested with one arm tucked around his Teddy and the other tightly gripping his Blanky, his gentle brow as soothing as a soft kiss upon the cheek. The sun shown brightly in his untroubled dreams, the grass beneath his running feet soft and green, his little dog leaping happily beside him.
"Why do people lie, grandpa?" My eldest grandson looks at me, his earnest face a mixture of curiosity and concern. It's difficult to hold his gaze without my eyes getting a little wet. I owe him the truth, even at the tender age of seven. So many others have lied to him and let him down. I hope this isn't the only place in his life where he hears the truth.
- Top Story - February 2024
It seems an eternity since I last saw Selene shining above me in the night sky. Remembering her pale light often reminded me of dear Mamah with tears in her eyes, her hands tenderly clasping a sprig of laurel. The Laurel in the little glade beyond the village gate always robbed her of joy. Her face wilting in sorrow, she would complain, “Just look what wicked Apollo has done to thee.”
He left before sunrise, his snowshoes beating a plodding rhythm atop the recent powder. Reaching the first trap on his line an hour later, he braced himself on a tree as he brushed the fresh snow away with a pine bough, the frozen bait glistening in the morning light.
The Narrow Escape
Sparkling in the afternoon light, the brittle snow crackled and snapped as I walked through the little wood behind the hunting cabin. Crouching when I reached the edge of a white covered field, I scanned its dimpled surface in hopes that the trail I followed would lead to an opportunity to try out my new rifle.
The Lovely, White Wild
The snow fell in fluffy, white clumps, clinging to my sweats and watch cap as I ran. Departing the gate of the encampment, tanks rumbled past, fellow soldiers waving from their cupula's as I gestured back before turning from the road to a trail entering the surrounding woodland.