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A Birthday Trek

NOTE: I have been busy editing my book, Island Times Three, and have fallen behind in my posting schedule. Another one of my birthdays occurred last week, and to “celebrate” I told my family I wanted to visit a bookstore.  More precisely, a used books bookstore. Candidates included shops in Ann Arbor, Novi and Brighton.    Continue reading “A Birthday Trek”

Lisa Morningstar and…

     When the doorbell rang just after eleven the next morning, Lisa expected it to be Glen. But when she yanked open the door, a short, gray-haired woman occupied the porch. And she didn’t seem happy to be there.     “Can I help you?” Lisa asked through the screen door.     “I’m Debbie Krapps,” the woman answered.    Continue reading “Lisa Morningstar and…”

Lisa Morningstar and..

     “She’s so cute!” Vicki gushed, causing several heads to turn in their direction at the Razzle Dazzle, Lisa’s favorite café. She and Glen would walk downtown every Saturday afternoon to visit restaurants with outdoor seating. That is, until he decided to spend more time at the office to guarantee his “promotion.”     “Hah!” Lisa thought.Continue reading “Lisa Morningstar and..”

Another Garden Update

We interrupt this short story series for another garden update! Next up: the versatile carrot! And what’s up next for my garden? Why these lovely things!

Lisa Morningstar and…

     In the four years Lisa lived in the house, this was the first time she was thankful her father had built a fence around the backyard. Twenty years ago he bought the property for $59,000, right before housing prices skyrocketed in the area. Within two years its value jumped to $120,000, and it wasContinue reading “Lisa Morningstar and…”

Lisa Morningstar and…

     “I’ve been trying to train her,” he told her. “But I think Sharon makes her nervous.”     Lisa watched while Phoebe dug up a cluster of purple asters she had just planted in the ground next to the porch. She had remembered reading somewhere that dogs pick up on their owner’s moods. Could Phoebe beContinue reading “Lisa Morningstar and…”

Lisa Morningstar and…

     Her afternoon meeting with Frank went well, and she was pleased when he complimented her on a job well done, particularly in the Jackson office. She was alarmed, though, when as she started to leave he asked her out to dinner Saturday night to talk about the week’s problems–his week’s problems.     “I can’t. I’m…busy,”Continue reading “Lisa Morningstar and…”

Lisa Morningstar and…

How to Deal made it to the short story finals in the 2017 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. Because of its length, I will be posting it in “parts.” LISA MORNINGSTAR angrily pushed the power button on her car radio, creating a deafening silence she wasn’t sure she liked. She tucked herContinue reading “Lisa Morningstar and…”

A Garden Update

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero © kathleenjae.com. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of these images or material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. 

The Intangible Foe

     They met on a Friday night in August. Katie had been hesitant to take part in this particular social group because history had proven to her that such gatherings consisted mostly of cliques—small clusters of young adults who had been attending the groups for years. No structure, no methodology was in place to introduceContinue reading “The Intangible Foe”

My Dream Library

     It is a mere 11-1/2 x 13—150 square feet with one double-hung window and one small closet. Some people think it is nothing more than a room with some books.     Far from it—for it is my library.     I have no idea how many books are in this small room, since I have been addingContinue reading “My Dream Library”

O Birds of Peace-A Poem

O birds of peace, so aptly named,Your choice to dwell sublime.Among the million bells proclaim,A place to bide your time. A single kin, so fine and frail,Your gift to all the world.So harsh, but yet you will prevail!The plume of young unfurls. The turns you take, the to and fro,Relief each one affords.The steady bond you eachContinue reading “O Birds of Peace-A Poem”

Practical Memories: One Teacher’s Attempt at Cultivating Potential

  This post is a continuation of “A Herbal Beginning.”     The years I spent in high school were a lowlight for me–all four years. Every day was a struggle, largely due to the machinations of a series of nefarious women who would—absurdly—assume the “stepmother” moniker and who were adept in their ability to atContinue reading “Practical Memories: One Teacher’s Attempt at Cultivating Potential”

A Herbal Beginning

A Herbal Beginning

     My family and I have moved six times during the past nine years, and after each one, as soon as we were settled and the weather permitted, I would seek out the local nurseries and purchase several herb plants. Basil, parsley, sage, thyme and oregano were must-haves, of course. But I delighted in discoveringContinue reading “A Herbal Beginning”

Part 5: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)

     I opened the cooler.     “Since we did not play the game, and you were willing to listen to what I had to say, I think each of you should get the treat asked for.”     Gerard smiled…really smiled…for the first time. “Sounds fair!”     I pulled out the first container and opened it. “Percy, your choiceContinue reading “Part 5: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)”

Part 4: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)

     “E…lim…i,” Adele started, frowning.     “Kill, missy!” Gerard growled. “They’ve tried it before! And here we are!”     “Hah! One threw rocks at me one time,” Percy offered. “Obviously missed.”     I sighed. Adele was visibly frightened, but Betts…she was unusually quiet.     “It’s a collective effort, this time,” I explained. “This means every two-legger in every houseContinue reading “Part 4: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)”

Part 3: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)

     “Hey, Betts, do you have a good story to tell?” Adele asked.     Betts frowned. “I stay away from the two-legged creatures,” she said seriously. “I keep to the creek. Lots of pinchers, swimmers and meanderers.”      Percy and Gerard were talking at once now, each trying to outdo the other while detailing their escapadesContinue reading “Part 3: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)”

Part 2: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)

     Gerard arrived first, and a brief glance told me his attitude seemed to have worsened. Then he opened his mouth, and my suspicions were confirmed.     “Where is everybody? Look, a whole bunch of eggs are waiting for me! Gotta beat the two-leggers!”      He looked at me warily. “You brought the goods?”     For myContinue reading “Part 2: Twenty Questions: Gardening (or so I thought)”

What’s an Internet?

  Here I have reprinted the third chapter from my book:  From Prompting to Shaping to Letting Go: My Love Affair With ABA and How Being a “Bad Mom” Helped My Daughter With Autism Succeed.” Chapter 3: What’s an Internet?      My husband and I were at a restaurant on the island with aContinue reading “What’s an Internet?”

Spirit of the Elder

  While I was watching an Elvis Presley movie last night, I suddenly remembered that I had written a play years ago called Spirit of the Elder and that Mr. Presley was one of the characters in the first scene. I had to search for it on my laptop and finally found it archived inContinue reading “Spirit of the Elder”

Ode to The Fairy Clock

Ragged leaves, like lion’s fangs, Yellow tops that shout. My life so brief, from dirt I sprang, To color all about. I’m fruitful now! Thanks bumblebee! My strength today rebounds. The waiting starts, no wings for me! White comely hair astounds. The wind is strong, is this the day? My bristles on standby. They leaveContinue reading “Ode to The Fairy Clock”

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