Family Get Together

Another family get together.  She was tired of them and of being asked, “Still single?”and  “What are you waiting for?”  And how many times could she listen to her Uncle Ben tell the same corny jokes or her cousin, Belinda rant about how Weight Watchers was exploiting women? As soon as dinner was over, she…

My Firstborn/Yearning #writephoto

As I watch the tide ebb and flow, I think of you.  I wonder where you and what you look like.  I wonder if you resemble me or if you’re a splitting image of your father.  He and I were both sixteen when you came along.  I wanted to keep you but I couldn’t.  My…

Samuel’s Rite of Passage

It was a big day for Samuel. He was thirteen and today was his Bar Mitzvah.  He was excited and nervous. During the Shabbat service, he read aloud a section of the Prophets in Hebrew and wore the tefillin for the first time.  His entire family was there, including relatives from America.  The Rabbi addressed…

The Homecoming

“So, the prodigal son is coming home.” Mitch said to his friend, Roy as they waited at the train station for Roy’s youngest son, Keith to arrive.  The entire community was abuzz with excitement and the house was in an uproar as relatives, friends and neighbors pitched to help his wife decorate the house and…

Phil’s Broken Promise

  He sat in his car in the underground parking lot of the building where his family and he lived.  Despair filled him.  Roberta and he had planned to take the kids to England this year to spend Christmas with her parents.  If only, he hadn’t let Lance talk him into going to the casino…

Thankful/Untrodden #writephoto

It was like winter wonderland.  It felt good to be home again.  It was December 1946, a little over a year since the war ended.  He didn’t think he would make it but he did. He looked around him, at the snow covered landscape.  Never again would he take this place for granted.  He touched…

The Convent/Shadows #writephoto

I studied the black and white photo of the convent where the nuns had hidden several Jewish families at risk of their own lives.   I was little boy at the time.  I didn’t fully understand what was going on but I knew that I had to stay hidden for most of the time.  I couldn’t…

Pierce/Calm #writephoto

Erin walked across perfectly kept grounds, heading for the stream where she always went when she needed to cool off.  Her hands were shoved deep in the pockets of her jacket, her face flushed with anger as well as the brisk Spring air and her thick mass of blonde curls tumbled down her back. “I…

Signora Ricci

Lorenzo spent most of his time on the river.  He was a river taxi driver and a tour guide.  He loved being outdoors.  A nine to five office job didn’t appeal to him.  Besides, he got to meet lots of interesting people.  One in particular was Signora Ricci, an elderly lady accompanied by her nurse. …

Simply, Julia

I sat there, listening to Professor Whitmore give an in depth and rather rousing presentation on Africa’s poaching crisis.  Being an animal lover, I was appalled to hear the ghastly reasons why rhinos, gorillas, elephants and other animals were killed.  They are slaughtered for a single body part such as tusks, pelt or tbones which…