A Winter Bog

Molly hadn’t stood under the blue sky in so long she decided it would be a wasted moment to even try to remember the last time. The sky had been blue occasionally over the course of the winter; a peak after sunrise, a wink on her lunch break, but the clouds always rolled in eventually. […]

The Empty House

The house represented nothing more than broken promises to one another. A mortgage that had never been paid off, walls that were never painted, a dripping sink that neither of them could be bothered to fix. She was the last one out and she didn’t even bother to jiggle the handle to get it to […]

The Scar

September 11 is a scar on our collective hearts, and every year we pause to stare at our jagged wound. We remember where we were when it happened: the panic, the sadness, the disbelief. The children looked at the adults for an explanation. The adults looked to the TVs. We watched people fight. We watched […]

When the First Draft is Done

What do you do next? I’ve been working on the first draft of my novel for months. Every morning I’ve woken up and known exactly what I was going to work on. I had an established storyline, a goal, an outline. There was something very clear that I was working towards. And now, it’s done. […]

The Grey Trailblazer

Every day it wasn’t there. She looked at her face every day, usually multiple times a day- then again, she only actually looked at her face once and awhile. Because she knew what was there. She didn’t like to dwell. Well, she thought she knew. She stared harder into the mirror, defying it to be true, […]

ISO: Wonder

In just a couple of days I’ll be leaving on a trip to Italy. “What’s in Italy?” my coworker asked me. “My dreams,” I replied. I’ve been wanting to go to Italy since I was a little girl, watching Rick Steves and other travel shows on PBS. I marveled at the beauty of the place, […]

A Fall Walk

The deep, clean smell of rotting earth  comforts me. With every crunch of leaves under my feet, with every fresh release of chlorophyll breaking down, I’m pulled further back into my childhood. I remember those adventures into the woods, and they flash through my mind like a movie highlight reel. I close my eyes and […]