I’m not sure about how I feel about the holidays this year. Thanksgiving has never been that big for me, but it is a lovely time to spend with family and have dysfunctional moments with my teenagers. And I’ll have … Continue reading
I’ve been sharing ornaments over on Facebook, and several of my BVC cohorts have volunteered special ornaments or decorations from their own homes. (They also understood that if they didn’t cough up a story, I would write a story about the decoration involving the Flying Spaghetti Monster, squids, and probably Cthulhu. Vonda N. McIntyre said “That I would like to read.”)Continue reading
Three Dogs, a Horse, and a Cat Five tales of animals and love by Jill Zeller A dog brings harmony to a choral group. A horse kick-starts a young man’s life. And peace comes to a broken love affair through … Continue reading
There was another report this week about the rise in the traditional British holiday. Part of this is down to economics – ever since the financial melt down of 2008 people have had less money to spend on overseas holidays … Continue reading
by Sherwood Smith My grandmother died a couple months ago, just short of her 97th birthday, as a result of a fall, or she’d still be going strong. I thought I’d share a few memories that she shared with me; … Continue reading
This week Southern California has experienced that rarity—rain several days running. My dogs hate it, so I (along with most of the neighbors in this condo complex) have been out walking between bands of rain. There’s a place where two … Continue reading
The winter holiday season seems to be an engraved invitation to depression and desperation, all under the guise of jollity, and we writers are far from immune.
A calendar in the sacristy of St. Raphael’s has an Episcopalian-flavored cartoon for each month. In the first panel of April’s cartoon, a priest is shown with arms outspread, saying “Christ is alive!” The second panel shows him sprawled on … Continue reading