Lanky Lenny

  Lanky Lenny!’ - the other kids would parrot after him at school. For Lenny was surely lanky. He was quite small before his teens. Everyone said -’He’ll sprout!’ And that he did - beyond the expectations of his mother, his Aunt Sofie and that complaining neighbour next door. Lenny definitely became lanky.   The [...]

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Careful Living

He picked a paperclip off the floor and placed it precisely on her desk. He also sighed as if she had nearly thrown away the company’s annual profits. With as much restraint as she could muster, she said ‘thank you, Albert! Nearly lost the Crown Jewels there.’ The irony was lost on him as was [...]

Magic Lantern – A time traveller’s tale

  A magic lantern shows London's most eminent scientists a gruesome murder. An hour later, this actual killing takes place a few miles away. Cameron Brock, a time-traveling investigator, is sent back over 150 years to find who caused this time discontinuity. What he discovers could change history as we remember it. Read this exciting [...]

Worth reading & worth writing

It’s been quiet here on the blog for a while, and there’s a reason for that: we’ve been moving. My wife has an amazing new faculty librarian job in Tacoma, Washington, so we’ve been spending the past couple of months transporting our lives and our minds a few hours north from our beloved Portland to […] [...]

Seeing the future?

It all happened because the magic lantern's bulb exploded. Angry at the darkening screen, the father ordered his disappointed children to bed. There would be no pictures from the slide projector tonight. Next day, he walked from his panelled office several blocks to a less prosperous part of town. There he mounted the bare stairs [...]

Deck Chair

The woman sat on the deck chair looking out to sea imagining a far-off ship going to the tropics. There it would find the warmth she had never experienced. She enjoyed a good life in a material sense at least. In personal relationships, she had been less fortunate. And so, she could buy a gift for [...]

The Moon Followed Me

Great short story – does it bring back memories?

𝓡. 𝓐. 𝓓𝓸𝓾𝓰𝓵𝓪𝓼

When I was a little girl, my grandpa used to take me on long walks every night after dinner. On these long walks, he’d carry me on his shoulders so that I could get a three-year-old’ version of an aerial view of what I thought was the whole city. Every so often during the month, the moon would be out with us on our walks. I remember my young mind perplexed by the fact that no matter how far we walked the moon was always at the same place right above us.

“Why isn’t the moon behind us?” I’d ask. “Is it trying to beat us somewhere?”

“The moon is not racing against us,” he’d respond. “The moon is following you. The moon knows you’re the most beautiful princess in the whole world, and it can’t stop staring at you. So it follows you everywhere you go.”

I remembered, every…

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Hardwick Pair

  Together the surveyed Hardwick’s glassy lake. Reflected in it, was their constellation far up in the starry sky. They had seen it often and as a couple, they would gaze at it again. For they together had weathered their own storms and days of darkness. And so, as one, they were forever bound. But [...]