The Snake Event

The Snake Event

My tensed body on the qui vive, I panicked, shaking my husband’s sleeping form. “Eeeeeek!” I hissed at him. “There’s a snake in the bathroom. He’s essing himself across the bathmat.” My groggy mate raised his head, in a “what now?” configuration. It was midnight, we...
Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

BALLOONS, the Hot Air Kind “Up, up and away, in my beautiful balloon…”  The Fifth Dimension musically wooed us to soar high and wide. Marilyn McCoo’s crooning pulled our hearts into the sky, triggering a yearning to throw off gravity, that force pithily called...
Death In Alamos

Death In Alamos

Death in Alamos.  Yes, like everywhere, some die in car crashes, and sadly some O.D.   But some just choose to run out their days here, finding kindness and solace in gentle hands. And if you’re connected, a bartender will send a margarita to your bedside, something...
Terra Firma?

Terra Firma?

GOOD OLD TERRA FIRMA Oceans are bulging and swamping coastlines. Floods fill cities. Winds are whipping landscapes into flatness. Man is frail, and so are his works. Earthquakes crush what the winds don’t reach. Mankind struggles to help itself, wailing over its...
Bye Fool

Bye Fool

It was my first time to drop a jumper from my plane. To chunky balding Andy, a man with many jumps “under his belt” as they say, I sang out a hopeful “Adios, amigo”’ as he traded a Perfectly Good Airplane for leg-flailing insecurity, hurtling earthward through...