Mermaid Purses

Sitting in the cockpit of a small white-and-green sloop, I waited huddled in muted agony beneath a leaden blanket. The sloop was tethered in an improvised way to a busy pier used by working vessels of all sizes and condition; sailors of a fishing boat gliding past shouted their annoyances and insults to persuade me … Continue reading Mermaid Purses

Arbor Dog

In the nursery of a farm and garden supply store, two guys in their twenties browsed the fruit trees. One of the pair stopped and picked up a healthy little banana tree in a black plastic grower's pot. "Another tree?" His friend laughed. "Man, soon you're gonna have a whole grove." The young man with … Continue reading Arbor Dog

New Job

My new job is kicking my butt. It was a rushed hiring process but I now work in the dietary department of the hospital where my brother works. I started this past Monday, November 23rd. The HR reps had assured me that the first week was supposed to five solid days of in-class/at-a-desk, 8am to … Continue reading New Job