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

Writing Contest

This past spring, I was a volunteer judge for the annual short story and poetry competition for the Florida Writers Association (I think volunteers are randomly selected from members; I don't have any English/Journalism degrees and I'm not a club officer or anything; that's the only thing that makes sense). I'm grateful for the new … Continue reading Writing Contest

Minced Words!

The End Note: I was doodling aimlessly in my sketchpad today just for practice and the above sequence happened. It took maybe a hour (maybe) from start to finish --- from pencil doodles, to stupidly laughing at self (because it's probably not all that funny, but I found it hilarious), and then pouncing on my … Continue reading Minced Words!