Family and Other Strangers: Short Fiction and Poetry
These twenty short stories and ten poems cover many situations and environments:
"The Star Ruby." Precocious and nasty with reason, a young girl covets her grandma's ring.
"The General's Darlings." A resourceful soldier starts a chorus and is amazed to discover it's become important to him.
"High Ground." A boy rides from Chicago to Indiana to bring back Thanksgiving poultry with his brother-in-law and an African-American.
"Uncommon Versatility." An artist of many styles who looks like Sasquatch.
"Julie's Retirement." He retires and settles things after being feted by strangers.
"His Secret Place." Seeking enlightenment in all the wrong places.
"Skin Deep." She uniquely escapes abuse.
"Family Traditions." A woman attends a reunion amid painful memories.
"Reflections." Retribution and horror in an American town.
"Shirley's Story." A lascivious man learns to curb his appetite.
"A Two-Christmas Story." Will love conquer despair and stubborn ethical positions?
"Lost and Found." What happens when a pet alligator is left in a taxicab?
"Theodora's Mirage." A Death Valley trip and a new driver's terror in a bitter battle of wits.
"Like Clockwork." A wealthy middle-aged woman marries an avaricious young man.
"Genevieve's Maturity." Parents help their daughter choose to control over her own destiny.
"Anna Are You Mine at Last?" He lost Anna to another, but can he win her back?
"Ben and the Dragon." A clever young man perpetuates a fairy tale.
"Missing Ariel." First the son, now the wife is missing, but will they find her before evil does?
"The Sports Car Rally." He's unprepared for the surreal feeling of turning over in an open car, and its aftermath.
"When Half-Spent Was the Night." A man learns his effect on peace after years of regret.
The poetry, too, captures different moods.
"Final Garden." A gardener's lament after starting from scratch too many times.
"Conversation With My Cat." Admiration for a friend, and a curious desire.
"Old Lion by the Riverbank." How he copes once past his prime.
"Overlooked Crop." A serendipitous find.
"Last Visitor." A mystic vision of a desirable end to things.
"Old Songs" (SETI at Home). The wonder of celestial eavesdropping.
"Solo Walk." Missing a lover who has gone.
"Sanctuary." Rejoicing at home after braving the elements.
"Revolution." About adoration and love.
"Loss of the First Mate." About a loved one who has passed away.