We stood in an open field, Pa and I, with a barley crop waving before us in the light spring breeze. There was silence in the vastness of this wide-open place. “This used to be all condos,” Pa said, as he pointed and moved his arm along the horizon. That’s the first time I first […]

A warm June wind came across the big lake, carrying with it the smoke of a farmer’s field burning on the other side and a large, invisible cloud of uncertainty. The wind ruffled the mother ducks on their nests among the rocks and rattled the leaves of the oaks near the shoreline, then it swept […]

Corruption was a drug and Mario was hooked. He bought the building inspector whisky to ensure his permit was approved. A $100 bill got him out of a speeding ticket. A steady stream of pizza kept the zoning board at bay. He took a selfie on his land the day conservation approved his appeal. In […]

Marisol lived upstairs in the house, with the others. She never wore shoes. When the others weren’t looking, Marisol broke into the parlor and destroyed the tea services, one piece at a time: cups, pots, saucers, sugar bowls. Each time, she plucked a piece out from the china hutch and dropped it, effortlessly, and smiling […]