June 22: Flash Fiction Challenge

June 22: Flash Fiction Challenge

Sixty miles an hour, windows rolled down, paved highway humming to the spin of tires, and I’m daydreaming about prairie flowers. My hand rests on the steering wheel while I follow the truck and trailer in front of me. This must have been the view of pioneer...
May 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

May 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

White clouds scud across the blue skies of Kansas. An ocean of green grass spreads out below and I can imagine how the pioneer wagons with white tarps once mirrored the procession of cumulus clouds. In a modern car the going is smooth, but in a wagon the path was not...
February 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

February 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

In my mind, my Aunt Mary McCanles is as stoic as the women painted in pioneer portraits. Grim smile, bun puled taut, knuckles gnarled from the hard work of homesteading folded passively on her lap as she sits in her rocking chair for the camera. The romantic notion...
A Hygge Kind of Cozy

A Hygge Kind of Cozy

Hygge is Danish cultural phenomenon — that of getting cozy with candles, blankets a drink to warm the belly. The holidays are a natural time to invite moments of hygge because at its heart is getting through seasons like a Danish winter. What other situations...
May 18: Flash Fiction Challenge

May 18: Flash Fiction Challenge

Twirling, twirling, eyes focused upward on the canopy of newborn leaves. Birch, maple and white pine. I can imagine skirts flaring at my ankles as I turn on heeled boots. Swirling, swirling, surrounded by the shadows of stories clinging to white-washed stones that...
May 4: Flash Fiction

May 4: Flash Fiction

Snow-melt seeps from mountain glens spongy with spring moss and early ferns. A multitude of trickles gain momentum and cascade as effervescent waterfalls. Water the color of soft green sea glass slams into black metamorphic outcroppings and tumbles over granite...
March 9: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 9: Flash Fiction Challenge

It’s dark and the dogs have to pee. With one arm wrapped around the porch post, I lean toward the dark lawn to let Grenny reach as far as he can to pee on leash. No way will I let him cavort in the darkness. He’ll bring back a monster I can’t see....
March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge

Mr. P would ask, “Have you read the Iliad?” I’d shake my head no. If I had my way, I’d have stayed lost in the Little Woods or the Prairie. Eventually I found my way fromĀ  Laura Ingalls to the diary of a girl who died among the Donner Party....
January 27: Flash Fiction Challenge

January 27: Flash Fiction Challenge

Rain has come early. Like a great science experiment it transforms snow into white fog and ice into silver slush. A woman driving northbound on State Highway 95 hit a patch of slush and spun her lumbering SUV out of control. When the tires caught the snow bank, the...