Issue 18 – The Camping Trip

John sat pensively watching the embers of the campfire die out. The kids had gone for a late night bike ride, and he was alone with his brother and sister and their spouses. The camping trip had been Jared’s idea, an attempt to reconnect Catherine with her family, the way it had been when they…

Issue 17 – The Little Things

Hazel’s knitting needles clacked together rapidly as she and Charlie watched the evening news. But her heart wasn’t in it. She had been feeling just a bit ‘off’ all evening, ever since Charlie had gotten home from the vet. She had been mad and frustrated at first that he would do something so irresponsible, but…

Issue 16 – A Run-In With the Law

Charlie was in a foul mood. He was the most frustrated he had been in a while, almost as much as being stuck in bed after his “episode.” Upon returning from the doctor’s office, Hazel had asked him to turn over his license and car keys, leaving his car relegated to the garage indefinitely. He…

Issue 15 – Doctor’s Orders

Charlie stared at the Norman Rockwell poster hanging in his doctor’s office…the doctor holding his stethoscope to the little girl’s doll where the heart would be, if toys had such things. Charlie always liked that image. It made him smile thinking of when Catherine was that age, with all her dolls that Hazel would have…

Issue 14 – A Difference in Opinion

“Well, Catherine doesn’t think we need to move.” The exasperation he heard in his mother’s voice, frustration no doubt from all the mixed advice she had been receiving over the past month, made John feel awful for her…and a little angry. How dare his sister dismiss everything Mom and Dad had been working on…for their…