Issue 2.31 – The Haves and Have-Nots

Hazel was sitting in the front lobby watching the daycare children hang their construction paper jack-o-lantern decorations on the walls of the entrance area. The children took such pride in decorating for various holidays, smiling with great big grins as residents would stop and comment on what a good job they had done on their…

Issue 2.30 – Budget Review

Debra rested her head in her left hand as she scoured through the budget sheets she had carefully organized across her desk. It had been over a week since she had left at a decent hour. She would be missing the kids’ hockey game again tonight, but she knew she needed to figure things out….

Issue 2.29 – Rumours and Cutbacks

“What is this? Chicken month?” Charlie let out a long sigh as he stared at the information monitor by the elevator. “There are some weeks here where we are eating chicken almost every day! Look at them sneaking it into soups and salads even. We have one night where they’re serving prime rib! They’re cheaping…

Issue 2.28 – Municipal Elections

“Can you hand me that card on the credenza, Charlie? It has the recipe for pumpkin soup in it that I’m bringing over to Catherine’s for Thanksgiving.” Charlie had just come in from downstairs and hadn’t even taken his shoes off yet, but Hazel was in a fluster trying to prepare for the weekend. “Yes…

Issue 2.27 – Pop Cans and Empty Bottles

“You’re shooting a lot better these days Fred! Guess that surgery you had last month really improved your game. You almost beat me this time.” Charlie had no shame in joking around with his friend, who was highly competitive and could take a good ribbing. Fred could also dish it back. “You just wait until…