Precarious

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook She stood on the cliff.  Several months ago, they found a man’s body below.  It was an apparent suicide.  What drove him to it? Divorce? Losing a loved one? Unemployment? Mental illness? What about her?  Was she thinking of chucking it in too? How could she?  What about her husband …

Cate’s News

After being in the hospital for just over ten days, Cate was more than anxious to leave. She longed to be back in her own flat, sleeping in her own bed and eating more edible food. The first thing she planned to do when she got home was to take a long, hot shower and …

Get Real About How You Feel

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Week in Canada. There is so much stigma attached to mental health that people who are struggling with it suffer in silence because they don't know how others will react. Mental Health affects all of us and we need to have an environment which will offer support and …

Figs

Then Isaiah said, "Take a lump of figs." So they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered – 2 Kings 20:7, NKJV. King Hezekiah had a boil that was serious enough to kill him but he prayed and begged God to let him live and God answered his prayer. God promised that …

The Faces of Mental Illness

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Unknown This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week so I thought it would be appropriate …

Traci’s Past

His heart skipped a beat as he watched Traci coming up the path.  It had been four years since she walked out of the condo penthouse with the unobstructed views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and Olympic and out of his life with no goodbye or explanation.  When he came home to an empty place, …

Her Dream

She picked the cotton, the sweat pouring down her dark, leathery face.  She worked from sunrise to sunset, same as the men.  The overseer saw to that.  Slaves failing to do their tasks were flogged.  Her back was badly mangled from a whipping.  As she worked, she dreamed of the Elysian home she would soon …

The Tragedy of Divorce

If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you're allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind - Shannon L. Adler I thought that when George and I tied the knot twenty years ago, it was for keeps.  Was I naive …

Dinner at Sunset

Noelle was having a private meeting with Barry Forbes in her office when the door opened and Sandra, her secretary walked in.  Noelle glanced up at her, unable to hide her irritation at the disruption but before she could say anything, Sandra spoke. "I'm sorry to interrupt, Noelle, but I have an urgent phone call …

A New Relationship

Paulette walked into Antonio's office to place some files on his desk.  He wasn't there.  It was half-past eight.  He usually got in around eight forty-five.  She went over to the windows and looked out at the bustling city below.  Five years ago, fresh out of university, she had stood there on the sidewalk staring …

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