Alone with Nature

Photo by Krista Strutz “Loretta, where’s Jim?” “Up at the cabin.” “How come you didn’t go with him?” “I didn’t feel like going.” “You mean he didn’t ask you to go.” “I never liked going up there, anyway.  It’s too remote.  I never felt safe.  And there’s not much to do except go for walks …

Vidhya’s Story

As I watch my daughter playing in the back yard, I think of my sister, Indrani. Twenty years ago, we were forced into marriage when we were teenagers.  My husband was twice my age but years later, I was able to divorce him.  Indrani wasn’t so lucky.  She was murdered in an honor killing for …

News About Mishael and Cheryl

Earlier today, I found out that Cheryl and Mishael broke up. I was having lunch with Janine when she told me. "What happened?" I asked. "Mishael broke up with her." "Why?" "He's seeing another woman." "Did he say who it was?" Janine shook her head. "No. All he said was that he met someone and …

Another Year of University

It was the end of the first day of another year of university. It was great to be back. Professor Joe Warren was always happy to be back at Stanford, walking down the corridors and into classrooms, seeing old and new students. He had been at this university for twenty years and he planned to …

Dinner with Laird and Martina

"Aren't you going to get ready?" Mr. Pendlebury asked Antonia. "Laird and his fiancée will be here soon." She was tempted to say that she didn't want to get ready because she didn't want to have dinner with them. However, she couldn't deny that she was curious to meet this woman who had stolen Laird's …

Not So Reserved

He was a really nice man and I liked him a lot but I found him to be too reserved for my taste. My best friend, Shakira teased me and told me that he had a crush on me but I dismissed it, telling her not be ridiculous. I reminded her that he was a …

Old Stomping Ground

It was a Sunday evening and Laird was visiting his childhood home in Oxfordshire. He was there to tell his father about his engagement to Martina. The old man would probably be shocked because he always held the view that his younger son wasn't the marrying kind and that it would take a really special …

A Shameful Secret

And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity - Leviticus 20:17 Looking at us, no one …

Boris Bumps into Sandy

Boris was on his way back to the office from having a business lunch when he bumped into Sandy. "Hello, Boris." "What are you doing here?" "Now is that any way to greet your big sister?" "Look, I'm on my way back to the office. What do you want?" "I guess I could have called …

Gladys Rebukes Derrick

It was around six-fifteen when Amelie and Derrick walked down the flight of stairs from their flat to drive over to the Italian restaurant in Piccadilly square. They were meeting his sister, Gladys for dinner. Her treat. They got there ten minutes before seven and as they waited, Amelie looked at her husband, her expression …

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