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He sits across from me, crossing and uncrossing his legs. When did you last smoke? I asked, casually. Last night, he replied. He did not…

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When my brother and I were young, my brother got his mouth washed out with soap for lying. I don’t remember the lies he told,…

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Word is, up in Lassen County the rains still come. More than ever. It would be a stretch for the both of you to get…

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Joshua rolled out of bed and ran to the toilet to pee. Back in his room, he stepped out of his pajama bottoms as his…

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Getting off the late-night train at Penn Station, I couldn’t believe it. Homeless people were stretched out on every bench. I’d never heard a sound…

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Truth. What is it? As my years slip by, I am less able to answer that question, never more so than in recent years with…

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They lived in what was really a tenement in Hyde Park Chicago. Her father was in graduate school, and she and her older brother and…

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I have the blinds down in my knotty pine room. It faces west. At noon the sun starts to come in and will heat and…

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The air between us smells like oatmeal from those pre-sweetened packets we'd share at work. Work is cinnamon raisin and stale coffee, and I'm there,…

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What was this strange thing doing in my house. I mean I had never ever seen anything like it in my entire life. It was…

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Sparks exist independently, they scatter, disperse from the central hearth, like projectiles, they reach for the stars, their original source, but gravity's pull reminds them…

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My wife and myself have been caring for Flora, my mother-in-law who has had progressive dementia, for nearly 8 years. Today is February 2, the…

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