The Empty Box

  What?! Christmas morning?! Ryan raced to the tree. Mom and dad had left the tree lights on. “Mom and dad!”  Ryan yelled from the living room. He wasn’t going to start without them. Mom and dad appeared in the hallway. “We’re up. Go ahead, Ryan.” Well, it didn’t take long for Ryan to rip…

Nobody Does It Better

    It was almost 5 AM when Carl finished his workout. Carl headed for FoodNation to buy groceries for the day. Once inside, there was no mistaking the smell of freshly baked carbs. Carl smiled. He remembered an old cartoon where an enticing aroma was shown to lift a character off of his feet,…

The Life of the Party

The office of the Director of Behavioral Management Services (BMS), Social Sciences Division, Administration Building No. 1 of 20, Government Dept. of Social Services, Godwin Ave., Washington D.C.: A knock on the door. A voice from inside, “Come in.” “Life Coach Tidd reporting sir.” “How did it go today, Tidd? Have a seat.” “Thank you,…

Six Other Degrees of Separation

  Six blind men live in Metropolis, Illinois. They were born in the eighties and have been blind from birth.    These six men consider the earth to be round. They came to this understanding during their grade school education which included handling of the classroom globe. Their day-to-day experience told them that the world…

Try to Remember

  The bumper sticker in front of Tom read, “Try to remember what you wanted to be.” Tom thought for a moment and then the light changed. He remembered that he didn’t want to be late for his date with Sherry. Pulling up to the next light Tom remembered that he wanted to be a…

Wonders Never Cease

  Nora kept her glasses perched on the end of her nose. She made sure not to miss the annotations of life. And today, the annotation before her read, “Full sun. 77 days to maturity.” The package of tomato seeds went into her cart. Nora didn’t know anything about patio gardening, but she wasn’t about…

The Dream Weaver

  Jack opened the door and rolled his suitcase into his apartment. He put the bird cage down on its shelf by the window. He threw his keys onto the Feng Shui bowl of rocks.  There was no cat to greet him. He didn’t like cats. There was no dog to greet him because he…