Rewrite: If I Could Have Three Wishes

August 27th, 2020 by

This is a rewrite of a short story I wrote thirty years ago. If I got to have three wishes, I wouldn’t wish for rubies, diamonds, or lots of money. My first wish to have a photo taken with right fielder Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets. What about the remaining wishes? Let me […]

Nighttime Break in & Sly’s Cat Game in a Girl’s Bedroom

August 20th, 2020 by

I walk down a sidewalk past many stores not far from my home. The air feels cool against me as it blows gently in a breeze. Clearing the stores I come to a reservation I have been to a thousand times. The surroundings all around me are spectacular as I walk through a cleared path […]

Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 17

August 2nd, 2021 by

Carla is in the breakroom at St. Joe’s cafeteria chewing a bite of an egg salad sandwich she has in one hand. With her other hand, she writes a report on Mel, Mr. Henderson’s friend. He brought him in just after midnight fearing, the worst. It turns out Mr. Henderson was right. Mel took a […]

Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 16

July 25th, 2021 by

Tyler wakes in his bed, sits up, and stretches his upper body toward the ceiling, clasping his hands together above his head. He then relaxes, pulls off the bed covers, moves his uncast left leg around to the side of the bed to dangle down before taking his cast leg in both hands to lift […]

Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 15

July 23rd, 2021 by

The counselor puts down his pad and pen on his lap. He then leans forward with his elbows on his knees, and his hands come together against his chin for a few seconds getting his thoughts together before he removes them. The counselor then sits up in his chair and speaks to Scott. “You say...

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 14

July 11th, 2021 by

Scott’s oversized corduroy shirt and the t-shirt he wears underneath it are dark with sweat stains under his arms and on his chest. His forehead has beads of sweat that he keeps wiping off with a damp washcloth before squeezing it into the garbage can beside the chair he sits on. Next, he dips the...

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 13

July 4th, 2021 by

The following afternoon. “For a guy who is supposed to be weak, you’re sure crushing me in this hug Scott,” Tyler barely eeks out.   “Sorry,” says Scott loosening his grip on his brother. Inside he is not sorry for hugging his brother so tightly. Years ago, Tyler came to the hospital on crutches to ream...

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 12

June 27th, 2021 by

While Scott lies still and unresponsive except for his chest rising and falling and his eyes moving under his closed eyes, he can hear his brother speaking to him. The joy he feels at hearing Tyler outweighs the annoyance at being lectured. Scott wishes he could wake up and surprise his brother with a hug,...

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 11 – Last Chance

June 21st, 2021 by

Tyler holds his brother Scott’s lower arm in his large hand. And with his free hand, he wipes away tears from his cheeks as he moves the chair he sits on with his legs closer to Scott’s hospital bed. “Darn it, Scott! You sure knew how to time your arrival at my dorm building. Not...

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Revised: Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 11

June 13th, 2021 by

Over ten years after Scott went to Ocean City, New Jersey. An older man with a thick-set body, piercing blue eyes, and wavy gray hair sits in a chair next to a hospital bed where his son lies in a coma.   “An hour ago, I saw Molly graduate from eighth grade. I thought it silly...

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 10

June 6th, 2021 by

Scott has the straps of his book bag in his right hand, lifts the bag, and loops it over his arm and onto his shoulder and part of his back. He then walks way out of the ER to the sliding doors leading to the parking lot. Once through the doors, he will wind his...

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 9

May 30th, 2021 by

Nearby Carla and Jessica’s last patient lies back on the gurney, looking up at the dotted panels. He turns his head at the sound of hurried footsteps and thumps to see his older brother Tyler making his way toward him on crutches with his friend Andy. The stern look tells him he is in for...

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