May 28, 1977

Rose checked the cake on the rack and found that it was completely cool. Perfect. She arranged her tools on the kitchen table and gathered her dyes and powders and candies. The frosting was the right temperature and consistency. She brought the cake to her work area. The first step was always the icing on … Continue reading May 28, 1977

Status Report

“How are you?” Rick said. “And don’t say ‘surviving’.” Dana looked at her long-time friend’s face, with raised eyebrows, wide eyes, and pursed lips. He cared. She scanned the crowd at Coffee Beans Et Alia. It was a busy day and there were a lot of people to scan. “Dana?” “It’s not easy to talk … Continue reading Status Report

The Principles of Trees

The sun was weak, and a frigid wind blew across a tree branch that was an ulna without ligaments set obliquely across another tree. When the axes came, the trees adjusted their circulation to avoid the checklist of cuts. Alas, a lone survivor was helpless against the guilt of uncut bark and could not forget … Continue reading The Principles of Trees