Zombie children

Squirrel life is not without risk... Chapter 2.2 My phone vibrates in my jacket pocket. It’s a familiar number but I don’t remember whose it is. I don’t answer calls unless I’m certain about them and I hold the phone through three vibrations before answering. “This is Norm.” “Hey, it’s me,” Golding says as if … Continue reading Zombie children

Sideswiped (Zombies)

In the future, it's safest for cats to roam in broad daylight. Yeah, the zombies are coming and Norm is going on a business trip. He doesn't travel well. He doesn't know it yet, but everything seems ominous to him. Love in the Time Before ZombiesChapter 2.1 I’m impatient and intolerant and feel confined in … Continue reading Sideswiped (Zombies)

Love in the Time Before Zombies

Outside the bedroom window, storm clouds turn the sky a steely blue. Norm and Jill are afraid that the world is unraveling and that soon, civilization will collapse. Some people are waiting for the time of the zombies to come, both fearing it and desperately craving it. They want apocalypse, burning cities, every man for … Continue reading Love in the Time Before Zombies

Petrovsky resurfaces

Petrovsky's dog at a highway service stop. P had just gotten up to attend to an urgent matter and I was left for 17 uncomfortable minutes trying to find common ground with this  disinterested animal. Note: for best results, listen to Elmer Bernstein's The Great Escape while reading this document. A letter from my old … Continue reading Petrovsky resurfaces

Playing ping pong with Steve Jobs

It was definitely Steve Jobs. Sure, Steve Jobs has been dead for years, but the person in the body was Jobs. Lean build with casual clothes loosely hanging on him. He sounded like that actor, not Peter Coyote, the other guy, who was in that movie with Russell Crowe and Guy...what’s his name. Pierce Patchett … Continue reading Playing ping pong with Steve Jobs

Note to the piano movers

Thanks so much for coming ahead of the storm. It’s only a category three; I don’t know why they even bother to call it a hurricane. When you first enter the house, be certain to ignore our darling dog, Schatzi, who has a multiple personality disorder. He’s suitably medicated, but, if disturbed will most certainly … Continue reading Note to the piano movers

Carried off by the swift waters

“All right,” I said. “Tell me all about it.” Like I said, I had time and more than anything, I like a good story. Alder Fanspree got up from the bench and turned to face me and his wife. “I had just dug into breakfast, egg and cheese on a toasted roll, when a man … Continue reading Carried off by the swift waters