The car of the future today

Building of the future, today It's time for a new car. I've driven the old Pinto for nearly 44 years and at long last I'm rid of it. Gladiola and I made the decision a few days ago and last night, in the gloom and heat, I drove it to the Cliffs of Destruction. As … Continue reading The car of the future today

The birthday Box

A made-up story. A mural in the Baltimore neighborhood of Pigtown. On the morning of his 60th birthday, Anvil Atkinson found beneath the newspaper on the doorstep a plain box with his name on it in the ancient language of calligraphy. He picked it up along with the newspaper, glancing at the headline, Eastern Seaboard … Continue reading The birthday Box

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

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

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