Owl 1 Daniel.jpg

Jake and Elena have lived together for fifty years and apart for forty of those years. They are each stuck in what they know, and even more stuck in what they know about one another.  Now, at seventy and running out of time, both start to wonder about the other.  And learn something that shocks each of them, and one another.

Image by Daniel AP from Pexels.com

big moon 3.JPG

Bridge Freezes Before Road Surface

Bruce Collins is a roofing contractor. It is the middle of the 2007-2008 Great Recession, and Bruce is between a rock and a hard place.  He has to pay child support, his mortgage and make his truck payment.  There is almost no work.  He is back to working on roofs himself.  Then his left shoulder starts to hurt…

home sweet home 1_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Home Sweet Home 

Glenn Shandy is a firefighter and an EMT. He is done, just done, with the chaos of life in these times, and he is armed and ready to defend America.  Then his brother Jack, who served in Iraq and in Afghanistan (and who we know from The Death Spiral) asks him to put up two Afghani refugees.  Things blow up, quite literally.  And people change, despite themselves.

Get this image on: iStock | License details

Creator: bortonia | Credit: Getty Images

Copyright: Jennifer Borton

Gulf 5_edited.png

The Gulf of Aqaba

A terrible tragedy happens to a family of Americans vacationing in Israel.  Their family in the US tries to deal with it.  The differences between people in that family make the pain worse and drives them further apart.  Until they come together again, briefly, by accident.  Until they each learn something about one another and themselves.

Image by worldatlas.com found here https://www.worldatlas.com/gulfs/gulf-of-suez.html

Hospital 1.jpeg

Somehow

A woman develops abdominal pain, which worsens as she begins to fade from life, sensing that she has outlived her usefulness.  Then something happens that changes her perspective on herself and her world, and changes the perspective of everyone around her.

Image from VCU Libraries at https://flickr.com/photos/26324140@N02/4269771776

Train 1.jpeg

Big

A man takes a train across the country to see his son run in the Olympic trials.  He sees and feels the size of things.  And on that trip finds out what is really big.

Image by Vincent Lock at https://www.flickr.com/photos/27630470@N03/5107574751

Horse_stables_18.jpg

The Stable

A loner walks into a Kenite camp in the Great Rift Valley desert just east of the Red Sea about 1400 BCE, and reluctantly tells a fantastic story. He seems like
someone who imagines things, but also like he is a man on a mission. We recognize him, of course, but to the people in the camp he was just one more
woebegone stranger, at least at first.

Image by Anupamg at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horse_stables_18.JPG
 

old-farmhouse-1-1455975 (1).jpg

April

Sammy Li, who you met briefly in The White Donkey, returns to the house he abandoned ten years before and finds a squatter living there, a squatter who is Sammy’s worse nightmare, who reminds Sammy of everything he has been trying to forget.

Photo by Katia Grimmer-Laversanne from https://freeimages.com

Screen Shot 2021-04-28 at 5.19.24 PM.png

Mothers' Days

Gloria Seal has three children and a mother who doesn’t like her very much.  Her mother, her brothers and lots of other people think Gloria is just dull.  But Gloria, who loves her kids, particularly her baby daughter Impanema, doesn’t let that bother her.  She just keeps on working to hold her family together. Tragedy strikes.  How can she understand it?  How can she make sense of herself, her home, her mother, her love for her mother, her children and her life?
 

20110405_Ochs_manondonkey_edited_edited.

The White Donkey

Diane Li, a woman who left her husband, hears that her sister-in-law Jennifer is critically ill.  She’s too embarrassed to call or visit because she feels the shame of the family’s judgement and because she feels that she has let everyone down. But Diane’s life and her own choices aren’t working out either, so she returns home to redeem what she can of the relationships that matter. And finds her way to a redemption of a different sort.
 

Copy of 3220db942c371a4fc5a5df327a332f70

The Man With No Nose

A man with no nose drives into town and slowly, insidiously, takes over.  There is no resistance.  There is barely any notice.  The town goes into lock-down and things get worse and worse, as the people in the town watch, only a little curious
 

hasidic-jews-v2.jpg

The Kaddisher

Howard Levitan was his father’s Kaddisher, the son who was supposed to say Kaddish for his father and keep his father’s memory alive. And Howard’s father was Howard’s grandfather’s Kaddisher.  But who would become Howard’s grandfather’s Kaddisher, once Howard’s father died?
 

Forest_at_Dusk.jpg

The Social Determinants of Health

Humans are born free but everywhere are in chains. Social conditions influence us. Our strength and our choices, our love and our determination, matter more. Love matters. And perhaps it is even stronger than death after all.
 

rt6_edited_edited.jpg

Isaiah on Route 6

A prophet walks down Route 6 in Scituate and Johnston, Rhode Island dressed in sack-cloth and ashes.  Can anyone even see her?  How do the biases we hold about one another keep us from seeing one another and ourselves?  Is the gulf that separates us unbridgeable?  Must it always end in tragedy?
 

tingey-injury-law-firm-yCdPU73kGSc-unspl

The Blind Emperor

Abe Klein is the Blind Emperor, a man who lives mostly in his own head.  His life has not turned out the way he thought it would.  Then one day a beautiful young woman with pink and blue hair and many piercings walks into his shop, and Abe’s life changes.

pexels-mat-reding-4394186.jpg

The Four Fingered Horse

A man has horses and feeds them.  He dreams about them.  They provide the order and purpose in his life.  Then other men come and remove his ability to care for his horses.  What will he do?  Where will he go?

61tLSsfl4LL.jpg

COVID-19 and The Supreme Court: Coronavirus, Chaos and Democracy

This story is about the abject failure to control and contain Coronavirus in the US.  Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh reminded us, at his confirmation hearing, that “boys and girls like beer.”  Our failure to control Coronavirus came about because we have allowed democracy to wither, because we expect nothing more from one another than “liking beer.”

nero.jpg

Nero

A Liberian internet entrepreneur from North Providence, Rhode Island falls in love, sort of, with a Honduran doctor he meets when she comes to clean his mother’s house.

pexels-specna-arms-889709.jpg

When Rae-Anne came home from work dog-tired and weak from hunger, Marcus was snoring on the couch in the living room with his feet on the coffee table just like always. Marcus was a big man, and dark. Two-hundred and fifty pounds if he was an ounce. He wanted what he wanted and took it: he knew how to throw his weight around. Not that Rae-Anne was any kind of wilting flower herself. She was bigger than Marcus if you was counting pounds. She was big in the middle -- she wasn’t even five-foot-four. Good things come in short packages.

Image by Sencha from Pexels

pexels-james-wheeler-1598075.jpg

When the news of the Omicron variant spread around the globe, Shulamit Jablowski told her lover Ahmed to stay in France. Ahmed was from Côte d'Ivoire.  Shulamit lived in Providence, Rhode Island, in a second story walk-up on Broadway near Parade Street and was in a new relationship with a woman she’d met on Facebook, a woman she wasn’t sure was even real.  But she didn’t want to break Ahmed’s heart again. 

Image by James Wheeler from Pexels

Bear 2.jpg

Cathi Westrick-Abrams was a kind and tolerant person, and she had done the work, she thought, until she saw the bear scat in the woods.  And then….well, read the story and you’ll see for yourself.

Owl 1 Daniel.jpg

Jake and Elena have lived together for fifty years and apart for forty of those years. They are each stuck in what they know, and even more stuck in what they know about one another.  Now, at seventy and running out of time, both start to wonder about the other.  And learn something that shocks each of them, and one another.

Image by Daniel AP from Pexels.com

big moon 3.JPG

Bridge Freezes Before Road Surface

Bruce Collins is a roofing contractor. It is the middle of the 2007-2008 Great Recession, and Bruce is between a rock and a hard place.  He has to pay child support, his mortgage and make his truck payment.  There is almost no work.  He is back to working on roofs himself.  Then his left shoulder starts to hurt…

home sweet home 1_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Home Sweet Home 

Glenn Shandy is a firefighter and an EMT. He is done, just done, with the chaos of life in these times, and he is armed and ready to defend America.  Then his brother Jack, who served in Iraq and in Afghanistan (and who we know from The Death Spiral) asks him to put up two Afghani refugees.  Things blow up, quite literally.  And people change, despite themselves.

Get this image on: iStock | License details

Creator: bortonia | Credit: Getty Images

Copyright: Jennifer Borton

Gulf 5_edited.png

The Gulf of Aqaba

A terrible tragedy happens to a family of Americans vacationing in Israel.  Their family in the US tries to deal with it.  The differences between people in that family make the pain worse and drives them further apart.  Until they come together again, briefly, by accident.  Until they each learn something about one another and themselves.

Image by worldatlas.com found here https://www.worldatlas.com/gulfs/gulf-of-suez.html

Hospital 1.jpeg

Somehow

A woman develops abdominal pain, which worsens as she begins to fade from life, sensing that she has outlived her usefulness.  Then something happens that changes her perspective on herself and her world, and changes the perspective of everyone around her.

Image from VCU Libraries at https://flickr.com/photos/26324140@N02/4269771776

Train 1.jpeg

Big

A man takes a train across the country to see his son run in the Olympic trials.  He sees and feels the size of things.  And on that trip finds out what is really big.

Image by Vincent Lock at https://www.flickr.com/photos/27630470@N03/5107574751

Horse_stables_18.jpg

The Stable

A loner walks into a Kenite camp in the Great Rift Valley desert just east of the Red Sea about 1400 BCE, and reluctantly tells a fantastic story. He seems like
someone who imagines things, but also like he is a man on a mission. We recognize him, of course, but to the people in the camp he was just one more
woebegone stranger, at least at first.

Image by Anupamg at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horse_stables_18.JPG
 

old-farmhouse-1-1455975 (1).jpg

April

Sammy Li, who you met briefly in The White Donkey, returns to the house he abandoned ten years before and finds a squatter living there, a squatter who is Sammy’s worse nightmare, who reminds Sammy of everything he has been trying to forget.

Photo by Katia Grimmer-Laversanne from https://freeimages.com

Screen Shot 2021-04-28 at 5.19.24 PM.png

Mothers' Days

Gloria Seal has three children and a mother who doesn’t like her very much. Her mother, her brothers and lots of other people think Gloria is just dull. But Gloria, who loves her kids, particularly her baby daughter Impanema, doesn’t let that bother her. She just keeps on working to hold her family together. Tragedy strikes.  How can she understand it?  How can she make sense of herself, her home, her mother, her love for her mother, her children and her life?
 

20110405_Ochs_manondonkey_edited_edited.

The White Donkey

Diane Li, a woman who left her husband, hears that her sister-in-law Jennifer is critically ill.  She’s too embarrassed to call or visit because she feels the shame of the family’s judgement and because she feels that she has let everyone down. But Diane’s life and her own choices aren’t working out either, so she returns home to redeem what she can of the relationships that matter. And finds her way to a redemption of a different sort.
 

Copy of 3220db942c371a4fc5a5df327a332f70

The Man With No Nose

A man with no nose drives into town and slowly, insidiously, takes over.  There is no resistance.  There is barely any notice.  The town goes into lock-down and things get worse and worse, as the people in the town watch, only a little curious
 

hasidic-jews-v2.jpg

The Kaddisher

Howard Levitan was his father’s Kaddisher, the son who was supposed to say Kaddish for his father and keep his father’s memory alive. And Howard’s father was Howard’s grandfather’s Kaddisher.  But who would become Howard’s grandfather’s Kaddisher, once Howard’s father died?
 

Forest_at_Dusk.jpg

The Social Determinants of Health

Humans are born free but everywhere are in chains. Social conditions influence us. Our strength and our choices, our love and our determination, matter more. Love matters. And perhaps it is even stronger than death after all.
 

rt6_edited_edited.jpg

Isaiah on Route 6

A prophet walks down Route 6 in Scituate and Johnston, Rhode Island dressed in sack-cloth and ashes.  Can anyone even see her?  How do the biases we hold about one another keep us from seeing one another and ourselves?  Is the gulf that separates us unbridgeable?  Must it always end in tragedy?
 

tingey-injury-law-firm-yCdPU73kGSc-unspl

The Blind Emperor

Abe Klein is the Blind Emperor, a man who lives mostly in his own head.  His life has not turned out the way he thought it would.  Then one day a beautiful young woman with pink and blue hair and many piercings walks into his shop, and Abe’s life changes.

pexels-mat-reding-4394186.jpg

The Four Fingered Horse

A man has horses and feeds them.  He dreams about them.  They provide the order and purpose in his life.  Then other men come and remove his ability to care for his horses.  What will he do?  Where will he go?

61tLSsfl4LL.jpg

COVID-19 and The Supreme Court: Coronavirus, Chaos and Democracy

This story is about the abject failure to control and contain Coronavirus in the US.  Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh reminded us, at his confirmation hearing, that “boys and girls like beer.”  Our failure to control Coronavirus came about because we have allowed democracy to wither, because we expect nothing more from one another than “liking beer.”

nero.jpg

Nero

A Liberian internet entrepreneur from North Providence, Rhode Island falls in love, sort of, with a Honduran doctor he meets when she comes to clean his mother’s house.