Bop’s Ducks

My grandfather, Bop, had several ponds behind his house.  As kids, my brother, cousins and I played and fished in the ponds in the summer and ice skated on them in the winter. A variety of wildlife would come and go from the ponds, including deer, beavers and the occasional bear. Continue reading

There’s a turtle in the tub

No one was there when I arrived home from work one summer day but I did find a note on the kitchen table.  It was written on the inside of a torn open Chun King Chicken Chow Mein box that had been taken out of the trash can.  The letter, written in cursive, read:

Dear Jayson,

There’s a turtle in the tub.

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Skunked!

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I awoke to a beautiful summer day made even better by the fact that unlike my husband Steve, I didn’t have to go to work.   I got out of bed and headed downstairs and saw that the kids were already awake and playing a video game in the back room. We lived in an old two-story home and the back room was actually what had been the home’s summer kitchen, once upon a time. Continue reading