Karma

Jason plopped onto the bus seat with a sigh, reached into his pocket and examined the heavy silver pen he'd found on the floor at closing time. Each evening he took a careful look around the tables and the reading areas. It was remarkable what the students left behind. People are so careless, he thought, and…

VSO

While living on the west coast, I struck something from my bucket list. I had always wanted to attend the symphony and the VSO is an orchestra of Canadian renown. I bought a package of tickets to three performances and looked forward to what I had been told by one friend would be an exhilarating evening…

To Whom It May Concern

Dear PC, As you know, I committed the other week to posting something each day. This was to be an exercise in discipline. I was having no trouble coming up with ideas but just as soon as I opened my mouth to tell the world that writer's block is hokum, “I just sit down and…

Rubicon

I'm moving out.” The boy said quietly, looking at no one in particular. The dinner table was usually a quiet place. His parents were as often as not engaged in silent combat and the kids would rush to finish eating and then get busy with the dishes before the storm broke. Now, almost everything stopped.…

The Ornament

I stepped into the living room to see my five year old grandson standing before the end table, hands clasped behind his back. He was examining, from a safe distance, a forbidding looking 6 inch pewter dragon. “Do you know what that is? I asked him. It was Jackie's first time in my house. I…

Now What?

The fire's broken through the roof but it looks as if they're getting it under control. Too bad, I hate this house. The roof leaks and the plumbing needs repair. I can't afford to fix it what with two mortgages and my business going under. I wish it had burnt to the ground. At least there would…

Trout

While we were posted to Marville, France by the RCAF, my father introduced our family to camping. It was an exotic adventure to sleep for the first time under canvas, walk to the communal wash house each morning and to cook our meals outdoors. Over the years, camping would become the norm at vacation time, especially…

Points of View

Scene: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry... ------ John: “That lady made me think of Mom,” I tell Carla, “she was always knitting something for one…

In Transit

Mornings and evenings in a subway station are not the same. People are in a hurry at either time but in the evening they're heading home looking forward to relaxing after a long day or thinking about getting ready to go out for the evening. This morning, as on any weekday morning, the station bustles. There's an…

Give and Take

“Remember this?” Becky broke the silence, holding up a photo. She had been sitting on the end of the couch, a box from the closet on her lap. I nodded, “Hubert's cottage. We rented it for the summer. Your mother and her friend Doris came along.” “Lois, not Doris,” she said. “Right, they stayed a…