"The Sustained Comedy (Portrait of an Object)" by Marsden Hartley

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

If Arnie Philbert asked his father about his mother Mr. Philbert would always get out the boy’s birth certificate that proved her name had been named Eleanor Philbert and she had died on the same day Arnie had been born. Then Mr. Philbert would repeat how when the nurse had put the bundle in his arms…

COLD CASE

During the first week that Sam followed Stella he, quite naturally, fell in love with her.  Jealously ate at him.  The same question the bank’s trustees had hired him to discover — Who was this man she was meeting? — took on a very personal meaning. While he watched her Sam came to wonder if…

AGE APPROPRIATE

When she woke with a strange dream stuck in her head Dina Louise frowned.  Daddy & Mommy had gone away for a few days and it wasn’t easy living at Grandma Jane’s house with a lot of grownups that should have left home years ago and hadn’t, except for her dad who was the youngest.…

"Onions" by Auguste Renoir

A LIGHT TOUCH

It is naive to assume that what a painter represents or a writer proses on about is, in fact, their passion, the craving that fuels their productivity. Some artists, for instance, pretend to paint a pear, a mountain, or the feathered decoration on a hat when their primal subject is actually the light that is…