LATE BREAKFAST

  Breakfast feels very different than dinner. Especially since last night was, well there’s no other way to say it, a bit over the top, or was that under the weather.  Marco’s parties are always the best. The girls he finds are ou-la-la. The barbecue so tender and the burgundy! The port moved with us…

"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…

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…

"Acrobat" by Pablo Picasso

THE CASTING COUCH

Hello darling. You look marvelous. So handsome. So manly. Sit! Sit! I must tell you all about my latest toy. Devastating! Really! Devine! Clever Ida, you must remember her, the pushy blonde from Vancouver with the little cleft in her, ah! She claimed the boy was spineless, lithe like I love them, so I took…

"A Man Perceived by a Flea" by Steven Campell

BIOREVERSITY

to:  Gaia 4736 from:  Biological Statistics & Intelligence re:  Galapagos reclamation project Attached is our report on the reproductive cycle of the resident homo sapien variant, homo plunderus. Unfortunately, we were unable to assemble a similar body of data on the other, more common, migratory variant, homo vulgaris.  During the last recording period an estimated…

"Self-Portrait in a Black Hat" by Charley Toorop

TRACES OF SPRING

She had begun to notice little signs: white spots on the shower walls and sometimes on her glasses, the rising of the hair upon her arms, tiny sparks running like baby alligators across her eyelids when she stood up. Miniature fireworks. A private show. Last week there had been scattered glitter – purple and green…