I am a strong believer in the power of Story. Stories surround us and make us who we are. Sometimes they are big and dramatic, but more often they are not. Usually, our most important stories are found in the day-to-day pieces of our lives–moments and details at risk of slipping away unnoticed.
I find writing stories to be an introspective exercise very close to meditation. It can even, at times, achieve a nearly mystical quality when a connection between writer and reader is forged. I know I experience a quite tangible and strong bond with writers who have struck a chord in my being, whether their work is published or unpublished, whether they wrote centuries ago or last week, whether they live on the other side of the world or next door.
Below are links to a few of my stories and columns. I hope you’ll find in them something of your own.
“…speaks with a voice both alien and familiar–illuminating the potential for glory, and horror, in an absolute faith in something beyond this world. The tale raises questions about truth and illusion that challenge preconceptions, just as the narrator struggles with his fear and desire of the eternity represented by a rattler’s coils.” Joe Clark in the Tallahassee Democrat, May 27, 2001.
In a dimly lit pub, two professors try to draw the line between fact and fiction. Or do they?
Within the Glass, semi-finalist 2011 NC State Fiction Contest
In the early 1900s, conservatory glass panes were not always clear. Sometimes, a person looking through them might see someone looking back.
Robbie Forrest and the Wagon from Little Oklawaha, originally published in Ladybug, a Magazine for Children, April 2004
( available through most libraries’ ebsco host access service for members)
During a stream clean-up, a young boy finds a rusty wagon perfect for recycling.
Columns & Feature Stories
The Science of Gratitude, November 2013, Hendersonville Times-News
Hands-On Caring, Ladybug Parent’s Companion, 2004
That First Day of School, http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20010821/NEWS/108210318?p=1&tc=pg Hendersonville Times-News 2001
An Open Letter to FEMA, http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20010515/NEWS/105150340 Hendersonville Times-News 2001
In the Atlanta Airport Hendersonville Times-News 2001