Angela

Eight

– Posted in: Joy

Dear Dylan, You turned eight this weekend. We try to bring the fanfare to your special day, even though we're all still recovering from the fun of Christmas and the unnamed, lazy days between then and New Year's. Your requests for gifts falter, found under the Christmas tree or mostly forgotten in the happy haze […] Read More

American Stranger – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

I read American Stranger by David Plante mostly during the time between Christmas and New Year's Day. Cold weather, perhaps unexpectedly so, even for Michigan, meant we stayed inside more. Time stopped, at least for a few days. After finishing the novel, the timing of its reading felt right. Suspension feels like the heart of […] Read More

Frost Flowers – Part Twelve

– Posted in: Fiction, Frost Flowers

Continued from Part Eleven or start at the beginning... Joni picked at the skin surrounding her thumbnails and waited for Grady to bring her shoes to the car. After a few minutes had passed, she took a deep breath and pulled down the car’s visor, wiping the mascara from her face then sitting on her […] Read More

Frost Flowers – Part Eleven

– Posted in: Fiction, Frost Flowers

Continued from Part Ten or start at the beginning... “Joni!” She ignored him, walking briskly along the sidewalk. Her toes hurt, and she knew she’d have to go back eventually, because they were miles from her apartment. “Joni,” he repeated. He didn’t have to yell this time. He’d thought to put on actual shoes, and […] Read More