Latest Blues

People parking their cars on double yellow lines Trains full of folk that can’t get a seat Buses stuck in traffic we’re all stuck in jobs we cannot...

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels In Love by Paul McCann Baby I’ve been running around all over the place , searching for love , you keep hiding , I keep chasing you ,...

interrupted- finis

Day Interrupted- finis Thursday morning arrived. We were up early and ready to set out by 7 am. Rte. 41 South was decidedly crowded with the daily “...


I am a product of words exalted by the Lord: “Be fruitful and multiply.” *Genesis 1:22


The world is warming And tempers rise with the sea

Snippets of Downshire Life – Feast of St Nicholas

Snippets of Downshire Life – Feast of St Nicholas The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park and it was in the grand neighbourhood of Granite Hill, which in a nod to San Francisco, the locals had nicknamed Nob Hill where Church Warden of St Lucy’s, Henry Appleby, was attending a dinner on St Andrew’s Day, at the home of a local celebrity, children’s author, Alesha Khan.

Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone.

I love this story, on every level. The Woman was caught in the very act of adultery, was the Man married too? We don’t know, we are not told, but she...

Snippets of Downshire Life – St Nicholas’ Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story takes place in the southern town off Abbottsford which was the biggest in Downshire, its administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.


This seasonal drama is about the Puerto Rican Rodriguez family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago who face what may well be their last Christmas together.

From winter to …

Gloved and capped, fingers chapped … dreary, weary … turn a key to …

Angel 73 (escape)

Adam slept in the taxi all the way back to The Unit and Angel had dozed fitfully. She put him straight into the cot and figured that would be him out...

From Jester To King II

At the comedy club.

Another crack in the wall

Looking childhood in the face

Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (Saturday morning. Before you awake. Room Hopping.)

In this wretched life, it is only our petty animosities and small victories which help us get through the day. For, knowing someone is worse off than...

Talking with the spirits

Conversations with the disembodied Whenever you start off an article like this, people roll their eyes and say “Oh, boy. Here we go! “But, you can...


Every time I read the news I’m told of something bad - A murder here, a stabbing there and such things make me sad. Oh, here’s a suicidal man of...

Escape the Thunder

I sensed a deep root of love beneath her veneer of toughness honed from days of mental abuse— dad did often so after a night drinkin’ about town. Mom...

The Thief & The Thief

Night and day are like two table racquets smacking Gerhardt back and forth, and every contact with the blue or black paddle ages him visibly. At 19...

Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (65) The Gentle Giant and the Christmas Maid (Part 04)

He was helping her through the small opening between the roof supports and she wriggled and squirmed like a little ginger fish. “How are you doing?” he asked “I’ve almost got it” she replied “another couple of inches should do it”


A smart, sassy, 34-year-old Kristin (Shiri Appleby), who is estranged from her family and alone on Christmas Eve goes to sleep alone on Christmas Eve and wakes up Christmas morning seventeen years into her past to relive the worst Christmas of her life.