Monthly Archives: April 2015

Family Addition(s)

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It wasn’t an appealing dwelling place for a family but California’s Mojave Desert supplied one perk. Houses didn’t cost much. South African immigrants had assigned retired gold mining communities their names. A two mile drive west of Johannesburg led to Randsburg. Clyde, Thelma and seven-year-old Betty settled into their new home. He paid $150 for the house. His plumbing skills…

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A Sure Hope

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The mourners dispersed. The flower-dotted cemetery reverted to its earlier stillness. Thelma almost whispered her words. What is it, Dovie? This Presence. It’s inside me. . in gentle waves. What is this goodness and this . .safety I feel? Thelma’s question hung in the air. The shadow of a Canary Island Palm stretched across the lawn before them. She was…

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Presence

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Dovie touched the apron hem to her eyes and dabbed at gathering tears. She released it and the apron fell again, draping her cotton dress. Taking up the dish towel she wiped the last of the dinner plates. Her eyes were sorrowful. Still they displayed a quiet serenity. Dovie turned from the kitchen sink and tenderly regarded her sister-in-law. Thelma…

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A Desert Place

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Jack! Jack! O God. The neighbor screamed wildly, again yelling the appeal. The young man pivoted. His eyes followed her gesture. The canal! Irrigation waters swept Jack’s young cousin downstream. The twenty year old ran two and a half blocks before catching up with little Bobby. He pulled him from the current and onto the canal bank. But Jack arrived…

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