A Saturday Story: The Big Secret

A Saturday Story: The Big Secret

Rat-a-tat-tat went longish nails on old wood. She sat at the time-abandoned Rathskeller Pub, waiting. Three tall jack-and-cokes into her Sunday afternoon, the strange man finally arrived, a wiry figure dappled in late-day shadows. The man looked almost wizardly with a long, white beard and smooth, white hair woven into

Thanksgiving Tale: Whale-Talk

Thanksgiving Tale: Whale-Talk

This year on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my family, friends and all of you, my faithful readers who’ve stuck by my side as we build a little word studio community together. And though this tiny tale takes place floating atop the icy waters of Norway, I hope reading it finds you

Round Pond Estate: Family (And Wine) First

Round Pond Estate: Family (And Wine) First

[Photo Credit: Olaf Beckmann] “The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” said Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner and CEO of Round Pond Estate, quoting Aristotle not as some general, ambiguous notion about life but as the specific philosophy driving the creation and experience of Round Pond wines.  Round

Escape to Big Bear

Escape to Big Bear

“And I don’t need one other thing, except my dog.” – Steve Martin, The Jerk The road to Big Bear, CA, for those who have never been, is a tale of paved unexpectation. What begins as a characterless, fifty-three lane freeway—rough estimate—soon turns to a thin, serpentine course that twines ’round swelling, green-pine landscape

Sunshine Blues on a Rainy Day

Sunshine Blues on a Rainy Day

It’s raining today in Newport Beach. And not a romantic, heavy downpour kind of rain but a slow, lazy drizzle that makes you want to stay inside with a cup of coffee and watch Food Network marathons all day while wearing your pajamas. Random example. But from what I hear,

Whale-Talk

Whale-Talk

by Melissa Marni Yosemite My name is Yosemite. I’m five feet, six inches tall with a reddish tint to my hair, a long beard that I never comb and green-blue eyes that are noticeably two different sizes. I only shower on Thursdays, smoke at least five cigarettes a day and

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