Those mesmerizing minerals 

 Those mesmerizing minerals 

The word “mineral” sounds so official and distant; like “recommended nutrients” or “parts of speech.” But minerals are sexy when you get to know them, rub your fingers gently over their surfaces, whisper their names softly. And you can’t help but notice that some minerals even have cleavage. The experts claim it has to do … Continue reading

Words at play

Words at play

It’s recess time for Ball and Volley, and guess what they’re playing out on the school yard. But Her and Sock are having trouble getting together for a game…and the spelling teacher is off in the break room and can’t help. Sitting on a bench, Clart, the new kid from the wealthy part of town, … Continue reading

South of North Uist

South of North Uist

The Belarusian dilettante lives in a comfortable home on the Scottish island of South Uist. Diligently indolent, Piatro Dashkevich sits in his cozy courtyard, which is his fantasy central, and reads Keats while idly dreaming of debaucheries with the Slavonic beauty heʼd met at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. Alas, his mind betrays him … Continue reading

Louie the lampshade

Louie the lampshade

Louie wonders a lot about the meaning of life. He has plenty of time to do this, as he sits atop a guest-room lamp thatʼs only used when company spends the night. His masters prefer their solitude and their dog and cats, so that doesnʼt happen often. The existential musings of this especially sensitive lampshade … Continue reading