Ingrid’s four-second trips

Ingrid’s four-second trips

Ingrid Zermelo is captivated by memories of her whirlwind journeys. “We ordered these gadgets on the internet. They let us leave our bodies behind and travel mentally. We become digital awareness bundles hooked up to power packs. Free floating. Sights and sounds and all the other senses stream to us through multi-sensor apps. “Whatever we imagine, it happens within these portable … Continue reading

Designer shadows the “next big thing”

Designer shadows the “next big thing”

Early models were operational for only a week or so before fading. Now, with improved technology, they last almost indefinitely. Most people order their individualized creations in shadow salons. Artists design and implant a chip that emits a small electrical charge. This upsets the electrical force field around you in a way that distorts and redirects photons, creating specially … Continue reading

Proud and independent

Proud and independent

Mary Burton’s last time on the annual Big Hill Ditch Walk sponsored by the native plant society in her small town had been three years before at age 92. She hasn’t been up to it since then. “No news from here,” she wrote a friend, “except to say I now have to expect some attention … Continue reading

Boy and his dogs

Boy and his dogs

Kids and dogs go together like…frogs and bogs. When your world is lonely and sad a canine best friend soon has you laughing and romping. That squirming body and wagging tail tell you there’s a playmate ready to run on the grass, explore the woods, chase sticks and give you sloppy kisses. It’s better than … Continue reading

The disappearing gold

The disappearing gold

Daylight belongs to the hired gold miners. Nighttime the thieves take over. In a remote Venezuelan underground mine, there’s an uneasy truce between the two factions. The night crew carries guns, and when they run into a worker for the company that operates the mine it’s understood that nobody will try to stop the men … Continue reading