Have pun, will travel

Have pun, will travel

There once was a land called Punt. It was the birthplace of puns.  The most sophisticated, creative, nuanced and subtle form of humor is, of course, the pun.  A remaining few on the fringes of serious literature still try to deny this, but are not taken seriously. Articles in leading literary journals unequivocally insist that … Continue reading

Autumn’s warning

Autumn’s warning

Yesterday’s letter from Valerie was troubling. She had enthused to her older sister about a new gown of billowy satin and organza – and of the young man she met at a ball.  She’s so flighty, so impressionable, thought Norah. How could they be sisters? Norah plans ahead, is more cerebral. That afternoon, deep in … Continue reading

Alien goat herder

Alien goat herder

Confounding all expectations, Earth’s first visitor from another planet was not a skinny gray creature with no hair, or a furry-faced six-legged genius beast. It was a very human-looking goat herder and her charges.  At first she was friendly, but space biologists plotted to take her to a lab and probe her and the animals … Continue reading

River lovers

River lovers

We were splashing in the swimming hole and watching the other families enjoying themselves.  Along came a grizzled man in his 60s wearing farmer overalls. With him were a handsome large dog on a leash and a man in his 20s wearing a life vest.  The younger fellow was apparently learning disabled, as he spent … Continue reading

Headlines kidnap our young

Headlines kidnap our young

She’s grown up on compelling click-bait headings on internet sites (“5 best ways to trim that tummy flab”), text messages (“It’s weird-crazy here at car wash”), news show promos (“Australia on fire – more at noon”), and hyped-up headlines in real newspapers (“Ballplayer’s arrest stuns city”). It’s no wonder Sienna Bistro defines her life this … Continue reading