Feeding Cats

House cats are docile, nervous pets who are pampered and talked to in hushed baby talk voices.  They are good for warming laps and napping in the sun.  Barn cats, on the other hand, are murderous working animals who are stealthy and wise but pets just the same.  In college, I had a house cat…

Unexpected Pig

I heard the crunch of tires on gravel as mom and dad pulled out of the driveway in our copper-colored Pinto wagon.  I had a list of chores to complete in exchange for permission to stay home alone.  Letting me stay home by myself was a probationary test and babysitting my brother and sister would…

The River

Tom Sawyer’s River full of history, commerce, and danger is my river too.  From a different time and place, the clay river mud pushes up through my naked toes and refuses to wash away without a good scrub.  Bright sun bakes water polished stones along the sandy bank while the lapping wake washes in the…