March/April 2003

A Sour Note

PART ONE: A SOUR NOTE   The air was hot and still, like a warm fuzzy blanket that dulled the senses, making everyone pleasantly sleepy. Even bees veered off their straight course and hummed in lazy loops. The air was thick with pollen; but that was not why Sandy sniffled. She ran up her apartment […]


The full moon shone lazily through the drifting night clouds, casting barely any light on the boarded warehouses slumping along the empty streets. Through the dank alleys, an ebony shadow slipped unperturbed, defining the true meaning of discreet. For the skinny, jet-black cat, this was high hunting time. Any vermin she saw or heard she […]

Forget Me Not

For most of my life, I have not had any pets. My brother and I are allergic to anything with fur. Then one spring, we found our first praying mantis, which changed our lives forever. For several more summers, we enjoyed playing with these unique creatures. One particular summer, a new batch of baby praying […]