Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 51

Jack Cover with border small canvas

Continued from Installment 50

She pulled her gaze from Jack as Tenspot walked to the hole, knelt and started digging with his hands. She’d been fighting her feelings for Jack, but the fear she’d felt when she thought he was hurt revealed the truth. She could no longer tell herself it was too soon, too impossible. She remembered what Cori had said after her first date with Charlie. When you find the right one, there’s no question. Your heart knows.

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Essay — Fall into Spring

Spring arrives in five days, but the garden is already a palette of pink, red, and white thanks to the azaleas, dogwoods, and camellias. And on top of all that color, the oak trees are raining brown leaves. Yes, in Carpenter Country’s mystical part of the world, oaks drop their leaves in spring instead of fall. What kind of oaks?,…

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Essay — Humbug Day

Saturday is the start of the winter solstice. In ancient times lots of beer, wine, feasting and merrymaking marked this midwinter event. After all, if you didn’t think you were going to live through the coming months of famine you might as well counter the stress with hearty eating, drinking and joyfulness. Fast forward to 2013–while most of us aren’t…

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Essay — It’s Fall-Back Time Again

I just realized that during Carpenter Country’s spring forward festival, our web site featured no Daylight Saving Time trivia. In case anyone missed my omission and was too polite to grumble, I’ll try to make up for the lapse with a few more insightful odds and ends. For centuries, sundials measured time. Eventually clocks took over, but the sun’s position…

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Essay — Change

As you may have noticed, our website has changed. There’s a new picture, attractive books to read excerpts from, and lots more to see and click on. Some days I’m glad because now I have fewer deadlines. Which gives me more time to write and do other things. Yet once in awhile, I’m sad because I liked the routine of…

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Essay — Quiet and Cheap

All’s quiet in Carpenter Country this week, which makes us happy. Quiet equals cheap, and we like cheap, because we’re frugal. We’ve discussed the distinction–and the preference–before (see here). One benefit of quiet and cheap is having time to enjoy fall colors. In Florida, that means hibiscus–like this beauty, which bloomed, in fleeting, frilly red glory, for a single day.…

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Essay — Gift Cards

When I was a kid, I collected trading cards. Now I collect gift cards from anyone and everyone in Carpenter Country who asks, “What would you like for (fill in the blank)?” As you may have guessed, I stockpile these wonderful mini-presents and use them throughout the year. Yesterday, the guy who shares my space and I lunched at a…

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Essay — The Trail Ahead

Last night I watched a replay of a Clint Eastwood classic called The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The plot revolved around hangings, gunfights, and Civil War chaos, plus other adventures, including the search for buried gold. When the movie came out in 1966, I thought it was great. Well actually, I thought Clint Eastwood was great. But then,…

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