1943: The Memphis Belle

1943: The Memphis Belle

The sun was hot on the back of her hands as Betsy Teague pushed her 9-month-old daughter in a pram in the city square by the Vance Monument. A wide brimmed hat kept her face shaded in the midsummer heat. Her 6-year-old son Paul was beside her, hoping for a hot dog...
1976: A Monkey’s Uncle

1976: A Monkey’s Uncle

“Should I take a nicer dress?” Melissa Duncan checked herself in the mirror and frowned. She worried about her weight, her hair, her shoes. The next day, at a reunion in Asheville, she was going to meet Michael’s larger family for the first time. She wanted to please...
2016: True Love Says Goodbye

2016: True Love Says Goodbye

        “We should still be friends.” Sharon waited by the window with her arms crossed. Outside there was a lineup on the street for the next show at the Orange Peel. She studied them with a frown. Her bag was packed by the door,...
1937: Joe Williams

1937: Joe Williams

Charity Williams picked up the ear-piece on her brand new phone when it rang and said “Hello?” “Hello, Ma. Can you hear me? It’s Joe.” “Joe, what a surprise! Yes, I can hear you. Hold on, let me use my good ear. Okay, so go ahead. It’s good to hear your voice. It...
2015: Jen’s Dragon

2015: Jen’s Dragon

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Jen Sparks walked across the street with a spring in her step. She imagined she had dragon’s wings, and they spread as she turned and...