The Old Hospital

There was no electricity in the old hospital, yet sunlight, streaming through broken window panes, cast a pale glow over the empty rooms. The building had been condemned, and bold signs ineffectively warned trespassers away. College kids arrived at night, leaving beer bottles and cigarettes in their wake. Daytime brought younger teens who played hide-and-seek through the crumbling interior.

The Clown

Evie was in Venice when she first saw the clown. She was there on a vacation with her two best friends, three days after their college graduation. Four hard years of studying, six months of saving. The decadent trip was a dream they had worked toward together. Evie, Sarah and Adele.

A Country Mile

“There’s nothing in a country mile,” Jack told Evelyn while they shared a bistro table at a tiny sidewalk cafe. The streets were bumper to bumper and pedestrians streamed past in a blur of summer dresses and lightweight suits.

Thinking Places for Writers

A.A. Milne was onto something when he gave Winnie the Pooh his "thotful spot." A quiet place to think, think, think. But you don't have to visit the Hundred Acre Woods to find your best ideas. You may not even need a quiet place.

Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot's Final Days

Familiar voices sound through the theater in the form of recorded clips from politicians, advertisers and TV shows. The curtain rises to reveal a stark backdrop which is papered in mostly black-and-white posters and interspersed with TV screens in various sizes and styles.

Book Review: Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

I'll just come out and say it: I love Grammar Girl. If you haven't been to her website, it's a great place to have fun learning about grammar and usage. Yes, that's right: I just used the words "fun" and "grammar" in the same sentence.

Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty, has a regular podcast discussing grammar and usage, and she also posts articles for those of us who prefer to read her tips. Her book is more of the same (in fact, I recognized some of it from the website) but all in one handy, well-designed package.