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Sunday Biscuits

Gummy, as I came to call her at the age of two, came from a time with butter churns and trains and hats and gloves. Her biscuit recipe was no different. [...]

Magic Happened This Summer

Time stood still. Was this the moment I had prayed for? [...]

As Crumbs from the Apron

Though I grew up with him, I know little about my dad. I know he lost a brother at an early age. I know he majored in history at college and hoped to become a teacher. I know that he likes engineering challenges. His emotions, however, remain a mystery. [...]


“Well, have you thought about names?” These words enter the conversation like a hammer meeting a nail. I picture her rubbing her palms together, assessing me from under her eyebrows—even over the phone wires. I know where she is going with this question. [...]

Uncommon Ground

“Treasure?” Her voice matches the tender smile spreading in her lips. “Now that sounds like fun!” She slides her hands around my shoulders and gives me a hug. I drink in her loving, maternal gestur [...]

The Man From the Circus



No-one stayed at home that night. I’d lived on the island for seventeen years, and I didn’t remember the circus ever coming to Skye before.

I had stepped out for a cigarette halfway through the girl-on-the-pony show. I liked the idea of the girl-on-the-pony show, but the reality of it depressed me. [...]


“Mom, there is nothing else to say.” He motioned for me to drive forward. Away from her. Away from the fear and the chaos that slid between our hopes and us. [...]