BOBBY AND THE WIDOW.

In which former soldier and stagecoach driver Bobby Brown comes to the rescue of an embattled widow and runs into unusual complications.      “I tell you fer the last time, Grant Saunders, that this farm ain’t for sale,” snapped Elsie Rawlins, “and if you ain’t off my property by the time I count to ten,…

THE SOLDIER (part 2)

In which the adventures of Bobby, the 'woman warrior', reach an exciting conclusion.       Bobby’s mind was in a whirl as the chaos unfolded around her. Whining bullets whipped through the trees. Hoarse yells and screams of pain rang out all around her. Every few moments the impact of shells exploding nearby shook the earth…

THE BIG SWOON (part 2)

IN which young Al Bowlly heads for England and the beginning of his fame and fortune. August, 1927, Berlin Germany.      Al Bowlly, guitar in his lap, shifted nervously in his seat. He had been in a recording studio before in Calcutta, but only as an instrumentalist, a member of a band. This would be…

THE BIG SWOON! (Part One)

In which talented but troubled singer Al Bowlly sets out on an eventful journey on the road to fame. Johannesburg, June, 1923.      “May I join you,” the newcomer asked.      He was a tall angular fellow with a round cheery face. A pair of spectacles with round wire frames was perched on his prominent…

‘Bulldogger’

In which a young reporter discovers the secret behind a lonely woman's suicide in a phoenix hotel room.       (Phoenix, Arizona, August 14, 1948.)      “What’s the verdict, Doc?” asked the detective sergeant, scratching the itch that had just developed on the side of his neck.      The doctor straightened up wearily from his examination…

The Shirt

In which the author recalls an ill-fated attempt to be a trend-setter in a small provincial town      It was winter 1965, or maybe it was 1966. The passage of time has dulled my memory, but whichever year it was, I remember the incident itself as clearly as if it were yesterday! On the used…

At the Studio

In which the writer describes one of his favorite places to be.         I’m at home in this place. I feel comfortable and entirely at ease. I must have sat in this small second floor room hundreds of times in the last twenty years. It’s a place to make music, and I truly love to…

SILVIA’S SHOES.

In which a brave and determined young woman sets out on a dangerous journey to a new land.         Silvia stepped out of the quiet house into the village street as the first faint light of dawn was tingeing the horizon. She shivered and pulled her jacket close against the morning chill as she walked…

Gulya

In which I encounter a troubled woman, and glimpse her briefly transformed. Her full name was Goulzhan, and she was from Kazakhstan. Her eyes were distant and remote as the snow-capped mountains of her country, empty as its barren deserts, cold and blue as the icy lakes that ringed her city. She seemed somehow not…

Memories of the Old Man

In which an old Native American describes to his grandson his feelings on encountering European explorers for the first time     The boy saw it before the others. Bearing down upon their canoe was a large vessel with white sails spread like the wings of a giant bird. He cried out with fear, but…