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…

Conshie.

     A story of the struggle and suffering endured by conscientious objectors during The First World War (1914-18). Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, January, 1916.     “I ask you, brothers and sisters, what Jesus would have done in this turbulent time of ours!”      Young Peter Micklewhite leaned forward earnestly, his hands resting on the pulpit of…

Lily

In which a young working-class girl, destined to become a star of women's soccer, meets her team-mates for the first time.      “I’ll introduce you to some of the girls,” said Alice Kell to fourteen year old Lily Parr. “This is Florrie Redford, our center-forward,” she continued indicating an attractive blonde-haired young woman, who was…

Who Killed Mrs. Stanford?

In which two young newspapermen discuss the mysterious death of Jane Stanford, Senator Leland Stanford's widow.      “I just don’t understand it,” declared young reporter Marty Reilly to his friend, photographer Will Hutchinson. “Ten years have passed since her mysterious death. It seems to me that it’s an ideal subject for an investigative report, but…

Paxton and the Emerald Ring

In which Sergeant Paxton searches for the killer of an ambitious young woman.  Durham, England, 1847. SALLY DISAPPEARS!      “What did you say was the name o’ this place, Sarge,” asked Constable Willliamson, a genial young man with red hair and freckles.     “The village is called Bearpark, Williamson” replied Police Sergeant Arthur Paxton shortly.…

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…

Doc and the Belle

In which Doc Holliday encounters a notorious female outlaw!      “My name is Doc Holliday, and I’m a peaceable traveler. I’d be mighty grateful to warm myself by your fire. I ask your permission to approach,” called Doc from the shadows.      The man by the fire sat bolt upright, and reached for his rifle…

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…

A Narrow Escape

In which Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, risks his life for a glimpse of his lover who is imprisoned in a cage high on the walls of Berwick Castle.     “It is of no use, James,” sighed Bruce. “I must have some sign from her that she holds me in her heart. We must go back!”…

The Fugitive

In which the future conqueror of England is hunted like an animal! Caudebec-en-Caux, Normandy, 1040.      “Where is William the Bastard?” roared the man-at-arms, seizing the miller by the throat.      “My Lord,” croaked the unfortunate fellow, “I cannot breathe!”      The soldier eased his grip ever so slightly.      “Where are you hiding the…