Voyageurs

Thunderstorms, even severe thunderstorms, are common on the northern plains, especially in early summer.  Warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico sweeps up the plains to collide with the yet wintry and drier air of the north.   Most often these storm cells collide and dissipate without much fanfare. But sometimes, and ever so rarely,…

Zanzibar

“I could put my cigarette out in it,” the man says and laughs a little.  Blond and tall and lean, he rolls the window nearly all the way up to keep the ashes from blowing back in his face, making the jeep unbearably hot. It is barely past breakfast. “It’s only kerosene,” he says. Jay…

After the Snowy Day

When they wake in the morning the fire has died and frost covers the window panes. New snow  blankets the ground outside.  The woman and her husband and the boy push themselves out of bed. The man makes a fire while she boils water for breakfast.  They drink coffee and hot chocolate, wrapping their hands around…