Haunted Hogan Creek

The two sisters open the back door, holding the laundry basket between them. It is already quite dark outside; a starless night with no light anywhere. They were supposed to get these wet towels hung on the clothes line after dinner, before going up to their room.  Their mother had gotten home from work around…… Continue reading Haunted Hogan Creek

Mystery and Joy

Last week while I was driving down a side street in a small town in Indiana I saw something up ahead on the sidewalk that I could not figure out. It was sky blue, topped with a shiny silvery dome. And it was moving very slowly. As I neared the object and it became clear…… Continue reading Mystery and Joy

Doing the Right Thing

I was surprised when five year old Dylan (not his real name) broke ranks with the group of older children, most of whom he knew – one was his brother, to cross the invisible line and hand another child the pair of shoes he was holding.  He did this without anyone prompting him. In fact…… Continue reading Doing the Right Thing

Witness in a Murder Trial

“I once was a witness in a murder trial.”  Starting a conversation with these words, always gets everybody’s attention.  And it’s true.  I really did have to go on the witness stand, swear on the Bible that  the testimony  I was about to give “ shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but…… Continue reading Witness in a Murder Trial

100 Monkeys and Change

The Macaca fuscata monkeys had been observed by scientist on the island of Koshima in Japan for over 30 years. One morning in 1952 scientists observed an 18 month old monkey take the extra time to rinse the sand off the sweet potato provided for her before she began to eat it.  Soon the little…… Continue reading 100 Monkeys and Change

He Would Not Forgive Her

“One time I got down on my knees and cried and begged him to forgive me, but he would not,” Elizabeth’s (not her real name) eyes glistened with tears as she recalled the hard heartedness of her husband.  She ended her story by telling me that when her beloved Robert died suddenly, after 50 years…… Continue reading He Would Not Forgive Her