From Claudia Smith’s “The House I Left Behind“:
The house I left behind rattles at night in the wind. There are no screens on the windows. My mother tries to shake my father out of his slumber. “Do you hear that? Do you hear that Rod?” My father doesn’t answer. He never does. He doesn’t sleep, he hibernates. When I was a child, my mother would wake me up for storms. We drank black coffee and watched the windows shake. The house shuddered and we shivered when sheets of lightning lit the sky.
But I am not there. And so, she wraps the thin sheets around her body. The sheets smell of my father’s sweat.
From John Hodgman’s “Three Stories Girls Told Me“:
I promised myself a long time ago that I would never steal this story for my own use. I wish I could have kept that promise, but as I used to tell my authors, you can only work with the stories you have, not the ones you wish you had.
From “The Moon: Myths & Facts,” by Stephany Aulenback (no permalink yet):
Mark your calendar the next time you witness some strange behavior, or the next time you behave oddly yourself. You will soon find that all crazy behavior coincides with the full moon, or if not the full moon, then some other phase of the moon.