Short Stories (free downloads)
A little black dress for a dying eighty year-old woman? Florence Coleman’s last wishes are to be buried in a low-cut little-black-dress. Even more complicated, there’s going to be an open-casket wake before her funeral. Everyone thinks Flo should go to her final resting place in a respectable blue suit. Everyone except Flo’s granddaughter, that is—Jane.
Clara’s high school social life is overtaking her homework. Her harried mother is growing concerned. But what Clara’s mother doesn’t know are the plans of two “friends” to make her daughter more “sexy.” After buying a thong and push-up bra and undergoing a transformation, the “friends” want to help Clara find a boyfriend. But Clara isn’t so sure she wants to have a “sexy photo” taken after all….
Valerie has just had a baby and is coming home from the hospital. Her husband announces that he needs her to look “fabulous” at a gala dinner that’s important for his career. Can she do it? Hmmm. Valerie was planning to get-her-body-back anyway…but can she do it in six weeks?
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Do we ever get too old to squabble about sharing clothes? Julia and Lillian are elderly sisters sharing an apartment in an assisted-living complex and they decide to get really dressed up for a community event. They manage to get their nephew, Frank, to take them to the hairdressers. Should they splurge and get their nails done? Even more important: whose turn it is to wear Mother’s pearls?
Lei sews beads on expensive designer bridal gowns at a factory in Toronto. Alone and new to Canada, she spends much of her time wistfully thinking of her recently deceased mother. Then Lei is given a special job: she must sew real Akoya pearls and Austrian crystals onto a wedding gown that will retail for $52,000. All seems to be going well, until some of the crystals go missing….
AGING WITH GRACE
Meet Grace Morrison. Deeply middle-aged but still in the game of being attractive—except that she’s acquired a sizeable wad of fat around her stomach. And now she’s purchased an expensive, gorgeous, but unforgiving dress to wear to the annual Christmas Party. Even worse, her husband of 35 years starts paying attention to a younger woman. No wonder Grace starts thinking about how to divide up the furniture. Will it be divorce after all these years? Or should she just loose 20 pounds?
Marged Brice is 134 years old. She’d be ready to go, if it weren’t for Perdita.
The Georgian Bay lighthouse’s single eye keeps watch over storm and calm, and Marged grew up in its shadow, learning the language of the wind and the trees. There’s blustery beauty there, where sea and sky incite each other to mischief… or worse…
Garth Hellyer of the Longevity Project doesn’t believe Marged was a girl coming of age in the 1890s, but reading her diaries in the same wild and unpredictable location where she wrote them might be enough to cast doubt on his common sense.
For years Dorothy knew that a family friend was molesting her young daughter, Holly. But it was too uncomfortable—and inconvenient—to acknowledge it. Instead, she dismissed it as Holly’s imagination. Now, after years of inevitable tension and estrangement, Holly is getting married. Dorothy wants to let bygones be bygones. She has a beautiful piece of antique lace for Holly’s wedding gown. Weddings are important family occasions. A time for family unity. Isn’t the issue of Holly’s abuse all in the past? According to Dorothy it’s all “water under the bridge.” Or is it time for a “Niagara”?