Madeline Louise

"Mama, there's puppies next door!  Daddy, come see!"  Maggie and Serrah, heralded their news in stereo.  Great. OK, let's go have a look."  We were in Bismarck celebrating my younger sister, Carmen, graduating high school, with my family.  The neighbor handed puppies over the fence to Maggie, Serrah, Lyle, and I, "They're eight weeks, yellow... Continue Reading →

Our child was missing, and the world has never been a bigger place than it was that Sunday morning as we stood in our doorway looking out into it with terror in our hearts.  "GO to the neighbors'.  Maybe they saw something, or she's there.  You know how friendly she is."  It was true.  At... Continue Reading →

I stared at the fluorescent lights on the ceiling in the courtyard of the small strip mall across the street from where we lived.  I lay flat on my back, trying to piece together what had just happened and what the slimy stuff all around me could possibly be.  I looked around to see if... Continue Reading →

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