Floyd’s Thankful Tree

Beeeeeeeeeep! “Hey! Watch where you’re going!” I was awake, but between the tears clouding my vision and the sorrow drenching my heart, I didn’t notice I’d drifted into the next lane. It was one day until my son’s birthday and one week before school—not a great time to move, but I had no choice. I never fathomed it would come…

Gathering

Thump! Thump! Thump! I tossed around like a fish out of water trying to fall back asleep. Thump! Thump! Thump! Ugh, what in the heck is that? I pedaled my feet back and forth trying to find the edge of the blanket so I could cover my cold feet. Finally, I was wrapped up like a cocoon and ready to…

Dragging Through Time

Chaske’s (first born son) ina (mother) knew he was different from the time he could open her tubes of lipstick and eat the vermillion colored wax. She considered him a natural as he would drape her blue fringed shawl over his little arms and flutter like a butterfly across the kitchen floor. Once, she couldn’t find Chaske at dinner time….

Just Dessert

On the way into town, spring tumbles across your face through the open windows of the turquoise Ford pickup. Mom sits beside Dad conquering the two lane, beer gut tucked under the wheel gripped precisely at 10 and 2 o’clock. Behind you, the window frames a gun rack sporting a .30-30 lever action rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun. Fences…

The Horse Named Worthless

Author’s Note: This is a fictional story that my husband told our children when they were younger. I always thought it was a great story, and each time he told it to them I think they walked away with a sense of understanding and knowledge that made them appreciate patience. A long time ago, a young Dakhóta boy from Cannon…

The Bark Gallery

Spot and Eddie were walking side by side at an art gallery. They were walking in a bright room with various paintings on the walls.

My Brother Knows God

My name is John and I am four. I have a big brother and he is five and a half. Nick knows all about everything and he even knows God. We spent all day playing outside. “What’s that?” I asked while pointing up high. He looked up at the bright yellow circle up in the sky. “That’s God’s heart,” he…

The Fox

To a young teenage girl, the last ten minutes of school on a Friday take a billion years. I tried to listen to the teacher, but my mind kept wandering. I always get really anxious to get home and pack when I know Grandpa and Uncle will be waiting when I get there. Oh, how I love it that Grandpa…

Unwanted Marriage

Watching the sun go down made me feel warm inside, seeing how the colors look on the mesas. What beautiful colors the sunlight makes, like purple on the lower layer, turning to a soft pink color. His arm around my shoulder made me feel warm like the sunset. The colors were dimming, telling us we ought to go home soon….

Hellhound

I awoke from a very intense wet dream. No, this is not what you sick-minded freaks are thinking of. This was a dream so vivid that all of my senses went into overdrive. This exhilarating, yet disturbing dream caught me by surprise. I have never dreamt in color. In the dream, I was a charcoal-gray wolf, running free, the cold…

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