Paranormal on the Side

“No way,” I pause from leaning in to grab a piece of sushi. Raven hit me with a comment that would change our relationship. Previously, we only had one circle of connection: a teacher-student relationship. I was the teacher; he was my student. That was about to change. Raven believes in family and community. He Read More …

A Haunting on Bus 33

Bus 33 The driver of Bus 33 was pissed. Someone kept requesting a stop. The bell rang. He stopped at the next bus stop. The doors opened. None of the five customers moved.   “Are you playing with me?” The bus driver said. He glared at the customers in the rearview mirror.   The passengers Read More …

Stubborn Like an Ox on a Cliff

I woke with a start. What had I agreed to? Climbing a cliff when all I could manage was the easy side of a rock wall? Holy shit. I looked at my iPhone. Four hours before we leave. I had been on an adrenaline high from successfully completing a variety of rock climbing exercises when Read More …

Bangkok River Gods

River gods in Bangkok? You wanna know about river gods? I will tell you a story. Many years ago, we knew the girl who married a river god and we called her Mai. She was my thrice-great aunt. I can say this, yes? Thrice? This is her story.   You see, this area here on Read More …

Orlyonok and the Rock Wall

Sitting between sessions at a conference in Smolensk, I quickly scanned my work schedule for Orlyonok. Three days of morning and afternoon workshops, swimming, a camp tour, and rock wall. Rock wall? What’s a rock wall? Whatever. I just need this schedule set so I can move on to the 500 other things I’m supposed Read More …

Kolkata Taxi and Life Saving Tea

It was a Kolkata taxi that brought you from the airport to your friend’s house, and, to Alice. Neither of you spoke the same language, you communicated through sighs and sign language. The first two weeks of living together felt like hell, but Alice has become a map that helps you navigate living in Kolkata. Read More …