The book of Lionel is the story of a man doing his best to live in accordance with God’s word. But the adversary, otherwise known as Satan, identifies a glaring blunder in God’s moral management of his creation. If a man favors one of his children over the others, and this child favors him over … Read more

Meeting minutes 1

A card that’s laid is a card that’s played. God: Good morning, everybody. Please, be seated. We are gathered here today to open case number 4,022,785,102. Peter, can we get the details on the subject? Peter, breaking the seal on a large manilla envelope and pulling out a thin stack of papers. Sir, the subject’s … Read more

Left to right

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. – T.S. Eliot. Prior to being the woman sitting peacefully by the pool in her skinny little polka dot bikini, the swimmer who dares remove the top before cannonballing … Read more

Who in the world is Florence Belleville?

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. – Psalm 23, psalm of David Before you could be the swimmer cannonballing free and naked into the peaceful waters of a pool without agitating the surface much at … Read more

Naked as the day

Beauty is a light in the heart. – Kahlil Gibran The swimmer could have focused on all the positive signals she had ever received regarding her physical appearance. She had chosen instead to focus on the few negative ones, starting with that thing Chuck Bartlett said about her chest being flat as a board in … Read more

Keep the path

Il y a des gens riches, et il y a ceux qui ont de l’argent. – Coco Chanel King Ferdinand is a forty-six-year-old woman who recently moved from Brooklyn to Providence with a little rescue beagle by the name of Sophie. In the couple years since her divorce, King Ferdinand has, amongst other things, found … Read more

Ça bon, Fanny Fox!

The truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.  – Winston Churchill A house, as you may or may not know, can have what French-speaking realtors call vices cachés. When they finally reveal themselves, these latent defects can render the house difficult, if not … Read more

Beaux gosses

Do what you’re told, and everything will be all right. – Norman Jewison It’s the dog. It’s Bruce. Simply put, you just don’t like him that much. Your sister Julie agrees with you that the drooling is pretty gross. “But a guy’s gotta fart,” she says. You don’t laugh. Maybe someday you will find the … Read more