A Parent’s View of Cutting

by Tom Hames When I was in high school, if one of my friends was ‘cutting’ it meant they were skipping class. Today, the term can refer to something else completely. Cutting is a form of self-injury where a person takes a sharp object such as a knife, razor blade, pen or even a paper […]

The Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, Part IV

Henry woke up to the smell of dirt and pine needles, his face partially buried in a mixture of both. Slowly, consciousness crept back, and he became aware of a sharp, throbbing pain in his head. He suddenly remembered the battle and jumped to his feet. His eyes revolted at the sudden movement by releasing […]

Lunar Eclipse

My youngest son is a space enthusiast. His bedroom is decorated with posters of the planets and the space shuttle. There are those glow-in-the-dark stars plastered all over his ceiling, and mounted directly above his bed is a working replica of the solar system. In February 2008, when he was twelve-years-old, he found out there […]

The Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, Part III

A February chill rushed through the air as Henry watched two regiments of men mount their horses and ride off. If the plan worked, they would make contact with the Union army and draw them back to the fortified battle line where the remaining Confederate soldiers waited. With Ocean Pond to the north, heavy swampland […]

A Lesson From the Garden

“Through the Snow” by Lydia Selk Preston Walters rolled his eyes and sighed heavily as warm air started coming from the air conditioning vents. This always happened when he was in the car line; it was one of the reasons that he hated picking Misty up from school. He shut the air off and pushed […]

The Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, Part II

Like most of the other men in his company, James Lyons had never been in battle. A former slave, he had joined the 8th United States Colored Troops in Philadelphia only four months earlier. He was proud to call himself free, but claiming freedom didn’t come without problems. There weren’t a lot of jobs available, […]

Laughter Heals

Connie’s friend, ‘Laurie’, had lost her husband to cancer and Connie was doing all she could to help. Some time had passed, and the opportunity to attend a Christian women’s conference presented itself. Hoping it would help Laurie get back into life, Connie invited her to attend, and much to her delight, Laurie agreed. The […]

The Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, in Four Parts

Editors’ Note: This short fiction will be published in four parts. Author Tom Hames gave us this background information. It was so interesting we decided to print it along with his work: I’d like to give you a little information about the idea behind the short story. Henry Shaw was my great-great-grandfather. His biography starts […]

Labor Day

Labor Day brings on sad memories for me, because my grandfather died on Labor Day, 1992. That year I was stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. My mom called early on Labor Day to let me know my grandfather had been taken to the hospital, and though I managed to catch a plane a […]

Lamb of God? Mmm…Not Exactly

See, I don’t hate animals, but I am not an animal lover. As it turns out, I married a woman who does love them and at least two of my children inherited the same peculiarity. This opposing viewpoint has created a lot of memorable events for all of us in our family. I’ve helped birth […]