Life in Tornado Alley

Photo by Anita Westervelt/FEMA

Sirens blaring, they hunkered down in the shelter until the “all clear”. They emerged with blinking eyes and found a neighborhood unrecognizable, everything demolished. What havoc Mother Nature can wreak. Grateful that this time nobody died, they will fix the broken things.




She’s a baby.

Diapers, band-aids, mean girls and tears.

Boyfriends and breakups, college, the beer.

A wedding, grad school and the career.

A house in Virginia, I wish she was near.

Has it really been so many years?

She’s having a baby.


A New Prescription


Wearing nothing but a sheer apron and stilettos, Barbara cooked dinner. The doctor must be crazy, but those little blue pills didn’t work for Bob. Feasting his eyes on her when he entered the kitchen, he declared…

“Yes! The flag has risen!”

Don’t Panic


“Mr. President, what did you do with it? Again.”

“Do with what, guys?”

“You know what, sir. The Red Button.”

“Oh, that. I gave it to Melia and Sasha. Children are way more responsible when it comes to things like world annihilation.”

A Valentine Miracle


Entering the lab, the cheese techs found bins in disarray. Resorting, they discovered an empty cheddar bin. Suddenly, techs from the Relationship Lab rushed in.

Out of breath, they confessed, “we took your cheese, but guess what? Everyone finds love with cheddar!”