Descent

cold ice
Descent Venus, from six miles high, shines brighter than the landing lights of a passing jet.  The milky-way, and occasionally the northern lights look resplendent against a deep night sky.  Astronomers say Venus shines brightly because dense clouds in its atmosphere reflect the sunlight.  They also describe an environment completely inhospitable due to a surface temperature...
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Terrible-rotten-no-good-very-bad-day

bad day
The Terrible Rotten No Good Very Bad Day A groan escaped my lips when my hand met resistance against the frosted doorknob. She forgot to unlock the doors again. Normally it wouldn’t be such a big deal to be locked out of the facility, but ever since the weather turned cold this frequent occurrence suddenly became numbing. Literally. All feeling drained from my fingers ...
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Crushed – Introduction

Two Good Things Books
Introduction “You have no idea how I feel!” she yelled, “You have no idea what my life has been like!”  She was absolutely right.  Sort of.  My friend had been raised in squalor and abuse by her undereducated mother and her string of husbands, all of dubious character.  When my friend introduced me to her sister, well technically her half-sister, since all her siblings w...
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Crushed – Chapter 1: The BC Epoch

Two Good Things Books
The BC Epoch.   I sat cross legged on the powder blue carpet and gingerly lifted Lela’s bare foot to my lap.  Conversation paused briefly as I applied lotion and gently began to massage.  Her eyes closed as she inhaled and exhaled slowly, her frail body leaning back against the padded rocking chair, her arms resting on the armrests and a white knitted cap covering the place ...
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Food on a Ferry Flight

tootsie roll
Food on a Ferry Flight The make-do meals eaten on a tight flying schedule Headset, logbook, flashlight, a few pairs of fresh socks, an extra shirt, underwear, and a toothbrush. All of the essentials for a cross-country flight in a small two seater airplane. If I overpacked, the weight of the baggage would careen the gross weight of the plane off the edge of the safety...
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