Literary

Sailing Into the Sunset
Island Voices, Literary, May 2024

Sailing Into the Sunset

By Suzanna Leigh Rich and Suzanna on Eli-Oh My beloved and I had a “Qufi” wedding; I am a Quaker and Rich is a Sufi, so we combined traditions.  We were married on the solstice, on the beach at Lincoln Park in Seattle, where friends from Seattle could find us easily, and friends from Vashon…

Mortise and Tenon
April 2024, Island Voices, Literary

Mortise and Tenon

By Seán C. Malone and John Sweetman “How many of these joints have you done?”  “Well, only one today, but it’s not even lunchtime yet.” That refers to the “Mortise and Tenon” joints we were making to assemble a “picnic cover” for our friend Bill who had a property on Indian Point. It has been…

Island Voices, Literary, March 2024

Twinkies and a 1977 Ford Pickup

By Seán Malone and John Sweetman We were poking around the old Ford F-250 four-wheel drive three-quarter-ton pickup that Seán acquired from me about 30 years ago. It seemed to have a problem with steering. This truck still is a formidable beast, with an 8,000-pound winch and oversized custom bumpers and guards, but it was…

Good Santa vs Bad Santa
Island Voices, January 2024, Literary

Good Santa vs Bad Santa

By Seán Malone and John Sweetman As we passed by Mikey’s Fish Stand … now selling Christmas trees, naturally our conversation turned to Christmas seasons long past. Never to argue with John, but there is no “bad Santa Claus,” as he is modeled after a saint and always produces positive thoughts. Seán always argues with…

The Bear King’s Lullaby
Children, January 2024, Literary, Poetry

The Bear King’s Lullaby

By Jane Valencia, inspired by the song “Binwag’s Lullaby,” lyrics by Debra Knodel Once upon a time, a Bear King lived in a great forest hall in the north. During summer and the time of abundance, he had many visitors to his hall – Deer, Chickadee, Raccoon, and Red Fox to name a few who…

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