Team Nicholas, or How to Build a Learning Machine

Today, for the first time ever, I will share my recipe for constructing an award winning high school graduate.  Why? you may ask.  In two words, the answer is:  Scholarship Grants. Ah, I see I have your attention.  Like my family, you’d do most anything to keep from making student loan payments well into your…

On Her Way to The Hereafter

Early the morning of her eighty-fifth birthday, either God, or the old woman, or the pair of them decided she would not be alive long after her eighty-sixth. The week before, her doctor referred her to an in-home oxygen provider. “I’m not going to have anyone see me with that hose thing shoved up my…

The Breakup

by Judith StClaire When he said he was leaving, my heart fell into a pit deep within me, crushed like a stomped-on aluminum can. After seven years of selfless devotion, I deserved more than, “You’ve become too old for me,” and “I want to be free to play the field and to try new things.”…

Tiger Soup

by Judith StClaire I felt a puff of warm, cinnamon breath on my face and opened my eyes.  As I expected, a pair of dark amber eyes, slightly almond shaped, stared deep into my mind.  Although no words were spoken, I heard her message.  Like a meditation chant, a single word repeated. “Remember . . . remember .…

Little Ellie Adapts

Originally published August 5, 2010 Okay, okay! I know an Ellie Update is due.  And, no, she hasn’t disappeared from the earth.  Quite the contrary.  We have been real busy.  And Ellie is making history – for developing real doggie skills after a life of more than four years in a puppy mill crate.   Here’s what…