favorite book passages — on becoming real from The Velveteen Rabbit

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always…

Trouble in Paradise

DJ said caller number nine I speed-dialed the station, ninth on the line Winner of a trip for two to the tropics Choice of trip-mate became a hot topic Jax was da man, so sexy and raw. Dreamed on the plane of his chiseled jaw Hawa’ii, like always, perfect time of year Jax and I…

Montana Blue and the Mountain Boys

Montague Michaels began life on the edge of Boston Bay. As soon as he could walk, he was helping his father catch crabs at the water’s edge to sell to the fine restaurants along the harbor. When his father bought a fishing boat, young Monty would help throw out the lobster traps, then haul them…

Charley the Woodcarver

image link Charley was a wood carver who had learned the trade from his Great Uncle Horatio, aka “Uncle Ray”, a grand adventurer who rejected the comfort of a privileged lifestyle of inherited wealth and who instead chose to globe-trot well into his 80s. Charley was able to spend each January with Uncle Ray, who…

The Silver Vortex

Remy and I met in a rare book store on Monopoly Boulevard in Boston. Not only did we have an interest in rare books in common, but we loved finding obscure historical places to explore that we’d found in them. In a 15th century tome, the Romana Obscura (RO), we were able to acquire for…

Handsome Henry’s Oatmeal Gin

Old Henry had been distilling gin for as long as the junipers had grown on the mountainside. As a younger man he wasn’t satisfied with the tried-and-true recipe his father and his father before him used and thought he could do better. He began to errantly experiment, and only the Good Lord knows why he…

Emerald’s Eyes

Dustin had been a military man since he was fresh out of high school. Up until boot camp, Dustin’s long flowing blond hair had been the babe magnet that kept him beating the ladies off with a stick. After boot camp it was the uniform that drove them wild. As Dustin was ambitious, the Corps…