Many years ago Ed Burdekin suggested I write, so I did. He has read almost every word I've written since then, and has been my steadiest supporter and dear friend. These stories simply would not have been written without him.
Mameve Medwed helped me find the heart of many of these stories. I am grateful for her guidance. Jennie Rathbun is a wonderful writer, reader, and friend. Writing group members Rachel Solar-Tuttle and Cindy Ravelle also offered good advice. Thanks to the Massachusetts Artists Foundation for the generous financial support.
And, of course, thanks to Bruce. This is for you.
If You Were With Me Everything Would Be Alright
Mr. Bubble, I Love You
So This Is Pain
The Near Occasion