The cinnamon buns are baking and there’s a fresh coffee to my right. I’m typing at the kitchen counter waiting for Alexa to tell me when’s a good time to peek.
Today I’m playing hooky. School’s out. D is at home all day long and to keep sane we’re going to head the beach for a little R&R together. We’ll bring the dog and a friend or two, the whiffle ball set and enough sunscreen to wax a car.
Today will be my Father’s day. I can wait for the buns. But why not beat the rush for a good time with my boy?
With that, I thought I’d share a few Father’s day reads for you to send to your dad this weekend. I hope you do. We’ve made these stories available on the web, too. Hope that helps.
“The January Tree” by Allen Woodman
It’s January and the tree has yet to be decorated. His father was never lucky with holidays, scrambling for last second gifts between traveling for work. When it seems the holidays become less special each year, this January might prove to be the onset of a whole new family tradition. Read on: Web | App
“I See You” by Ellen Birkett Morris
He hasn’t been the perfect father. If only he had come to terms with this earlier in life, before all that remained were regrets and hindsight. All that matters now is choosing the right words to express his remorse before it’s too late, but speech is proving difficult and his last remaining moments are becoming consumed by dark memories. Read on: Web | App
New This Week
Top 10 Stories This Week
1. “Other Gods” by Emily Carpenter
They’ve been taught to believe only in God and Brother Mack. But when a tornado destroys their commune and leaves them without a Prophet, they have no choice but to find a new one, even if it means breaking their oldest rule — which some will soon regret. Read on: Web | App
2. “Dear Owner of This 1972 Ford Crew Cab Pickup” by Desirina Boskovich
She leaves notes attached to his windshield: Remember me? He takes no notice, crumples them up, throws them onto the floor of his truck. She just wants some sleep; her mother in the hospital, exhausted and worried, mounting medical bills. But he won’t stop revving his engine at 3AM, keeping her awake. Something has to be done. He has to understand how this feels. She has to make him understand. Read on: Web | App
3. “Common Disagreements” by Christopher Merkner
Maybe it was age, or the memory of his youth, but he wanted better for the young men he’d seen one summer running up the concrete hill of his neighborhood. It wouldn’t be long until they were making a new life in Stockholm, hunting and building on the property he was raised on. Who knew people that would be wondering where all those high school football players had gone? Read on: Web | App
5. “And Yet” by Brian Evenson
Ellie looks for answers after her boyfriend vanishes, focusing on a family photo he left behind. But her search brings her no closer to finding him — and the more she persists the further away he seems. Read on: Web | App
6. “Pretty Little Parasite” by David Corbett
Casino tips aren’t enough to support Sam Pitney’s new life, so she begins a new career that is as lucrative as it is criminal. Sam is a natural, careful, professional. That is, until she falls for her newest client. Certain she’s come to know everything about him, Sam lets her guard down only to discover the man she’s grown so fond of never really existed. Read on: Web | App
7. “Delsa Redecorates” by Emily Carpenter
Delsa’s locked herself in the room, Dot can’t get to her, and the other girls have to leave for the slaughterhouse without her. She’s just gonna paint over the black letters that devil Dot wrote about her on the wall. But when she starts to paint, another idea comes to her. Read on: Web | App
8. “Black People Don’t” by Maria Pinto
Nella is testing out her first taste of freedom at college. She’s been invited on a deer hunt with Phillip, her sorta-boyfriend, and his family. Her mom doesn’t like it, says black people don’t hunt. But Nella is all about new experiences. Read on: Web | App
9. “Carnivale” by Pia Z. Ehrhardt
A rented car with unlimited mileage, and nothing between Louisiana and New Mexico but the emptiness of West Texas and memories of what might have been. Read on: Web | App
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