New Neighbors

New Neighbors

It was Ben who first told me about our new neighbor, Marcellus Shale. I asked him when and where this new neighbor would be living and if I should take him my usual gift of Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins (let me know if you want the recipe; they’re yummy). But I...
Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy

“Both Quinn and I were aware of the impending threat to the Ambridge Reservoir, which provided drinking water for 30,000 people living in Beaver County. Even though I was determined to prevent what was about to occur, I couldn’t shake the feeling that...
The Predatory Pipeline

The Predatory Pipeline

Wish landed, but not exactly where I had expected. After all, I did say, ‘It’s off to Beaver County and the Predatory Pipeline.’ But I never told Wish when or where in Beaver to land, and knowing that this pipeline would take several years to build,...
Pulling Strings

Pulling Strings

Perched at the edge of Wish, I stretch my neck as far as it will go, reach my right arm over, and wait with bated breath. Time seems to drag on as I strain, feeling the ache in my neck and back intensify. My arm grows weary. Finally, the quilled animal arrives at the...
All Aboard

All Aboard

Finally, I’m in the large, fortified Wish basket, and although ready for travel, I am uncertain what direction the wind will blow. As I wait for all you travelers to come on board, my mind wanders, wondering what will come next. I recall Dad handing over a map while...
The Cookie Crumbled

The Cookie Crumbled

Yes, in 2003 I saw it through my binoculars – the big smiley face logo on the Eat’n Park balloon heading South toward my home. It was the answer to my question about finding happiness. Indeed, I interpreted the sweet big cookie smile to mean that I would once...