The place for occasional essays, short stories, and other tales that strike my fancy.
A short story about a children's bookstore in northern Italy that is forced to close just before the busy holiday season because not enough parents are buying books anymore. Friends of the bookstore's owner rally to save the bookstore. The local baker creates a special holiday bread and bakes a literary surprise into it for the children. Word of mouth spreads as the Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve) approaches and La Befana, an Italian witch of ancient lore, is set to deliver gifts to all of Italy's children. The parents buy the bread, the baker can't keep up with the bread orders, and a bookstore is, literally, saved by bread.
Coming December 2019