Liliana’s Afterlife – Susan Shuman Guest Barista

It was 11:56pm. There was a knock on the door. “You’re late!” Liliana flung the door open. “Where the hell you been?” “Uhhh, excuse me?” The Grim Reaper had never before been greeted in this manner. “I’ve been ready, waiting here for…I dunno how long!” Liliana spat. “So, what’s your excuse?” “My excuse?” he repeated. … Continue reading Liliana’s Afterlife – Susan Shuman Guest Barista

Darlene’s Dilemma – Susan Shuman Guest Barista

  Her real name was Darlene, but the entire herd — including the brain-damaged shepherd — called her Baldie. Sheep could be so very cruel, she thought, as she stood munching alone in the far corner of the meadow. Most people think sheep are timid,  fearful, and well, sheepish. Hah! Not this bunch of barbaric Bovidae. Can I … Continue reading Darlene’s Dilemma – Susan Shuman Guest Barista

Guest Barista Saturday: Meet Susan Marie Shuman

My name is Susan Marie Shuman and I currently live in Birmingham, AL. I’m a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and introvert. I’ve also worked as a data entry clerk, admin assistant, bartender, waitress, and caregiver to the elderly. I am also the author of three books, Gutter Ball: A Collection of Short Stories, Eddie’s Underwear & Other Shorts, and … Continue reading Guest Barista Saturday: Meet Susan Marie Shuman

Cotton Dreams – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

  Cotton dreams wrapped in candy kisses Coral clouds and violet wildflowers Tall amber wheat fields And innocent child fantasies Of diamond rings and floating veils Gentle waves on white sand beaches Sweet pink plumeria leis Anticipation of romantic roses Embraced by a flaming sunset And dancing under a twilight sky Years pass… Lonely grey … Continue reading Cotton Dreams – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

From Prisons to Palaces – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

“Adventure” is one of my favorite words.  It is a word so full of possibilities, excitement and the sheer thrill of the unknown right around the corner!  But as you will see in this post, adventure most definitely has it’s ups and downs. When I was very young, we lived in a small farming community … Continue reading From Prisons to Palaces – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

Innocence lost…and found – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

Many talk about innocence “lost” and when it’s once lost, it can never be regained. I disagree with that statement. When I was young, Mom and Dad were always right…fairies were real…and a new coloring book and new box of crayons were about the best thing next to candy. Christmas and Halloween were the most … Continue reading Innocence lost…and found – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

Silver Sailboats – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

I stare at the stars in the velvet darkness Millions upon millions of flickering lights Dancing across the great panorama of eternity We are lost in the skies Silver sailboats sailing along Moon River Seeking a place to call home Do I trust in Destiny As the Midnight hour approaches? Soft snowflakes turn to summer … Continue reading Silver Sailboats – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

Beyond the Horizon – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista

Walking barefoot in the sand Carrying white sandals in my hand The cool water tickles, teases and nibbles my toes… Calling “Come play!” But I am deaf to the laughing waves. The heart of the sun breaks light into glorious prisms Dancing in a glittering panorama of wordless joy… But blindly I only see the … Continue reading Beyond the Horizon – Melissa Coppins, Guest Barista