Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Jealous Sun

"The sunlight whispers in my ear, his breath a warm, sultry tease.  I shrink and duck beneath a tree.  My eyes squint to scan the horizon for a glimpse of the wind, but there are no ashen ribbons or golden waves in sight.  He is missing. 

Trickling, tinkling notes reflect loudly off a chandelier of glimmering droplets.  The rain sings to me, and I shield my eyes, admiring the song.  Far off in my western view I expect to see snow, but the sun grows hot with jealousy, knowing this.  He refuses my snowman a place to set. 

My sight drops to search for the man in the moon.  Normally he rises dripping wet from out of the lake, often pale and naked, supple and soft to my caressing gaze.  On rare occasions he dons a pumpkin robe as luminous as fire.  Today he is draped in silks of the saddest blue.  My heart weeps as he steals up and away. 

An army of stars in shining armor come to my aid, and they force the sun into the ground—a temporary grave.  I am fed with a billion bubbles of laughter until I feel I will burst.  But the stars will not stop giving, and I will not stop taking. 

A kiss brands my cheek, and I turn abruptly to find my snowman.  He landed safely in the dark.  We hide from the man in the moon behind a curtain of flurries to dance on polished rainbows and feast on stars until I hear a fire-red growl.  The sun claws its way out of the soil, and everyone scatters."

Copyright 2015 Richelle E. Goodrich

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dandelions—A Story of Youthful Courage

"Of all the books you've written, which is your favorite?"

This is a question I've been asked many times.  The answer is easily, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher.  Why?  Because the story is powerful.  It grips the reader emotionally from the very beginning when the main character, Annabelle, nuzzles in close to your heart.  From that point on, your humanity bleeds for her amidst laughter, tears, anger, and silently-offered prayersall on behalf of children like Annabelle.  It is a fictional story, yes, but it is also a dark shadow of what sometimes proves real. 

Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher 
is available in paperback and e-book formats.  Read it today.



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Good, Wise, Brave, & God-Fearing

This 4th of July I celebrate the continuing independence of the United States of America. I honor those many individuals who sacrificed in diverse ways so this independence and freedom might exist. Likewise, I honor those who continue in their stead, preserving the precious human gifts this country boasts and cherishes. Acknowledge that your opportunities were won and are still preserved by the spilling of blood and by the sacrifice of good souls. Refuse to take this truth for granted. 

"Years ago, a group of good, wise, brave, God-fearing men stood up to claim and defend the human right for independence. Those men are now dead. Their work is not. If good, wise, brave, God-fearing men fail to stand up in their stead, that independence will cease to exist."
— Richelle E. Goodrich

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