Archive for Archive for December, 2006

What Santa Knows

Corporal Cameron Daniels bought the bicycle in St. Louis. Maybe it was the last one in town and maybe he paid too much for it, but what he had in his pocket was too much money. Better to spend it all, he thought, than to get rolled in the alley. The only thing he’d bought […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Monday, December 25th, 2006

Badger Creek

Badger Creek, in happy geographic serendipity, lies on a nearly-perfect north–south axis atop a gentle rising mound near the edge of the caprock. It’s a split in the earth—a closed canyon—but more like the crack in a cake that rose too fast from baking in a too-hot oven. At the north end of the split, […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Friday, December 15th, 2006

The Superintendent of Badger Creek ISD

Orlando Bara was tired and getting impatient, waiting on the wooden bench outside the superintendent’s office. He stood up and walked around a bit, looking at the school photos on the walls and watching the secretary, as she watched him back. On the counter he saw a newspaper. “Can I see this?” he asked. “You […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, December 6th, 2006