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Mar 20, 2018

The Paths We Take #6: The Best Place in the World

        Michael   When I hit the frigid water, the air fled from my lungs and I kicked in a panic to reach the surface. I thrashed my arms searching for the nearest rock to climb on while the sun taunted me from above. My hands found the jagged edge of a […]

Mar 13, 2018

The Paths We Take #5: Wooden Palace

      Claire   When the van came to a stop, Bert grabbed my shoulders and slid me over to the side doors. He untied the rag that covered my mouth as the doors opened, letting in the smell of fresh pines and the chill of the morning air. Gramps took hold of my […]

Mar 06, 2018

The Paths We Take #4: The Interview

    Luke The light poured down on me, almost blinding, as it reflected off the white windowless walls. I sat there, hands cuffed behind my back, cut off from the outside world. The only thing I could do was watch the uniforms pass by the narrow window in the door. The room was cramped, […]

Feb 27, 2018

The Paths We Take #3: Violent Men

Claire The one they called Bert stood above me as I struggled on the cold floor of the van while I took in the bleak air. I could taste the gas and steel in the air through the damp tattered rag they tied around my mouth. Plastic bit into my wrists with each bump and […]

Feb 20, 2018

The Paths We Take #2: Taken

LUKE “I’m fine,” I said to my father as I placed the photograph into the inside pocket of my suit jacket. “Mr. Parrish said you almost ran over a lady when you pulled out of the parking lot yesterday. I’m worried about you. I-” my father started until I interrupted him. I looked at my […]

Feb 13, 2018

The Paths We Take #1

LUKE After the first time my life fell apart, I eventually started over, told myself that things would get better, and began to hope again. I moved on. I wasn’t looking for a second chance; I didn’t think I deserved one. In a small town people look at you differently. Sometimes the stares were filled […]

Aug 28, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #34: Detours

      The same thing is to be understood of all bodies, revolved in any orbits. They all endeavour to recede from the centres of their orbits, and were it not for the opposition of a contrary force which restrains them to and detains them in their orbits, which I therefore call Centripetal, would […]

Jul 30, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #33: The Laundry

        Law II:  The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impress’d; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impress’d.  -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH   Sam and Emma walked into Switch before dark. Sam was tired, but he couldn’t wait to […]

Jul 23, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #32: Place of Origin

        Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones […]

Jul 16, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #31: Turnabout

          Law I:  Every body persists in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed.  -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH   Adams stood with Norris in the cockpit.  A light wind drove the Endeavour inland.  […]

Jul 09, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #30; New York

        Not unlike the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our rocky, sunset wall lower’d A mighty sentinel armed, with claim To the imprisoned lightning, a hooded Keeper of Secrets. From his tower Flew death; his sharp eyes commanded The air-bridged harbor that […]

Jul 02, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #29: Eureka

        If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH     Sam finished his watch and climbed down to his hammock.  With Jack gone, the Endeavour was even more short-handed than ever.  It left little […]

Jun 25, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #28: The Crow’s Nest

        You drove me into the sea. The powerful waves passed over me.  The currents surrounded me. -Jonah 2:3, New Academy Translation   Sam sat high in the Endeavour’s crow’s nest, staring off into the distance.  The sun was high in the sky.  When the ratlines began to shake, he leaned over […]

Jun 18, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #27: The Ricker Manuscript

        No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH    Sam examined the book carefully in his hands.  It was handwritten in a green bound ledger of some kind.  The tight penmanship was broken up with drawings and diagrams.  “I have to ask,” said the Professor, […]

May 21, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #26: Professor Phineus Beecher

      …whether that cause be some central body (such as is the magnet in the centre of the magnetic force or the earth in the centre of the gravitating force), or anything else that does not yet appear. -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH   The Professor and the old lady escorted Sam and Adams […]

May 15, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #25: Blood in the Yard

        Does the watchman walk by the wall?’s  Does the mastiff prowl by the gate? Death has a hundred hands and walks by a thousand ways. He may come in the sight of all, he may pass unseen unheard. Come whispering through the ear, or a sudden shock on the skull. A […]

May 07, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #24: Getting Into Harvard

      The velocity of a body attracted towards an immovable centre, in spaces void of resistance, is reciprocally as the perpendicular let fall from that centre on the right line that touches the orbit. -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH   The two boys stared at each other for a moment.  Jack scanned the sky.  […]

May 02, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #23: Circles at Night

    He that understands the nature of the Circular Pendulum and Circular Motion, will easily understand the whole ground of this Principle, and will know where to find direction in Nature for the true stating thereof. -Robert Hooke   Sam stared down into the blackness with the empty line between his hands.  Jack’s escape […]

Apr 23, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #22: Jack the Lad

      …I am become a name; For always roaming with a hungry heart Much have I seen and known; cities of men And manners, climates, councils, governments… -Baron Tennyson, Ulysses   Even in the narrow cobblestone streets, the town’s lights were scattered and dim.  The darkness worked in Jack’s favor.  However, he missed […]

Apr 11, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #21: Adams Aweigh

      In the air all directions lead everywhere. –Admiral Herbert G. Wells   The Endeavour dropped low to the ocean near Marblehead late in the afternoon and turned inland.  The plan was to make a moonless approach on Boston after sundown.  Once back over land near the outskirts of Boston, the Iroquois requested […]

Apr 02, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #20: Pot Stirring

        Endless invention, endless experiment, Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; -Tom S. Eliot   Even with a band of Iroquois braves to lend a hand, the handful of rebels now running the Endeavour was barely big enough for a skeleton crew. It was most obvious at mealtime. There were […]

Mar 26, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #19: Homeward Bound

        The coal in South Wales alone is capable of supplying all England, at present rate of consumption, for 2,000 years. -Robert Bakewell, An Introduction to Geology [1815 Edition] Captain Jenkins of the SS Curling felt uneasy. He scanned the horizon nonstop. The sea rolled lightly. Tons of high-grade coal and pig […]

Mar 23, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #14: A Note From the Author: Part One of Three

In the fourth grade I wrote a book about a boy lost in the woods. His dog, an old, wise Golden Retriever eventually found the boy, deep behind a series of valleys, tucked beneath the canopy of a wide tree in the midst of a thunderstorm just before a quiet fox began to pounce on […]

Mar 20, 2017

Endeavour’s Fall #18: Execution

        “When it comes time to die, be not one whose heart is filled with the fear of death, weeping and praying to live his life over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” – Chief Aupumut Running Bear approached the palisade where […]