Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

“There’s All Kinds of Beauty in Life”


March 6th, 2020 Posted 10:54 am

Our perp was tall and lean and ran very well. For a human, I should add, meaning he was in fact on the slowish side. I loped along behind him as he headed toward the edge of the roof. At the same time, I glanced back to see what was keeping Bernie. And there he was, popping up through the open hatchway from the top floor of the building. My Bernie! The sky was a fiery orange, the way the sky gets around here when the sun goes down, and so Bernie’s eyes and teeth were orange, too. There’s all kinds of beauty in life.

– from Of Mutts and Men, coming July – but available for preorder this very minute.


On Beauty


August 13th, 2018 Posted 8:42 am

As for Bernie’s big crooked nose: What’s it for? Just beauty? Is that enough? I tried to think about that, got as far as: Why not? Hey! Beauty was enough!



Chetspeak on Sunday


July 12th, 2015 Posted 8:12 am

We walked over to our place and around to the back gate. Bernie unlocked it and we went inside. “Welcome,” he said. “I’m Bernie Little, by the way.”

“Ellie,” said special investigator Newburg. “I like your fountain,” she added as they shook hands.

“It’s a swan.”

Ellie Newburg quickly let go of Bernie’s hand. “I can see that.”

“A bit abstract,” Bernie said. “This particular rendering, which was why I mentioned it.”

“It’s not abstract to me,” said Ellie. “And it captures the essence of swans very well, in my opinion.”

“The essence being?”

“That beauty can be nasty inside.”

Then came a silence in which they both quickly looked at each other and quickly looked away. No idea what that was all about. What were we even doing? I had no idea. But it was always nice to be on the patio. No complaints, amigo.

– from SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY (coming Bastille Day – which happens to be this Tues.!)



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