…we wade into the frigid water, heedless of my fear, to a fallen log that is at the river’s edge as if waiting for us. We heard a startling cry from the woods, we push off together, an unspoken bond, then floating fast away. I was looking back seeing no one in pursuit when the man said words I barely understood. “We need to get farther down river.” ~ from Dangers of The Wilderness, New York, 1755 by J.D. Holiday, in STORIES AND IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT.
Artist And Children’s Book Author, Jan Britland
Jan Britland is an artist and children’s book author. Jan and her husband Bill, live with two . The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog started with a dog that was tied to a tree in Jan’s New Jersey neighborhood. The dog would climb up into the tree if it was raining or if it was hot to keep cool. As she would drive her children to school, Jan would make up stories about “Rodger Dodger” and the adventures he would have up in the tree.
In front of old man Sushel’s, the house next door, Tony shouted, “OH, SHIT! Max, look. Look! Is he dead?”
“What? Who?” Max moved to where Tony was as the wind swirled again, and the leaves fluttered at Tony’s feet. And there he was. A small boy laid there, motionless. Unlike the leaves around him he lay undisturbed by the wind gust.
Max stepped away. It was just a little kid. He looked asleep, his dark skin was a shade of blue and purple, almost translucent. Thin parchment spanning a fragile frame.
The boy wore black jeans and an orange T-shirt with a ‘Save The Oceans’ logo across his chest. A crusted gash was on his forehead. Any time now he’d move, open his eyes and jump up, laughing.
“He’s dead,” Tony said again, this time contemptuously, his eyes wells of tears.
Max’s chest felt crushed like the time he’d fallen on his back from the school yard jungle gym and he couldn’t pull air in. He managed to say, “Maybe he’s not.” ~ from The Boy In The Leaves, a short story by JD Holiday
I saw this on Pinterest. But the artist is unknown.
“The Muted Ridge,” by Renato Muccillo 12 x 24 – oil $2500 Custom framed