Flash in the Pan

A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights


by Mary Ann Mcguire Mccomber

My son is a drama king. Answering the phone Tom told me if he stayed at UCD he would have a nervous breakdown. "Mom why I am going to the same school my family attended, majoring in Ag Econ when I hate farming? I want to make movies." Transferring to UCLA he produced Abilene, starring Ernest Borgnine ten years later.

On set I watched the character Jarvis die of a massive stroke. The critics praised Abilene. Tom called, "I'm coming home Mom I want to be a farmer." Abilene, a 20 year old DVD, collects dust.

Last week Don and I retired for the evening. First in bed I dozed off. Groggily I wondered, "Where is Don?" Then I saw Jarvis dying in Abilene.

I yelled, "Oh my God!" and ran to Don's dressing room, finding him collapsed, having a stroke, words slurring out a misshapen mouth, "I can't move!" 911 sent an ambulance and paramedics who rushed him to the hospital. MDs said, "Early intervention saved his life." I forgot to mention Abilene.

Mary Ann McGuire-McComber is a Sonoma County writer who, with The Venerable Gyatso Rimpoche, exiled Prime Minister of the Tibetan Nation, founded the retreat center Ari Bhod in the Tehachapi Mountains 6 years ago.

Eighteenth Flash

What The Living Do (inspired By Marie Howe’s Poem) by Jane Holly Love
When Frogs Sing by Laura Blatt
Picnic - 1969 by Tom Mcgee
Pididdle by Carol J. Howard
Sweet Illusion by Lenore Hirsch
Child Walking: Mother’s Day Tribute, 2009 by Mary Gaffney
Storm Clouds by Maggie Manning
Marriage One by Janet Jennings
Power Surges by Elaine Webster
Plug Shooter by John Macdonald
Niagara Falls (for Jon) by Tania Pryputniewicz
Bug Dance by Stacey Dennick
Summer’s Passion by Joan Zerrien

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