Peri checked her watch as she crawled along the freeway with the commuters. Like most inland towns, Walnut Ridge was lived in, not worked in. The residents left in the early morning, and drove south to Orange County, or west to Los Angeles. Their journey home began around three in the afternoon and lasted past six.
Four o’clock meant she was in the middle of traffic sludge.
If a Jewish pirate decided to retire to the Bronx, he and his wife, who was also a pirate, would probably be a lot like my Great Aunt and Uncle, Gussie and Harry.
Aunt Gussie had a black plastic patch over one lens of her glasses, Uncle Harry walked with a limp, they had a large green parrot that shouted curses in Yiddish. Their house was the perfect place to store treasure, a tall castle in a nearly deserted area at the end of the city. It was protected by thick, thorny bushes and by a screechy copper-colored dragon. To get there you took a train that few people knew about, a train you could board only if you knew the secret entrance.
Author of the bestselling collection,Endless: A Literate Passion (Saint Julian Press), Anne Tammel began Poets and Dreamers following a transformative journey throughout the Mediterranean. Featured in CBS Los Angeles, Poets and Dreamers has evolved into a worldwide circle of wise and creative authors, artists, poets, and dreamers who encourage wise creative experimentation while supporting the fruition of artistic pursuits.