Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Leave It to Beavers and Drive-Thru in the Courts. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


Amanda looked out the back door, her lips pursed dubiously. It wasn’t the increasingly large hole that worried her, although she wondered where Kevin intended to put all that dirt and whether the lawn would grow back. She also wondered if Kevin would be able to climb out of the hole when he was done.

He’d probably brought the ladder from the garage, but she couldn’t see it over the stacks of lumber, sacks of concrete, piles of decorative stone, lengths of PVC pipe, and rows of potted plants. All of that was why Amanda worried.

“Dear?” she called. “Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”

“Relax,” Kevin called between grunts. The words seemed to fly out of the hole along with the dirt flung from his shovel. “I bought a book on this. It’s right there on the patio table.”

Amanda had seen it. Building Your Decorative Koi Pond, Step-by-Step, its cover proclaimed. Maybe. Amanda would have felt more confident had the book been titled Learning to Crawl Before Learning To Walk Before Building Your Decorative Koi Pond, Step-by-Step.

“Would you like a glass of iced tea?” Amanda called.

“I’m good for now,” Kevin replied. “But could you bring the ladder from the garage?”


Have fun!