||The following stories were written from 1991 through 1996. My primary objective is to captivate each reader, to gain a complete trust, for the walk across a canyon on a fundamental, yet carefully constructed bridge. The limitation of using the short form requires the most precise selection of details that creates the story where something memorable takes shape, materializes. One advantage of the short story is a limited relief from the responsibility to relate every thing, each detail. This proportionally increases my responsibility as writer, to be honest with each reader. Every detail of scene, character, setting and plot must be interwoven with each segment that both precedes and follows. Every word is required to be essential. Revision is something that does not end. Each time I read one of these pieces, I can see a clearer path over the trail. I know that I err in requiring my reader to assume the same pace as myself. When I revise, I find more color, a clearer view of the landscape or what year a certain pickup truck was made. I know I am successful when my work is read by a friend and I am told, I remember when that happened, as if it were part of their memory. Yet, they have questions, they observe and think. This collection was written as nonfiction, pushed over the edge. Each detail must be considered as a truth in itself and together with every other story that is each of us. Whether as the writer or the reader, there is a complete journey when each is allowed to seek their own way. It is not being led by the hand to the end of the trail.