“Lights of Hope” by Kat Heckenbach I was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2004, which meant my treatment fell smack across the month of December. Chemo for Christmas was not something I looked forward to. I prayed every day that Christmas would not be ruined by my illness and treatment. With two small children, […]
(Originally published in Underneath the Juniper Tree, Nov. 2011 issue.) “Frog Face” by Kat Heckenbach Junie recognized them from school—Jason, the fat one with the buzzed head, and Denny, his ever-constant sidekick. The way they’d skulked over to the creek told her they were up to something. They couldn’t be here to swim; the air […]
Dude, By Kat Heckenbach “It looks like snot.” “What’s your point, Frankie?” If Frankie had been anything less than a computer language genius I wouldn’t allow him in my classroom, much less hire him as a lab assistant. “Well, dude…” I lifted my gaze from the microscope in front of me and glared at him.
I was born into a solidly Christian family. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles…Southern Baptist to the bone, every last one of them. And yet, despite the constant example of faith around me, I faltered for many years. High school was a rough time for me. My boyfriend was several years older and got me involved in […]