by Alice Ellis, Glen Allen, VA

Story prompt: Write your own river story…

Being by the river puts all the small daily tensions and problems in perspective. It is a reminder that our world is shaped by mighty forces so much stronger than we are. Yet the beauty of the James should remind us to value and respect the natural environment around us, lest we tip those forces the wrong way.

Artwork: “You’re Never Alone on the River.” 20”x16”, mixed media and collage.