When Judy Gorham sits down to write she is often inspired by the many different people she has met over the years. Her focus is on short fiction and poetry which she has been writing all her life. She divides her time between Vancouver, Washington and the Long Beach Peninsula on Washington’s coast.  She lives with her husband, artist Gregory Gorham, and her associate, assistant and accomplice the beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ozzie.

We daydream in tandem
Wandering byways.
The way weaves on.
We’ve planned no destination.

We share memories--
Delve into their origins.
Looking to the horizon
We guess at the future

Between pop-up trees
The sky lies open
like a V shaped space
between pages of a book.

The radio rocks on,
The road rolls out,
Crossroads come and go,
Clouds float overhead.

We are on our way..

The stories in Crossroads and Byways were inspired by experiences and observations, things read and stories told. This book contains twenty-one short stories of ordinary people traveling down the road of life, including the intersections that pop up along the way. There are choices to be made and consequences to face, as well as journeys through the land of memory. You will find love, friendship and family connections, past and present, which help make the search worth the effort.

“Crab Walking and Other Stories” by Judy Gorham is a captivating collection of short stories that explores a range of themes, from love and loss to forgiveness and personal growth. The book features 19 stories that offer readers an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences, emotions, and challenges.

One of the most powerful stories in the collection is “Crab Walking,” which tells the story of a woman who is struggling to come to terms with her recent divorce. The author captures the complexities of emotions that come with separation and the struggle to find one's own identity after years of marriage. The story raises questions about the difficult choices that must be made when faced with a loved one in a coma and the moral and ethical dilemmas that arise when making decisions about organ donation.

“The Travel Companion” is another standout story in the collection. Set in the 1960s, the story explores themes of travel, companionship, and personal growth. It follows the unlikely friendship between two women from different worlds who meet on a train journey to Seattle. The characters are well-developed, and their conversations highlight the contrasts in their personalities and life experiences

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