Kimberly Joy Lambert wrote a marvellous piece for our contest in 2005 called 'Lake Kon-See -Kwents: A Cautionary Tale, and she went on to win the contest with it.
I recently heard from her sister Theresa that Kimberly passed away suddenly in May of this year, from a respiratory illness, complicated by asthma.
If you'd like to read a brief write-up of Kimberley's life, you can find her here: (Northland Funeral Home -- Kimberly Joy Lambert).
My memories of Kimberly are best encapsulated in this opening paragraph from her story -- I remember the first time reading this story, roaring with laughter throughout. I'm so glad she shared her gift for writing with us!
You can find the full story printed in the 2005 SiWC Anthology, but here is a little taste:
From: LAKE KON-SEE-KWENTS: A CAUTIONARY TALE
by Kimberly Joy Lambert
Rhoda sits in the passenger seat of the Hummer, her hands fluttering above the gun in her lap as if it is a spitting cat. “Hail Mary, full of grace,” she begins.
“You’re not Catholic,” I snap, jerking the wheel to avoid a pothole.
“I know, but right now I wish I was. Jews don’t have confession.”
We are driving to my cabin on Lake Kon-See-Kwents to shoot my husband. Dick and I have been married for twenty-two years and he is cheating on me. I know what you’ll say: it’s just a mid-life thing, all men do it, and it’s not that big a deal. Well, all men belch, too, and I don’t think that’s okay, either—although I wouldn’t shoot them for belching. Probably.
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