44 Cherry St

44 Cherry Street is a fictionalized account of the joys and woes of the residents of a four-unit apartment building that exists only in the mind of the author.

The current residents are:

Lorraine, who worries constantly about her weight and her appearance, but is a perfectly lovely youthful 75 year old.

Frederick, Lorraine’s husband of only a few years. He welcomed Lorraine back no questions asked after she disappeared for a year and had a torrid love affair with El Chapo at his jungle hideaway.

Ellie, the other upstairs neighbor, whose heart was broken when Lorraine returned and her hopes of seducing Frederick were dashed. She will not recover from the departure of Donald Trump from office, and she will probably move out as soon as her lease is up. 

Elrod, who is a middle aged carpenter with a false sense of self-confidence. Despite his scrawny body with a pot belly full of Bud, his missing teeth, his unkempt red hair, and his poor hygiene, he fancies himself a ladies’ man. 

Neetu, a guru-following vegan who seems to have an endless supply of sweet incense. Because of her the whole building smells of Nag Champa. Neetu is trying to save up enough money to move to her guru’s ashram in India.

Posts are organized with the most recent at the top of the page for our up to date story lovers.  If you’d like to start at the beginning click here, we’ll shoot ya right to the bottom of the page, where it all began.

At Mac’s Love Nest

Wonderful plates and cutlery for little kids Lorraine and Mac were a new couple and still trying to figure each other out. Lorraine had had some bad experiences with men, most recently the departure of her husband Frederick after he found out about her affair with El...

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In the Belly of the Beast

Where's Waldo? Find me wearing the new Trade Cloth red cotton blouse! So cool and comfortable Lorraine was glad that she had remembered to bring her inhaler. As Mac cracked open the door of his place, she was overwhelmed by the strong mildew smell. She reached into...

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Going to the Love Shack

As they drove on I-240 towards Asheville on the way to Mac’s apartment for a romantic weekend away, Lorraine found that she had made her legs bleed from the scratching she had been doing. Mac’s car was crawling with insects and Lorraine even spotted some mouse...

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How ’bout a wild weekend away?

Gorgeous water color painting by Joyce Black-Woerz Lorraine and Mac were in a good place. (her place…)  She had resigned herself to being with a guy who was probably cheating on her and who left her house a mess, but was at least free-spirited. He was happy to...

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Further News of Lorraine and Mac

Fictional account of life at 44 Cherry Street in Black Mountain 3x4' landscape view from Black Mountain by Ann Watcher Recently Lorraine caught a glimpse of herself in the hall mirror of her apartment at 44 Cherry Street, and was horrified by her looks. Normally...

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Memorial Day is for Memories

Cute vintage Peewee Herman doll. It is now mute, however. Lorraine was not big on holidays. She had never had children and saw most holidays as a push to spend money on other people, and in her opinion, most of the people in her life didn’t deserve a present. Besides,...

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Lorraine Takes a Hard Look

Mac, Lorraine’s live-in boyfriend, had disappeared. Maybe he was out there (doing his so-called job) selling used magazines, but more than likely, he was hiking somewhere in Montreat with a woman he had picked up somewhere. He’d be back, surely, when he got hungry. ...

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Lorraine and Mac at Home

1917 Smith Corona Typewriter Needs some love! $50 44 Cherry Street is a fictional account of some fictional characters who live in Black Mountain.  Lorraine is the only remaining resident of the four-plex after Covid and the landlord’s upgrading of the building led to...

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So, Is Lorraine a Hot Tamale?

Find out at 44 Cherry Street Some last minute Easter gifts are here https://ashevillecreativearts.org/mainstage-productions/ Click above for tickets and information for Humans! There has been so much going on in the past few weeks! I have been working hard with Julie...

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New Face on Cherry Street

44 Cherry Street: Fiction Mac Buchanan sat in the last pew at Black Mountain Pres looking beatific. He was ostensibly moved by the sermon by the pastor, Mary Katherine Robinson, but he had his mind occupied by other things. Mac had the chiseled features of a...

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Spill it, Sister!

What's up at 44 Cherry Street? Last week when I asked Lorraine about Frederick, she burst into tears and told me between sobs that he was gone! “Gone???” I asked. “What in the world happened?” Grandpa Ron and Max She was crying hard and couldn’t speak, so I offered to...

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Excitement on Cherry Street

Stephanie barely recognized Lorraine when she waltzed into Chifferobe and plopped down in Ron’s big leather chair. Her cloud of jet black hair, usually a trademark of Lorraine’s, had turned a lovely Covid-gray. Still it was coiffed into a helmet as always, and she...

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What happens at Sourwood…

Stays at Sourwood Handblown glass tumblers I carried in my arms from Flagstaff. $50 each Sourwood Festival has ended with a loud splash. The annual event (except for last year, of course) always attracts crowds, but this year people in a “post-Covid-oops-here comes...

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What’s that smell?

Scary doll with uncertain roots. The newly renovated four-plex apartment building at 44 Cherry Street was still vacant in two units, one upstairs across the hall from longtime tenants Lorraine and Frederick, and one downstairs across from new tenant Susan from LA. The...

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Who Are All These People?

And what are they doing here? Chain saw created crow 44 Cherry Street: A fictional account of real life (and imaginary) happenings in Black Mountain. Find previous episodes on my website. Susan was excited about renting an apartment in the newly renovated building at...

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A Surprise Visit!

I was walking up to the Dripolator to get a mocha frappe yesterday afternoon, when I spotted Lorraine sitting on the porch of 44 Cherry Street with a frown on her face and a sign clutched in her hands. The sign read, “ Hell No, Wackos! I won’t go!! Find another...

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Charlotte Invasion

Potted Coleus I passed by 44 Cherry Street on my way to the bank and wasn’t surprised to see troops of workmen digging up the yard  and tearing appliances and sheetrock out of the building. Lorraine had told me that the owner wanted to renovate so he could attract a...

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What’s Lorraine Up to Now?

Someone asked me the other day about the folks at 44 Cherry Street, and I realized I hadn’t spoken with any of them in a while, so I gave Lorraine a call. It took a few attempts before she called me back. She is one of those people who hardly ever answers her phone...

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Lorraine’s Latest Woes

Dog in Christmas Finery It was that magical/stressful time between Thanksgiving and Christmas and Lorraine found herself daydreaming about holidays past and anxious about the pressures of Christmas present. She loved the holidays, but wanted everything to be perfect,...

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FAKE NEWS!!!

Bittersweet Wreath $35 Elrod was awakened in his sour bed by the sweet tones of Dolly Parton singing “i can see the sun of a bright new morning, I can see the sun of a bright new day, I can see the sun of a bright new morning, and I know everything’s gonna be okay.”...

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Elrod Gets Fired Up

Portrait of Elrod by Ellen Phillips Elrod was saddened and confused by the death of the Notorious RBG thinking it had been The Notorious BIG who had passed. He was confused, because he thought that Biggie Smalls, the Notorious RBG, had died long before in a shootout...

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Trouble in Paradise

Our heroes socks $15 Lorraine was concerned about the current unrest in Black Mountain. According to her source the town leaders had declared Martial Law and had grown too big for their boots. When the Mayor resigned, the Aldermen chose one of their own to replace...

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Party of One at the Bluebird Cafe

Fresh sunflowers in Jim McDowell Vase Lorraine was stunned that she had sung her heart out for an audience of only one at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.  “Big Jimmy!  I thought I was supposed to make my Nashville debut tonight. I spent a fortune on my new...

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Lorraine Busts a Move

Lorraine at the Bluebird Cafe by Ellen Phillips Lorraine spent a whirlwind day shopping for her country music debut later that night. It was so hard to decide what clothing would work best for this audience. Her previous singing experience had been with the Asheville...

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Bluebird Cafe, Here She Comes!

Water Lettuce Lorraine was so thrilled about her conversation with the big man at the Nashville club that she couldn’t sleep. She tossed and turned in her motel bed and imagined herself as a big star in the Nashville scene. The man who told her to call him Big Jimmy...

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What Happens in Nashville?

Lorraine was tired of driving, but she was thrilled because she was getting closer.  She was in Tennessee after hours and hours behind the wheel and had only to traverse the state and she would be within striking distance of Black Mountain. She decided to spend her...

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Catching Up with the Gang

44 Cherry Street Cherry Street Neighbors Lorraine is en route in her rental car back to Black Mountain from her sister Bulimia’s house in Texas. Her long drive gives us a chance to catch our breath and recap what’s going on. In this time of craziness, it’s easy to...

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Bye-Bye Bulimia

Bulimia gives Lorraine the stink eye Lorraine had her first successful, peaceful visit with her sister Bulimia ever. She and Mia agreed not to discuss politics, and Lorraine cast a fond eye on her sister and Bubba, her husband, as she now saw them as gay. She was...

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Such a Surprise for Lorraine!

Insulated Wine Cup (says it all!!) Lorraine hadn’t visited her sister Bulimia in years and consequently had trouble finding her house. Her sister’s neighborhood was a Monopoly board of mini-mansions that spiraled around each other on short streets that terminated in...

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A Touchdown in Texas

Roomy handmade boho purse by Sheila Martin $150 True to his word, the emissary from El Chapo drove Lorraine in air conditioned comfort across the border into Texas. He was not kidding when he declared that his boss had an agreement with US Immigration to go back and...

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Ransom of Red Chief

Unique Jewelry, just for fun. Necklaces and Earrings Lorraine’s companions were better at hiding than she was. First of all they were accustomed to running away from threats, while Lorraine had always lived in a bubble of privilege. Second, however, they were more...

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Wandering in the Desert

The small troop of campesinos trudged onward across the desert approaching the US border. They were hot as hell, hungry, and thirsty. Lorraine was doing her best to keep up, but the blisters on her feet were the size of walnuts. Every muscle in her body ached. She...

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OOH Boy! Is She HOT!

Portrait of Lorraine by Ellen Phillips Lorraine sat in the corner of the Mexican cafe with the rest of the group who would be attempting to sneak across the US border with her. She was in the habit of comparing herself to others around her to make sure she was “the...

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Lorraine Primps

@44 Cherry Street Moroccan Rugs and Turkish Pillows...All handmade The day had finally come for Lorraine’s departure. She was ready to begin the difficult journey back across the border to the US. It was insane, she thought, that she, an American citizen and tax...

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Lorraine Dresses for Success

“Walk around in these boots to be sure they done’ give you blisters,” ordered the greasy backwards cap guy. “I can tell already just by looking at them that these boots are too wide. Didn’t I tell you that I have unusually narrow feet? I have to order…” began...

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What to Wear on the Road?

This scary sculpture is by Amy Sanders. About 12" tall. $75 Lorraine ate her tacos and still felt hungry, so she ordered a dozen more and another cerveza and thought ahead to her trip back to Black Mountain. She had come to a decision and she motioned for the swarthy...

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Running from El Chapo

Lorraine is on the road back towards Black Mt. Pearl is enjoying Curtis Creek Lorraine was exhausted from the long ride on the donkey cart that had brought her to this cantina in a dusty Mexican pueblo. She was a little drunk from passing the wine skin back and forth...

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What an ASS!

LATEST LAUREL Lorraine was on the road! She had felt a leading to leave the splendor of the hacienda of El Chapo to return to the States to rescue dogs from the danger of Covid-19. She had seen a news report on her cell phone where the cutest pug had contracted the...

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Lorraine Hits the Road

towards 44 Cherry Street All Lorraine could think about were the poor dogs in the US who were quarantined with their neurotic owners because of the Corona Virus. There wasn’t a solid block of time in their days when they were left in peace to sneak up on the couch to...

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Love in the Time of Corn Teen

The residents of 44 Cherry Street were suffering the effects of the corona virus shared by many Americans. It was harder and harder to find fresh food, and the line at Bounty and Soul with its gifts of produce and flowers went on for a mile down State Street. The...

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Elrod Scores on Super Bowl Sunday

Charming hand made paper kites from India By Super Bowl Sunday Elrod had moved in with Neetu. He enjoyed the diaphanous curtains in the window, the sweet cinnamon-scented treats she fed him, the neatness of her apartment, and the smell of incense that filled the...

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Fed Up!

The first of the Amaryllis is blooming! 44 Cherry Street: Lorraine takes a Xanax Things were a little rocky at 44 Cherry St. The pressure of hosting Thanksgiving dinner for Frederick’s family was too much for Lorraine, and she had become short-tempered. She snapped at...

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Watch Out!

Lorraine wasn’t looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. She and Frederick had been married just over one year and she was beginning to get used to his family. She had never had children herself and was happy to have inherited two friendly adult children and three...

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Lorraine Contemplates Revenge

  When they were finishing their coffee, Stephanie told Lorraine that she would feel bad killing Slim, even though she did consider him a worthless dirtbag, but if Lorraine wanted to simply torture Slim a bit, she would help. Slim had broken Lorraine’s tender...

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Irma Cometh

Life On Cherry Street is Bittersweet!   I need to explain myself I think. One of my readers was upset and confused by my last newsletter. She, like others I imagine, had no idea what in the world I was writing about in the latest news from 44 Cherry Street. “Why...

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Liberal Application of Febreeze

The next day after her surprise visit from Peter, Lorraine spent the morning cleaning her apartment and spraying the couch with Febreeze to get rid of the smell Peter had left behind. She was disgusted with herself for encouraging him by serving him food and drink and...

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Hot Buttered Conversation

Lorraine settled herself on the French slipper chair with bright chintz slipcover opposite the couch where Peter was sprawled. They were both sipping Hot Buttered Rum out of chunky vintage Buffalo China mugs. Lorraine kept the cup under her nose to mute the smell of...

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Peter Has Second Thoughts

The February weather in Black Mountain had been brutal. Despite a few amazingly brilliant days where Sunny and Tom had eaten outside in the sunshine at the Black Mountain Ale House wearing short sleeved shirts, the Arctic Blast the weather people had threatened swept...

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Oh, Kanye!

Lorraine woke up on the morning of February 13 with a smile on her face. She rubbed her eyes and turned over on her side, snuggling down under the down comforter, willing herself to fall back asleep. She was having a delicious dream. She was dancing slowly with Kanye...

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Beware of Valentine’s Day

Christmas Day was a distant memory and Lorraine had recovered from the “bag full of skinned squirrel episode” (except in an occasional bad dream, where the bloody animal started moving and snarled and snapped at her…). January was drawing to a close and Valentine’s...

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Will Lorraine work out?

Christmas Morning…Two Lorraine was digesting what Peter was saying, but the queasiness she felt made digesting her food difficult. Eat babies? Eat Suki?? She looked at the greasy platter on which the bacon had been before Peter had devoured most of it, and she thought...

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Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Morning. Lorraine woke with a warm feeling of goodwill toward men. She had met with some of her girlfriends earlier in the week and they had exchanged small but heart-felt gifts. Colleen had given her a necklace that she had made, Sheela Repoley gave her a...

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Lorraine’s Wish List

Lorraine made little clusters of dry weeds, rose hips, holly berries, pine cones, baby’s breath, and some hydrangea she had hung upside down last summer and dried. She tied these to her tree and made some popcorn balls and strings of cranberries to add to the...

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Lorraine hears jingle bells

Lorraine decided to decorate the apartment for Christmas, but she wanted to keep things low-key. She bought a small Christmas tree for twenty dollars at a lot across from the Monte Vista and lugged it upstairs to her place. She rooted around in the back of her...

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Lorraine Takes the Reins

Lorraine was snug in her apartment at 44 Cherry Street. Fall was turning to winter, but the old-fashioned radiators worked like a charm, in spite of some loud banging noises every now and then. She had called her landlord, Barry, and he had assured her that the noise...

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Peter and his Pick-Axe

Like Matthew with his silver hammer coming down on someone’s head, Peter with his shiny new pick-axe sliced through the main power lines leading into 44 Cherry St. He was simply trying to dig a foundation for the floor on which his yurt would rest, but ended up making...

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44 Cherry Street, Chapter 9

  The day after the party, Chip awoke with a big smile on his face and a big-time hangover pounding in his head. Alison had provided a keg of Pisgah Pale Ale, his favorite, and he had enjoyed too much of it. When Chip had arrived at the party, he had located...

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44 Cherry Street, Chapter 8

44 Cherry Street  Chapter 8 Chip was in turmoil. He was trying to decide what to wear to Alison’s party. He didn’t want to look too alternative, but he also didn’t want to look to stuffy. It was a tough dilemma. He didn’t know Alison well enough to tell what her vibe...

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44 Cherry St. | Chapter 3

Chapter 3   Chip is Montreat-Bound  Chip was awakened by the squawking of a mockingbird perched on a branch of the big Rose of Sharon outside his window. Every morning at exactly 7:05 this creature proudly ran through his repertoire of songbird imitations. Today...

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