Pictures of Houses with Water Damage is a collection of stories about disillusioned people making sense of their lives: when patriotism to fight in Iraq turns to the betrayal of love; when a desert trip to rekindle love turns into the betrayal of home; when the safety of home becomes a betrayal of the heart. Telephones ring and no one is on the other line and people mindlessly watch Star Trek reruns on TV because that reality makes more sense in their worlds. Gun shots go off in the homes of neighbors—is it real, on the TV, did someone get killed or hurt? What sort of violence is capable within the random people we meet or the folks who live beyond the thin walls of home? These stories explore the meaning of the little things in every day lives, reaching for the greater end game of love, loyalty, and compassion.