The Whetstone

The Whetstone is our blog space where we sharpen our own words, voice, and spirit. You’ll find pieces on English usage, tips for English writing, editing, and learning, and Biblical studies.


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Short stories

Stories by John van Vliet | Illustrations by Jennie van Vliet

Even the Stones Will Cry Out

“We are lovers of ourselves, and no one else. We are boasters, and proud. We call evil things good, and good things evil. In fact, we despise things which are good. We deny a higher power, but act like we are the higher power. And all of these things are driving us from the Lord…

And God Remembered Him

Most of the human race has left Earth, fearing its demise by their own hands was imminent. Few remain on the planet and are kept entertained by devices that can vividly play back their most cherished memories.

Henry is one such person who thrives on the joys of yesteryear. The nomadic man frequently moves…


Critters come to their favourite watering hole to discuss the latest ongoings and controversies within their village. Meanwhile, one critter has a secret — or perhaps secrets — to hide.