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Kimberly Parish Davis: The Messenger

When he came to the bottom of his street he could hear the screams. Chaos unfolded before him. Houses were burning and women were running hunched over as they tried to protect their children. Soldiers on horseback ran them down, shooting and slashing and impaling people indiscriminately.

February 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Sean Connolly: Invasion

The low winter sun streaks through the streets and the dry hedges and barren trees shed a maroon dust. The birds go batty in Appalachia, celebrating an early spring, and … Continue reading

February 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Bob Marley | Redemption Song

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?

January 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

Peter Makuck: Day on the River

It was during Christmas vacation that I first met Mr. Talbot.  His son, Jean-Luc, was my good friend and classmate at a small Franciscan college in a French-Canadian enclave in … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Peter Makuck: Triggers

That look on his face.  After all these years, I’d love to punch him again.

October 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: Moments with Crochet Hooks

Back then she and her mother waited for the phone to ring, for money to plump itself up and walk through their door. Moments passed with yarn and crochet hooks.

July 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Angie’s Place

Where back in the corner, there’s always some guy in a Pirates ballcap with skin like an old leather shoe who’s nursing the cheapest beer on tap….

June 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When I Shut the Door

The news arrived by e-mail — a scribble of a long, single sentence, broken up, like little chunks of wood, the way a year is broken up into months and weeks, days, hours.

June 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Dan Turello: Craft your own renaissance with tips from Boccaccio’s Decameron

A few years ago, on a crisp winter afternoon, I found a beautiful bound translation of The Decameron at the Black Swan bookstore in Staunton, Virginia….I bought it immediately and took it back to a friend’s cabin where a group of us had gathered for the weekend.

May 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: The Box

You’ve heard the phrase “Think outside the box”?

May 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass & Jeff Friedman: Wig

The wig arrived in a pretty pink box. I’d ordered it online from a wig shop. Silky, blonde and long, it felt as if I were entertaining a movie star in my hallway. Grace Kelly in a box on my couch. So nice to meet you, I said, slipping it on.

April 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Peter Makuck: Recycled (corrected version)

His girlfriend sat in the car. The other cop was at the passenger door, probably shouting for her to exit the vehicle with your hands above your head where I can see them. I watch too many “Law and Order” reruns.

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

James Joyce: Thus the Unfacts

Someday duly, oneday truly, twosday newly, till whensday.

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Thirsty Kevin’s Big Date

Kevin goes on his first date in 20 years, but makes one disastrous mistake.

February 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

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