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Gary Margolis: Ending the War

one morning
in August, she can walk
away from her fury
of pines, and catch
her breath

August 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Pilar Lopez-Cantero: Your love story is a narrative that gets written in tandem

By coming to recognise the degree to which overlapping and different narratives shape our expectations in love, we can avoid some of the worst outcomes.

May 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Anne Fishel: Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Being stuck with your partner 24/7 may leave you pondering the expression “for better or worse, but not for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

April 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Judith Sanders: Late to Meet You at the Indian Restaurant

So I drove, and listened to the news, about
the demise of democracy and collapse of civilization
head-beams probing the dark like outstretched hands.

February 12, 2020 · 5 Comments

Leslie McGrath: The Death of Dogs

In the middle of the night when he thinks
I’m asleep, Bill will weep without sound
shaking the bed like a curse at God

January 15, 2020 · 10 Comments

Thom Hartman: How America Broke Up With The Democratic Party

Many grassroots Democrats separated from their party in the 1990s, and the 2020 election may be the last chance to save the marriage.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Marriage

that moment when you know
you did this one thing right

April 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jocelyn Elise Crowley: Baby boomers are divorcing for surprisingly old-fashioned reasons

At first, Kathy, 53 years old, spoke to me calmly, but as the minutes ticked away, her voice started to crack. Her husband had a long-standing problem with alcohol. The … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Yahya Frederickson: Hussam’s Heart

 al-Wa’r, Syria .  My flat smells stale, so I go ask Hussam, the young neighborhood grocer, if he sells incense, a shard to crumble over my censer’s coals. He raises … Continue reading

February 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Judith A. Brice: Berries, Bittersweet

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things… “Kindness” — Naomi Shihab Nye . After they’d split my brain, mended the artery that burst asunder and left … Continue reading

December 29, 2018 · 3 Comments

Judith A. Brice: To Charlie, Beyond the Mist

Will the mist have vanished from the lake by the time you read this? — birthday note to Charlie from a good friend What she couldn’t know was your eyes warm … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Divorce Court Barbie™ (Ken™ Drives Away With All of My Things)

I was no Fairytale Bride™ but I came with a Barbie Daybed,™ A Bath Fun Playset,™ and a large, pink Desire Barbie Dildo Vibrator™ for when Ken™ forgot to come … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Stars

The man took the wrong fork in the road. It was out in the country. They saw no signs. It was getting dark. They began to blame each other. Should … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Head Over Heels

It’s not often that a student film gets nominated for an Oscar, but such was the case with Head Over Heels, the graduate film of animator Timothy Reckart that went … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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