MY STORY by Kimberlyn Caywood

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I never made a decision for myself, not until I moved out just shy of my twenty second birthday. After I won a merit scholarship of $25,000 (and later, was given $100,000,...

THE TRANSCENDENT POWER OF BROTHERLY LOVE by Allen Maller

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God made human beings because God loves stories. (Elie Wiesel) There are all kinds of stories. Some are taken from reality and processed through inspiration, other rise up from an instant of...

HOME AND THE WORLD by Michael Mooring

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Home and the World “To be a mass tourist, for me, is to become a pure late-date American: alien, ignorant, greedy for something you cannot ever have, disappointed in...

FINDING FAMILY by Stefanie Wass

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My husband has always known he was adopted. I found out by sticking my foot in my mouth. Early in our courtship, when we were both...

BIG AND BIGGER LIES: Did We All Just Fall Off the Turnip Truck? By...

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Recently I came across a magazine that featured photos of postcards inmates of the Nazi death camps at Lublin had written in the early 1940’s. The inmates were urged to send postcards...

DON’T GO ANYWHERE by James Hanna

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Since retiring and moving to Florida, my wife, Mary, and I have become news junkies. This is not because we have more time to fill, but because the news has acquired the...

TASTING NOTES by Shanti L. Nelson

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We’re deep into our routine when quarantine hits. Once a week, chocolate cake and instant coffee. Black with two white sugars, never brown. He’s always taken it this way. “Since the war.”...

NO MORE TEARS by Kristin Gunner

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“I don’t want any tears.” My Papaw occasionally talked about his funeral, even before we knew he’d be gone soon. I promised him I wouldn’t cry when that day...

TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS by Frank Walters

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Temperature Fluctuations Prologemena My father touched me after he died.  I was writing at  night under a single lamp and I felt a tap on my...

A RICE NOODLE STORY ( AND OTHER ENCOUNTERS) by Ying Xuan Chian

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A rice noodle story (and other encounters) My mother recently recounted a story to me about the passing of her grandfather. I then realized how grief can be such...