Nonfiction

    A MOTHER’S SIGH By Susan Bloch

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    A MOTHER’S SIGHby Susan Bloch  In a Congolese village, it is dark. Smoke dribbles up and up, blemishing the light from the sickle moon. Thatched roofs have collapsed. Shrapnel...

    NO DRUDGE, NO GRUDGE

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    NO DRUDGE, NO GRUDGEby Nancy Wick  I was thirty-nine and I was finally getting married. After years of entanglements with inappropriate men leading to heartbreak and disappointment, I had...

    NAMES By Nancy Wick

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    NAMESby William Alton  My mom was a Neel of the Izard Neels. We were the people folks avoided in Izard’s one bar. We were the people folks whispered about...

    A GRATITUDE PERSPECTIVE by Diana Raab

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    A GRATITUDE PERSPECTIVEby Diana Raab, PhD When my kids were young, I was always reminding them that they needed to put their “problems” in the proper perspective. What was...

    FIFTY YEARS WITH CATS By Terry Sanville

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    FIFTY YEARS WITH CATSby Terry Sanville No, not the musical ­– but actual four-legged felines, critters that own property around the world and allow some humans to act as...

    CAMPING AS SOLACE byJosie Hughes

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    CAMPING AS SOLACEby Josie Hughes 1992Pregnant with my youngest son, between semesters working on a PhD in playwriting, I planned a trip with my husband and 3-year-old son to...

    THE BREATH OF A TIRE by BellaBianca Lynn

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    THE BREATH OF A TIREby BellaBianca Lynn Her round nose stands only about a foot or so away from the garage stairs. She seems to have had more addresses than I...

    OUR WHOLE LIFE IS A SERIES OF SIGNS By Jake Morrill

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    OUR WHOLE LIFE IS A SERIES OF SIGNSby Jake Morrill   I worked at a group home in Coralville, Iowa. It was for teens who could no longer live where they came from. From...

    REVISITING THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS: MYSTICISM, LOVE, AND MAGICAL SURREALISM by Wally...

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    REVISITING THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS: MYSTICISM, LOVE, AND MAGICAL SURREALISM by Wally Swist  Although there are several competitive themes vying for the one central theme in The House of the...