STRANGERS By Jeff Bakkensen

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STRANGERSBy Jeff Bakkensen No one ever came to the motel without being seen a long way off. From one side was all flat with nothing growing more than thigh...

WILL I DIE OF HEAT STROKE? By Ruth Deming

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WILL I DIE OF HEAT STROKE?by Ruth Deming My metallic gray Nissan with its red racing stripe sped confidently into the parking lot of Staples, a seven-minute drive from...

JAM SESSION by Svitlana Matiushenko-Musyj

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 “Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” ― Immanuel Kant      She was challenging herself again, “Can I do it? Maybe I can...

OUR CELLS By McKenzie Fletcher

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OUR CELLSby McKenzie Fletcher  People want me to talk about it. They say it will help. But I am more focused on the way the chair feels hard and cold under me, so...

THE DINNER TABLE by Frances Guerin

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The Dinner Table By Frances Guerin Dinner at 29 Alpha Road was a formal occasion. My family sat around an antique oak table...

BURBOT By Brandon Stillwell

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BURBOTby Brandon Stillwell It secretes a thick slime, so viscous it forms webbing between your fingers. Its body the color of decaying milfoil, is patterned as if worms have...

STACI by Jeff Loeb

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The house was only blocks away, so I got there in minutes. Staci’s sobs were already breathless heaves. All I could do was hold her and utter empty words: “What is it,...

UNITY By Kenneth Norris

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UNITYby Kenneth Noris   White was at the top of the color chart, superior to all. Dominant to all mankind on the universe. White ruled the nation from coast to coast. White people were...

BERKELEY REVISITED – By Alice Lowe

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BERKELEY REVISITEDBy Alice Lowe I was 42 when I first set foot on the “Cal” campus, the University of California, Berkeley. I still can feel the shockwaves—instant, intense—followed by...