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    STRINGS IN OUR HANDS – By Erin Conway

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    STRINGS IN OUR HANDSBy Erin Conway I sat on Oscar’s front step in Guatemala, holding his daughter after her first birthday party.  After almost three years of Peace Corps...

    THE PRICE OF GINGER – By John Davidson

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    THE PRICE OF GINGERBy John Davidson “Have time for a story?” The driver looked over his shoulder. It was after midnight. After three in the time zone where I had...

    CICADAS – By Katy Major

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    CICADASBy Katy Major  If you live somewhere in the stretch between northeast Ohio—that’s where I am—and northwest Virginia, I don’t have to tell you: the fifth brood has emerged....

    SCREW, BUTTON, POTATO – By Jill Jepson

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    SCREW, BUTTON, POTATOBy Jill Jepson  The child has hair the color of butter and a bruise on her knee. She is sitting in flowered cotton pajamas on the linoleum floor of the small...

    THE COUNTRY OF THE PAST – By Michelle Cacho-Negrete

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    COUNTRY OF THE PASTBy Michelle Cacho-Negrete My husband Kevin and I drift along the Finnish-Russian border as though suspended on the edge of a dream, my dream of Russia,...

    FALLING FROM GRACE – By Ron McFarland

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    FALLINGS FROM GRACEBy Ron McFarland The little priest came from Ghana and had retired but remained active at Grace Episcopal in Oak Park, an upscale Chicago suburb where the...

    HYPERION – By Thomas N. Hackney

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    HYPERIONBy Thomas N. Hackney According to Drake’s equation, there should be something like 10,000 alien civilizations in theMilky Way galaxy.  Okay, the galaxy is a big place but 10,000...

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY – By Patrick Hahn

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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE CHAPTERSBy Patrick D Hahn Chapter OneThis story begins many years ago, back when I was still almost-young, after I had finished with graduate school – or, graduate school had finished...

    CLIMBING CROAGH PATRICK – By Ellie White

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    CLIMBING CROAGH PATRICKBy Ellie White  “Fortune Assists the Brave” – a Scottish battle cryAbout halfway up the mountain, the air feels thinner. If this were another day, on another trip, it might be...

    “THE TRUTH OF BEING AS NON BEING” A Search for Truth within...

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    THE TRUTH OF BEING AS NON BEINGA Search for Truth within a Limited PerceptionBy Lauren Bush In “The Medium of Fiction”, William H. Gass suggests, “That novels should be made of...