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    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...

    DEAR CHEATER, TELL ME WHY by Ben D’Andrea

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    Cheating on an exam is more of a strike against self-respect than failing it by honest effort. Most college or university students who cheat resent cheating, as if someone or something pressured...

    BOBBY CRAWFORD by John L. Stanizzi

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    BOBBY CRAWFORD -- Eigth Grade – St. Mary’s School – 1962-63 – Sister Patricia Elizabeth             I know I’ve mentioned this to you before, but I think before I...

    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...

    WHERE IS THE LOVE by Renata Hinrichs

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    Where is the love?   “This time of year makes me feel sentimental.” Dad said.  “How do you mean?” I ask. “Remember, in Chicago,...

    EATING SALAD WITH A SPOON by Marisa Mangani

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    Eating Salad with a Spoon You’re a gorgeous bride at forty-six. Your third marriage, the one you never thought you’d never do, suits you. And your husband-to-be, ten years...

    STRUGGLE FOR SOME, VACATION FOR OTHERS, Book Review by Joy Drees

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    Struggle for Some, Vacation for Others Taylor García’s Slip Soul is not afraid to find human goodness amid hardship Living in San Diego can be what...

    THEY ONLY SEE US WHILE WE WEAR THE MASK by Deborah-Zenha Adams

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    They Only See Us While We Wear the Mask I meet my friends Julie and Paul in the parking lot of a restaurant at the I-40 exit. They’re returning...

    CHINA 1990: THE SOUL OF AN ENTREPRENEUR by Michael Serwetz

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    China 1990: The Soul of an Entrepreneur (Author’s Note: When the future seems uncertain, our natural tendency is to think about the past. For me, the past is a...