THE CATCH by Kristen Langlois

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I’ve always hated fishing. My father took me when I was a teen, and the horror thatfollowed ensured I’d never do it again. My husband loves fishing, and when he first asked mewhy I...

ON THE STAIRS TO NOWHERE by Chris Arthur

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In the corridor outside my office, there’s a staircase that leads nowhere. In fact, there are two. One I think of as going up. It has ten steps before it meets a wall. The...

ON DEPRESSION AND THE EFFECTS OF TOXIC POSITIVITY by Veronica Kirin

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Rise-and-grind. Hustle to win. Be a go-getter. This is the messaging that business owners receive from day one. Entrepreneur Magazine tells us that a “positive mindset” is the #1 trait of a successful business...

ILLNESS AND THE MOVEMENT OF TIME by A.M. Palmer

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Illness and the Movement of Time Reflections on Architecture, Music, and the Benefits of Raw Honey (2018) The movement of time becomes painfully apparent when one is ill, either droning on during treatment and recovery, or...

HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES by Nathan Bachand

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Have you ever been unable to pay a medical bill? Or perhaps you had to sacrifice something to get enough money to pay. Many people in recent years have been debating the question, should...

THE SETTING by Emily Vest

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The Crescent Woods Skate Park Drake chants from teenagers’ Bluetooth radios, his voice reverberating against the hot metal skateboard ramps of this summer evening. Elementary school kids sneaker up the ramps and slide back down,...

HOW THE AUSTIN GOT TO AUSTIN by Charlie Dickinson

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Daddy was a civil engineer trying out to be a Fuller Brush Man. He'd bought a sales kit of samples—Fuller hairbrushes are guaranteed forever!—from the guy who would see if Daddy could sell door-to-door...

THE SHARPENING OF A KNIFE by Christy Bailey

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Decay perhaps, or maybe erosion is a better word. The wearing away of outer layers. The gristle at the center exposed. We’re not talking about lovely river rocks, smooth and bulbous. Their trauma made...

RAMBLINGS OF A SELF-DECLARED NONCONFORMIST by Prakash Kona

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Others are masters of facts. I’m a mistress of assumptions. Take away the neutrality of gender and more than half the best literature of the world falls apart under the weight of its own prejudices. A...

WORDS ONLY GO SO FAR by Netteange Monaus

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“I love you too!” Then, I hung up the phone. Did I say it too quickly? Did my voice go up a notch? Why were my palms so sweaty from just a phone conversation!?...