ACROSS TOWNS: A Meditation on Transit by Toti O’Brien

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In my mother tongue, the word city (città) is feminine. That is true for my second language as well. Ville is also feminine. This is of little relevance in the present day, but I...

THE MISBEGOTTEN TEAM by Paul Perilli

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This came back to me years later when my brother and I were moving my mother to a smaller apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts. I was cleaning out a drawer when I came across a batch...

DAUGHTER OF AN ADDICT by Charlotte Jamison

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Daughter of an Addict “Check to see if he’s responsive, if not call 911, then call me, got it?” Have you ever been asked the question: what'd you learn today? Normal kids would reply and say...

WRITER’S BLOCK AT ITS FINEST by Maria Fernanda

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A blank page was staring straight into Phoebe’s soul. She had opened her laptop, creating a new document to write in. At first, she thought it was going to be easy, but ten minutes...

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE UVALDE TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING by Yun Xiang Zhang

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All claims I have made are tentative; I warn the reader against my bias, but I shall do my best to be honest and accurate. Discourse is welcomed. “…yet another school shooting in this country…” “One...

LETTING GO by Brooke Castillo

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            I look at the grass art, leaning towards me at a 45-degree angle. Six flags are overlapping one another so elegantly, every blade of grass not surpassing the one next to it. I...

XIFAKI, A SOUTH AFRICAN SOCCER GRANNY by Jean Duffy

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Xifaki, A South African Soccer Granny “I am eighty-six years old. I don’t know what my mates say when they look at me. Most of them do not even believe that I am that old....

CAUTIONARY TALES by Gershom Gerneth Mabaquiao

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How do you make people listen? You tell stories.             For children, these stories usually featured mythical creatures. For Filipino children, these mythical stories always had a touch of darkness. Abduction, drowning, attacks, soul-stealing. For...

ALL THE NEWS by Thomas Hackney

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Alien hunters come in all shapes and sizes. Some wear long flowered dresses, attend UFO conventions and worship the deceased gods of Egypt. Some have advanced science degrees and look for intelligently produced radio-waves. Most chase...

DIARY OF A REMEMBERER by Joshua Best

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I’ve been trying to come up with something. Ideas have flitted by but passion has been attached to not a single one of them. My mind, my heart, everything in and about me is...