THE SMALL GIRL By Patrick Hahn

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THE SMALL GIRLby Patrick Hahn I’m lying on the sofa in my bungalow, reading the same issue of Discover magazine for the twenty-ninth time. They don’t have much in the way of printed matter in this country,...

TENSE MATTERS by Chelsea Owens

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The Past My brother, Justin, died in June 2022. The exact date, cause, and time were a mystery. The coroner said “when they cut him open” he had upper and lower GI bleeds, severe cirrhosis...

ON LOSING THINGS By Serene Jansen

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ON LOSING THINGSby Serene Jansen    A three week break from a two year shit show            I met Drew when I was eighteen years old. I just finished my first semester of college and was home...

TWO DAYS IN BANGKOK by Teresa Yang

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Two Days in Bangkok Two days before my flight to Thailand, the phone rang. “Terry…” my father’s voice wavered. In our family, phone calls were always unidirectional, from child to parent. “Your mother’s not talking,” he said....

AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN – By Patrick Hahn

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AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMANBy Patrick Hahn Did I ever tell you about my one degree of separation from the late Dwight David Eisenhower? That’s right, between me and the 34th President of the United States of...

THE LAST VISIT By Debra Neumann

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THE LAST VISITby Debra Neumann    I’m driving up to see you one last time.  Our years of daily communion will soon end.  I should be thinking about this, finding words –  the right ones, to...

SHATTERED AT FIVE – By L. B. Boe

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SHATTERED AT FIVEBy L.B. Boe Uncle Mike built an apartment for us in his basement where the four of us—Mom, my brother and sister, and I—lived while Daddy was in Vietnam. It was a real...

DON’T GO ANYWHERE by James Hanna

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Since retiring and moving to Florida, my wife, Mary, and I have become news junkies. This is not because we have more time to fill, but because the news has acquired the fascination of...

FEAR OF REJECTION CAN DROWN by Nathan Sweem

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An artist's ability to maneuver waves of rejection often determines the fate of her career. Sooner or later, she finds that not everyone shares her intense love for her artwork. No matter how painful,...

ALEXA, PLAY RAIN by Michael Riordan

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I have trouble sleeping these days. So, I ask my Alexa device to play re-created sounds of falling rain, which she mixes with some low-toned thunder. Nightly melatonin stopped working, so this is giving...