“Rippling Refracted Reflections Redux” by Charles H. Meck Jr.

   Ok, here we are old trusty pad and pen. Where shall we begin? I am born, I grow up, I live, and I die. Every moment lost in the present is a moment gained in the past, forever nibbling away at the future like a worm through an apple, leaving a little trail ofContinue reading ““Rippling Refracted Reflections Redux” by Charles H. Meck Jr.”

“Meg’s Peace” by Beth Richards

“None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.”                                                 ~Eugene O’Neil’s Long Day’s JourneyContinue reading ““Meg’s Peace” by Beth Richards”

“The Earning of a Name” by Kiara Scarbrough

   Crash! Seven-year-old Henry sat straight up in his bottom bunk, hitting his head off his brother Joe’s bed as he whipped off his covers. “Joe! Look out the window!” They climbed out of their beds and pushed each other toward the second story farm house window where they had to carefully avoid stepping onContinue reading ““The Earning of a Name” by Kiara Scarbrough”

“So When the Time Comes” by Amanda Kenney

   How often we create or envision the character of people we have in mind when we don’t really know them. We make them perfect––or we make their imperfections just so. We step back from amazingly written books and watch our favorites step out from the pages and look us in the eye. We do ourContinue reading ““So When the Time Comes” by Amanda Kenney”

“Tutor of the Heart” by Nicole Zuleger

   “You’re ten minutes late, Brady,” Sophia chided, not looking up from her book on French culture.    Brady gave her a goofy grin and sat down across from her. “Well, I lost track of time at band practice. We’re working on a new song and it’s going to be a big hit. Do youContinue reading ““Tutor of the Heart” by Nicole Zuleger”

“How Do You Ask the Hard Questions?” by Jessica Newman-Doubell

   Sitting at the kitchen table, I looked at the phone laying there. Taunting me. I picked it up.    I set it back down. I picked it back up, and turned it over and around a few times in my hands, and then I set it back down again. Face up. The time staringContinue reading ““How Do You Ask the Hard Questions?” by Jessica Newman-Doubell”

“The Lights of Halloween” by Mary Ann Naso

   Since it was Halloween, Jan decided that the mall, not home, was her destination after work. She was not into trick or treating. Arriving at the mall, she was surprised by the number of vehicles parked in the lot near her usual entrance. When she saw people in costumes she remembered that the mallContinue reading ““The Lights of Halloween” by Mary Ann Naso”

“Mind Over Bladder” by Christie Munson

   It was another busy day in August. The park was always packed this time of the season. Being a supervisor in food service at an amusement park certainly keeps me on my toes; there’s never a dull moment.    I was heading toward the Old Mill ice cream stand, which holds my boss’s officeContinue reading ““Mind Over Bladder” by Christie Munson”

“To Valhalla I Go” by Marshall Miller

   I am a meager old man to one’s eye. Haven’t held a sword in the better part of ten years, but if it came down to it, I could kill. I was still strong. Odin still favored me. Sometimes I see Odin’s ravens, Huggin and Munnin flying over me, their calls reassuring me thatContinue reading ““To Valhalla I Go” by Marshall Miller”

“Asshole” by Kyla Martin

   Leonard Bishop was the kind of man who throughout his life was commonly referred to as an asshole. This terminology was, in their opinions, well-deserved, and Leonard bore its implications as a badge of honor, smirking whenever someone threw the retort at him (“You’re such an ass!”) and stormed from the scene. It gaveContinue reading ““Asshole” by Kyla Martin”