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To be—or be like—You

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

He had watched Jay from afar, sauntered over, sat next to him heavily, and leaned in: “Home time?” “Almost,” Jay said. The man was dressed as if for the city, for glass office blocks and boardrooms. His suit looked expensive, as did the sunglasses tucked …

The Transient

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

The woman appeared in a park foaming with dogwoods, crawled from the playground tunnel to stretch and open her bones. Tall, angular—like an elk, they’d later say. On Main she’s greeted by cats, their wails heard blocks away. Terrible, says one of the early drinkers …

Devil Girl and Dragon Boy

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

It was half past seven on the three hundred and fourth day of the year when I realized my children were gone. I stood there with the door open, the almost empty bowl of Halloween candy on my hip. On my front porch stood an …

Between the River and the Stars

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

The river rarely froze over, but in 1938 it did. The frigid air from the north covered the land until the mercury dropped to minus nine. They warned us not to cross the ice on foot. Little did we listen. Immigrant kids, we boxed our …

Minus the Angels

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

It was the season of believing the doctors. Because of medical uncertainties, we had skipped vacation the previous year, so this time we splurged on a ten-day trip to Italy. Instead of teeming Rome, where we’d stayed as grungy grad students two decades before, we …

Health Week

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

Monday   Hello, Stella, Welcome to your enhanced mental health portal! We at the new, local, improved Citizens’ Mutual Health Exchange franchise continuously seek ways to make your health care more effective, and our just-perfected Patron Check: In® module will be of special use to …

Car Service

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

The man’s voice startled me, and I began to smile stupidly. I’m not sure that I was daydreaming, fantasizing there on the pavement, but I suppose that I was. “Hello, Mr. Abbott,” he said. “Better weather than the last time you were here.” I watched …

Eidolon Lake

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

Now and then a distant rifle shot rings through the mountain air.   Henry and Anita left the windy shore and found an old tottering picnic table beneath a spruce tree. Anita kicked off her shoes. He saw she had blisters on her heels and …

Disclaimers, Warnings & Indemnifications

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

The entity reading this book (the reader) takes all responsibility for any and all accidents, mishaps, lawsuits, environmental damage, loss of income, loss of spousal affection, etc., etc. that may occur as a result of reading this book.   All characters are fictional, the figments …

A Memory of Miss Clara

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

Mark Antony was wrong, I believe, when he said that the evil that men do lives after them and that the good is oft interred with their bones. Or maybe it is that way for men. It is not for women, for Miss Clara. I …