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Schwinn Five Speed

Issue No. 282 ~ November, 2020

At the light at the west end of the St. John’s Bridge I turn right and coast down to the intersection with Highway 30, enjoying the last bit of easy riding. The 13 miles from my house to Newberry Road is almost paper-flat. The bridge …

Time Capsule

Issue No. 279 ~ August, 2020

Remember when we stayed inside for days while skipping signals prophesized dire warnings and arcane terms crackled across our radios, our Bluetooth speakers?   Remember an unseasonable February, a mild March, a winter that had denied us snow. Weren’t we ready for a change?   …

Seek the Beauty, Want the Passion, Hold the Wild or What I Learned about My Desires while Reading Melissa Matthewson’s Tracing the Desire Line

Issue No. 276 ~ May, 2020

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the term “domesticity” as the quality or state of being domestic or domesticated. The definition doesn’t offer enough clarity if you don’t continue the thread by looking into words “domestic” or “domesticated.”  Domestic: reduced from a state of native wilderness so as to be …

How to Cook Beans from Scratch – A Recipe or Hoarders

Issue No. 275 ~ April, 2020

I am sitting by the kitchen table sorting beans. I am called to this task because it requires attention to detail and small fingers – both of which, at the age of ten, I possess. I never, however, understood how those tiny pebbles get inside …

The Novelist, Nowadays

Issue No. 275 ~ April, 2020

I At once irreplaceable and hors concours in the book business, further, tact and consideration in the treatment of, the more vital, because, though often arrogant and unreasonable, importance allies with considerable helplessness, insecurity, and anxiety; The Novelist. Publishing history enshrines minuscule minority rather than mere producers …

A Swimmer’s Story

Issue No. 274 ~ March, 2020

1 I dive straight and deliberately into the pool and slice the still water into a thousand ripples. The sun streams through the glass gym walls. My body glides through the chilly lane toward the finish of a lap. The pungent smell of chlorine fills …

Sniffles

Issue No. 273 ~ February, 2020

Our hamsters are too still in their cage, so I stick my finger through the grates to curl around the one I think is mine. Without confirmation of a bite, a droplet of my blood, I can’t be certain. I am sure he is too …

Dig

Issue No. 273 ~ February, 2020

My first time visiting the beach in two-thousand and ten is a blizzard. I arrive late in the day. It is early May. The sun is already sinking into the ocean, but I still need to taste salt and bathe in its reflective face. I …