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82 Poems on a Single Theme






Ezra Azra



 
© Copyright 2022 by Ezra Azra

 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

My Granny, Jane Goldstone (1878-1974) was a Grade School teacher, as well a Sunday School teacher. All her adult life she was in a quandary that her God, Jehovah/Yahweh, committed so many evil deeds willingly, as recorded in the Bible. She collected 39 of these accounts in the Bible and re-formed the Bible's words into flawless iambic verse. . . .

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Knowing Up From Down





Kip Rosser


 
© Copyright 2022 by Kip Rosser



Photo by Elena Mozhvilo at Unsplash.
Photo by Elena Mozhvilo at Unsplash.

There’s a word that troubles me. I think a lot about this word. I’ll tell you what it is in a minute. But first, there’s a different word you need to know. The word is contronym. A contronym is a word that, strange as it seems, is actually its own opposite.

Take the word off,” for example. It can mean to shut down or deactivate, as in the sentence, I shut the light off.” But it can also mean the opposite -- to turn on or activate -- as in my alarm clock just went off.” How bizarre is that?! . . .

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Surviving Adolescence



Lisa Rivers


 
© Copyright 2022 by Lisa Rivers




Photo courtesy of Flikr.
Photo courtesy of Flikr.

"Awe honey I'm not Laughing at you, I’m laughing with you. And after time passes you will be laughing." She said. " I promise".

"Really Mom”, I screamed in horror, “Do you see me laughing? How could I be so lame? I mean really. What kind of mother sends a child out like that. I can never show my face again, never!” . . .

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Moving Neighborhoods




Zary Fekete



 
© Copyright 2022 by Zary Fekete



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

I was carrying one of the last boxes out to our car when our neighbor called to me. She was the first person my wife and I met when we moved to Budapest’s 11th district three years ago. We were in our mid 20s; our neighbor was 76. . . .

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Each Minute Counts




Lori Stryker


 
© Copyright 2022 by Stryker




Photo by Stas Knop at Pexels.
Photo by Stas Knop at Pexels.

When you’re a high school teacher, you are governed by the clock. Each minute counts. These minutes are units of time to visit the bathroom or grab those final photocopies before scurrying to your assigned classroom. One of the things I savored most when I retired was that I didn’t need to wake up to an annoying alarm, or have my day ruled by the watch perennially on my left wrist. I still wear that watch, but only because it’s my habit after so many years. I never use my alarm. . . .

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White Gloves



Cindy Marcus


 
© Copyright 2022 by Cindy Marcus



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Temple Beth David was always one step away from collapse. A converted house in Van Nuys, the blacktop was more gray than black, the walls, though loved, were chipped from wear, and the roof leaked every Winter.

Still, my working class family attended Friday night services every week. In the small congregants’ room, boys got Bat Mitvah’d, Shofars got blown, and every child received a birthday blessing. . . .

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The Bravest Man on the Pier



Joseph O'Brien


 
© Copyright 2022 by Joseph O'Brien





Photo by Wendy Wei at Pexels.
Photo by Wendy Wei at Pexels.

In the summer of 1961 the weather was beautiful in Seaside Heights, New Jersey and I landed a job running the Ferris wheel on the pier. At night you could see the bridge from the land to the island where Seaside was located. My boss used to come up to the wheel and look at the line of headlights coming across the bridge and say, “That's fresh money.”. . .

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Unusual Visitors




Robyn Michaels


 
© Copyright 2022 by Robyn Michaels




Photo courtesy of Global Giving.
Photo courtesy of Global Giving.

The first time I ever encountered someone in America who had never met a Jew was when I had just turned 15. This was in 1968. I was living in the north suburbs of Chicago, where at least a third of the community was Jewish. I went to visit an acquaintance who lived in Pana, a small town in central Illinois: corn country. We went to her mother’s for Christmas. She had cooked a ham. . . .

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Taking on Big Terry




Catherine Grow



 
© Copyright 2022 by Catherine Grow



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Times growing up I would have sold my soul for an older brother—someone to look up to who, with his worldly wisdom, would illuminate a sure and steady path for me as I muddled through my mid-1950’s childhood.

What I got was J. J.: two years younger than I and, until his teens, shorter and scrawnier. For most of our childhood, I could win arguments by wrestling him to the ground and sitting on him. The balance of power was clearly in my favor. . . .

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How Snake and Cat Were Rescued From Each Other, and We From Both






Ezra Azra

 
© Copyright 2022 by Ezra Azra

 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

This is an account of an animal rescue as it happened on our farm in Africa.

Animal rescues on our farm were not memorable, generally, because they happened with boring regularity.

This one was unusual because while our cat and the snake were gearing up to fight to the death, we were trying to rescue both of them from each other, and ourselves from both of them. On our farm, the first tenet of our animal rescue ethics was to never let a fight happen between animals. . . .

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Thirty-Three Animal Stories for Children


IN MEMORIAM: RAINDROPS, 1980-1997, our family Cat.
All author's proceeds donated to Windsor and Essex County Humane Society.





Ezra Azra


 
© Copyright 2022 by Ezra Azra

 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

1) The pandemic; its good side.
2) The kid’s a genius.
3) Meat the king.  etc........

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My Inspiration In Life



Ojo Victoria Ilemobayo


 
© Copyright 2022 by
Ojo Victoria Ilemobayo





Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Nine weeks old, mama spewed honey honeycomb and milk to me. Daily she watered me like a plant in a nursery. Mama oiled my hair with supplication,yes she & papa dined words with the Great Old at Dusk. . . .

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With Every Breath





Joanne E. Galliher


 
© Copyright 2022 by Joanne E. Galliher



Photo of the author.
Photo of the author.

My Frisky Trifecta is living half-glass full. Bold, not blasé. Curious, not complacent. That saved my life and makes me 70 going on 30.

At 62, an unidentifiable virus devoured 75% of my lungs in six hours. It was like an unconscionable piranha. Leaving me to struggle and miraculously survive a non-negotiable prognosis. “There’s only a 20% chance you’ll be alive in a year.” I hung in 1,187 days. . . .

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Re-Visited




Carl Winderl

 
© Copyright 2022 by Carl Winderl




Photo courtesy of Pixabay
Photo courtesy of Pixabay 

I couldn’t remember, -- no, I can’t remember when was the last time I’d read Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s
I do know it’s since I saw the film version with Audrey Hepburn in her most unforgettable and legendary star-turn as Holly Golightly, along with George Peppard, in a sort of ‘thinly’ disguised role as her most suitable innamorato out of her innumerable wannabe suitors. Not to mention Capote’s attempt at reincarnating his writerly self in the alter ego of Peppard’s firmer flesh. . . .

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One Double Biography from the Heart
(For my Mum and Dad)


Branka Vulic


 
© Copyright 2022 by Branka Vulic





Photo from the author.
Mum and Dad on 50th anniversary. Photo from the author

Biographical non-fiction … a title usually not related to warmth but if I try hard, I can make it warm. I always thought my parents´ lives deserve to be remembered. Not so much in form of a dry, boring biography but in the shape that mirrors them as wonderful human beings. They deserve a biography composed of fine, humorous, sad, and witty sketches from their life. Such scenes reveal their spirit and personality. . . .

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Grga




Sandra Ljubljanovic


 
© Copyright 2022 by 
Sandra Ljubljanovic



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Some people leave a lasting impression
even though they barely touched our lives.

Grga was my car mechanic. It was not his real name, nor was he really a car mechanic. He was a retired soldier, an engineer by profession, but repairing vehicles and vessels was something he truly enjoyed. He told me his name and surname when we met, and again after a few years while he was checking the brakes of my car on a lonely gravel road by the river, but I forgot it in a matter of minutes. Everybody simply called him Grga. . . .

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Strangers





J. S. Kierland


 
© Copyright 2022 by J. S. Kierland



Photo by Lisa courtesy of Pexels.
Photo by Lisa courtesy of Pexels.

 Memory and time run together when you get older and a smile from a stranger can tumble you back through decades of cigarette smoke and desires you’d forgotten long ago. It was one of those uncertain smiles that dropped me back into a time when I was taking post grad courses in the city that never sleeps. . . .

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The Leap




Ekaterina Golovina

 
© Copyright 2022 by Ekaterina Golovina




Photo by Martin Wyall on Unsplash.
Photo by Martin Wyall on Unsplash

There’re eight of us left. Someone would say we’re stuck Up here. That’s not right. We have it chosen this way.

We live in a community called El Salto. Its name may be translated as “waterfall”, referring to a cascade in the gorge that has been dry for years. Our village is surrounded by mountains and woods. The only paved road runs across it. No one has even been bothered to give the route a name. Maps refer to it simply as “The direction to the lagoon.”. . .

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Home Away From Home




Michael Eaton


 
© Copyright 2022 by Eaton



Photo by Pavel Danilyuk at Pexels.

The summer of 1959 after my junior year I took a job that required me to move into a funeral home and help with various tasks around the home. My dad explained that he had the same job when he was younger, and in speaking to the owner, discovered they were looking for someone for the summer, and asked if I wanted to take the job. Always eager for new adventures I said “Yes.”. . .

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Perseverance Pays A Great Deal




Nonhlanhla Annah Thusi


 
© Copyright 2022 by Nonhlanhla Annah Thusi




The author's two self published books.
The author's two self published books.

Life is the survival of the fittest, you’ve got to learn to give a fist and take one, to fall and stand up while keeping hope. I am Annah Thusi, based in South Africa, from a small township called Refengkgotso at Deneysville city. From birth the dice of life didn’t roll in my favour, I felt the harsh treatment of life yet didn’t give up. . . .

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I Am An Aquarian Deal With It
Love Hurts But We Keep On Tryinng




Tatenda Alex Chirambira


 
© Copyright 2022 by Tatebda Alex Chirambira



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

. . . .In my entire life I have never been more eager to end a conversation with anyone but at that certain point I felt that the 8 second mark on my screen signified that maybe I had made a wrong judgment call. . . .

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All Cried Out





Uzoamaka Onwubiko


 
© Copyright 2022 by Usoamaka Onwubiko



Photo by-Juan-Pablo-Serrano-Arenas-courtesy of Pexels.
Photo by-Juan-Pablo-Serrano-Arenas-courtesy of Pexels.

I grew up in a family of 4. 3 girls and a boy I was the third child. My mom was an amazing woman who in spite of my father's negligence to the family didn't stop to give love to us. My father was never there never cared about our well being my mother in her little power tried to see we were attended to. . . .

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Iona




Susan Salot Gaumer

 
© Copyright 2022 by Susan Salot Gaumer




Photo of Columba's bay courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo of Columba's bay courtesy of Pixabay.

In 1984 my husband and I spent time in Scotland where he presented a scientific paper at a meeting in Glasgow. Expecting a tired industrial city, by surprise we discovered Glasgow to be lively and delightful. The Lord Mayor, hoping to attract more such events, hosted a grand dinner for the gathered scientists in their splendid art gallery. While Dick was in meetings I explored lovely gardens, Whistler’s childhood home, and meandered into several churches. Long interested in Celtic spirituality and the life of St. Columba, I had been hoping we could visit the island of Iona. . . .

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Sue's Writing Desk

A Tale for Memorial Day





William Wayne Weems




© 2022 by William Wayne Weems



  
Photo of the Fred Cooper family.
Photo of the Fred Cooper family.

Nearly two weeks ago my Spouse Annie Sue and I soberly viewed an isolated metal outbuilding which is set outside the high fence surrounding the rear of her West Tennessee family farmhouse. The sliding doors had been wrenched off. . . .

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Adaptability, Growth, Flexibility: Yoga and Indian

Cultural Identity







Diya Kothari


 
© Copyright 2022 by Diya Kothari

 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Yoga is a philosophy of life that is entrenched within the culture of India. Originating in India about 5000 years ago, Yoga is a tranquilizing

practice of establishing harmony and balance between the mind, body, and soul to achieve inner peace, health, and well-being. . . .

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Been Lost Here Before




Karen Lethlean


 
© Copyright 2022 by Karen Lethlean
 

Photo by Alfred Aloushy on Unsplash
Photo by Alfred Aloushy on Unsplash

Started out fine, like those song lyrics…

Could have been the whiskey, might have been the gin.

Could have been three or four six-packs

We all know how such indulgence ends. . . .

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I Double Dog Dare You





James L. Cowles

  

© Copyright 2022 by James L. Cowles

 

Photo courtesy of Pixibay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


"What's wrong with my shirt, dummy?" 

"Just look at you, man. Let's get some other opinions. Hey guys, look at him, will ya? His mommy pegged his shirt for him, and Jimmy's trying to show off his muscles. I betcha you don't even weigh seventy-five pounds; where is your muscle, anyway, Jimmy, you runt? Go on, flex it for us, tough guy. Come on, let's see it!" . . .

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The Stone Blanket







Nimisha Kantharia


 
© Copyright 2022 by Nimisha Kantharia

 

Photo courtesy of the author.
Photo courtesy of the author.

When I was a child, I felt as though I had access to an inexplicable, exclusive sense of my father. I still have some part of that child in me, even as an adult daughter whose relationship to her father is fraught. I have wanted to write about this since long. . . .

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The Prayer Shawl



Nancy McAtavey






 
© Copyright 2022 by Nancy McAtavey



Photo courtesy of Todd McAtavey.
Photo courtesy of Todd McAtavey.

. . . .My neighbor made my prayer shawl. It was dark blue with specks of white running through the yarn. The random pieces of fringe were threaded with silver beads and hearts that read “love” and “peace” and “hope." When I asked her for the inspiration for the shawl, she told me to Google it. . . .

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Tarred

   

P. S. Gifford 

   
© Copyright 2022 by P. S. Gifford 


 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay..

My son turns twenty-one in March, and since my separation from his mom I have hardly spent any time of him. I am not his biological father- but I raised him from 18 months to 16 years- and legally adopted him. I have dozens above dozens of little anecdotes about him…Like the following. . . .

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Self-Preservation



Noel Moitra




 
© Copyright 2022 by Noel Moitra



Photo courtesy of the author.
Photo courtesy of the author.

Early one afternoon in 1987, while at Fergusson College, Pune, India, I noticed a close friend and classmate, Sarah, in tears. She had put on a brave face, but I could tell something was wrong from her body language. . . .

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Anecdotal Memories



Daniel Fuller



 
© Copyright 2022 by Daniel Fuller

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

“Oh my God! I can see your skull!” my dad yelled, barely audible through my screams and cries as he exchanged a blood-soaked towel for a fresh one while my mom ran around collecting everything we needed for the hospital. . . .

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Nobody Told Me





Desiree Kendrick






 
© Copyright 2021 by Desiree Kendrick
 

Photo courtesy of the author.
Photo courtesy of the author.

 Motherhood, is without doubt, the best gift I’ve ever received. A first pregnancy comes with a variety of nuances. It’s a time of wonder. As I reflect on my adventure, I realize there are numerous discoveries that ‘nobody told me.’ Read along and laugh with me. . . .

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Two Days in Trinco



Caroline Fynn



 
© Copyright 2022 by Caroline Fynn



Photo by the author.
Photo by the author.

Shortly after I returned to my home country, life seemed to be over-regulated and dull. Following some years of living and working in South Asia, it was difficult to adapt to British life. I gave it my best shot but six months along the line I still missed the jewel of a country that is Sri Lanka and revisited for a vacation. . . .

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A Change of Heart






Stephanie Levy


 
© Copyright 2022 by Stephanie Levy



Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

This story is from a yet unpublished memoir, Tucked In and Tuckered Out - Memoir of an Innkeeper with Reservations about the years my husband James and I ran a bed and breakfast. Our son Sam put The Federal House Bed and Breakfast on his Christmas wish list when he was 13, right above X-Box and a kitten. . . .

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China Club 1992







D. Greene


 
© Copyright 2022 by D. Greene

 

Photo by Michael Discenza  at Unsplash.
Photo by Michael Discenza  at Unsplash.


Sitting in the China Club. New York City. I came here with Sarah, my roommate and theater school classmate. The place is packed when we get there. I always feel uncomfortable the first couple of minutes we’re there – I think everyone is looking at me like I don’t belong. I want them to think I’m “someone”, but I always feel like I’m an imposter. . . .

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Ringing of the Bell




Marc Revere



 
© Copyright 2022 by Marc Revere


Photo by the author.Photo by the author.

What doesn’t kill you will haunt you.” - Gordon King. Fire boss: Loop Fire.
There is a numbness that occurs from decades of tension. Like a tightly wound spring, the body is compressed when hardened and will eventually push back to its original form when released. But if held down or heated too long and loses elasticity, it will never return to its relaxed state. . . .

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A Moral Dilemma







Margaret Darby


 
© Copyright 2022 by Margaret Darby

 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

 Receiving a diagnosis of stage III cancer may not sound like an event worth celebrating, but coming to grips with my own mortality has made my life one hundred per cent more fulfilling.  Nevertheless, the road to treatment was fraught with little traps and tricks that led me to make some really foolish decisions because the swirling emotions after a dire prognosis can make a patient quite foolhardy.  That is what led me to make a terrible choice. . . .

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How I Cope




Yessenia Gutierrez


 
© Copyright 2022 by Yessenia Gutierrez




Photo by Jim Forest at Flickr.
Photo by Jim Forest at Flickr.

I was born with polycystic kidney disease. I had kidney failure when I was nine years old and that's when I wrote my first poem. I have had two failed kidney transplants and one successful liver transplant. I have been on dialysis for thirteen years and today I am on the waiting list for another kidney. If having kidney disease and being on dialysis has taught me anything, it's patience. One must have patience in order to survive through this journey. . . .

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Wearing The Quartered Cap



Alan Grant


 
© Copyright 2022 by Alan Grant



Photo by Element5 Digital at Pexels.
Photo by Element5 Digital at Pexels.

Let’s have a look at you,’ said his Mother, brushing her fingers through his dark brown hair.

Are your shoes clean?’

Yes Mum, done them. They're ready, everything’s fine.’

Whilst Ian enjoyed being touched, the current close attention embarrassed him. . . .

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Transplanted






Cyndie Zikmund

 
© Copyright 2022 by Cyndie Zikmund



Photo by Edoardo Fezet at Unsplash.
Photo by Edoardo Fezet at Unsplash.

Tsugio Ikeda, my uncle, and his family were part of the 120,000 Japanese Americans held prisoner in concentration camps during WWII. His story is unique in that he later served in the US Army and after that, he became an educator and the first Asian-American to be elected as County Superintendent of Schools in Montana. . . .

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The Final Miracle
How Death Was Cheated In Paradise






Henry Lancing Woodward


 
© Copyright 2022 by Henry Lancing Woodward

Photo by Asad Photo Maldives courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo by Asad Photo Maldives courtesy of Pexels.

I believe it is impossible to adequately describe or explain what it is like to be a Paramedic. It is something one must live in the moment. In a true emergency, every one of those moments is a lifetime, especially for the patient. As a Paramedic, either for one moment or years of moments, one becomes altered to the very core. . . .

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An After School Hanging





Henry Lancing Woodward



 
© Copyright 2022 by Henry Lancing Woodward


Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


When I was discharged from the US Navy, I decided to remain in Hawaii rather than return to my hometown on the mainland. After becoming an EMT, I was accepted into the ten-month Hawaii State Paramedic Program. . . .

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The Game of Fate



Mahi M. Al-Khatib




 
© Copyright 2022 by Mahi M. Al-Khatib



Photo courtesy of the author.
Photo courtesy of the author.

Here I am writing to you a story that expresses a part of what I am experiencing and facing in my life in the hope that I will return to this, the course of my life has changed, and I read it with happiness, proud of myself for my patience and willpower, which we must have to live every day with gratitude and calm ourself. . . .

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June to June





Roger Barbee




 
© Copyright 2022 by Roger Barbee


Photo courtesy of Pexels.
Photo by Christian Bowen on Unsplash

In early November of 2019, my oldest child told me he had found out in a Google search that his biological mother had died in 2015. An adopted son, he had met his biological mother when he was eighteen—they sat in her car during her lunch hour. . . .

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Six Months as a Paramedic
A Story about Death and an Epiphany




Henry Lancing Woodward

 
© Copyright 2022 by Henry Lancing Woodward



Part of the author's diary about the case.
Part of the author's diary about the case.

I had been in Hawaii for about one-and-a-half years, and I was six months into my new life as a Paramedic and could do no wrong. After graduating fifth out of a class of twelve, I was ready, if not eager, to save lives. The program consisted of three months in the classroom and a six-month internship during which we rode along with fully certified paramedics. This experience introduced us to the unbelievable emergencies that occur on any given day. . . .

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Occupational Humor


Steven C. Levi

  

© Copyright 2022 by Steven C. Levi  
 

Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Photo courtesy of Pexels.



My wife, who works for the Presentence Unit, was in the Courthouse one afternoon when she was approached by a well-known local defense attorney. He said that she would be considering the case of one of his clients and he wanted to explain something before she got the paperwork. . . .

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Lessons from a Shoeshine Boy





Teal M. Gaylord


 
© Copyright 2022 by Teal M. Gaylord



Teal's father's shoeshine box.
Fred Gaylords shoeshine box.  Photo courtesy of the author.

. . . .In the spring and summer of 1944 World War II had engulfed the world in some of the most intense fighting of the war; including the Normandy invasion and the Battle of The Bulge where over 19,000 young Americans would lose their lives. At the same time on the streets of Binghamton, New York in war-time 1944, a young boy of 6 was working his day job as a shoeshine boy. His earnings were probably less than a $1 a day. However, it was often enough for him to run home and take his three-year-old brother to the local diner for coffee which probably cost the two young brothers a dime. . . .

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A Soul Wrapped in Cardboard




Annelise Wallie


 
© Copyright 2022 by Annelise Wallie




Photograph of Boquete, Panama by the author.
Photograph of Boquete, Panama by the author.

I never actually saw the object I will describe.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t do a good job. I have a solid idea of what it looks like, though I’ll never see it in person.

And it definitely won’t see me - it’s blind. . . .

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Violence
Extract from his book, My Wasted Life


Alex Frew


 
© Copyright 2022 by Alex Frew



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

When I first started work as a vanboy in the 70’s, delivering lemonade, I had a driver called Jimmy. Jimmy belonged to a school that thought violence was acceptable in the working environment. So he hit me all the time. . . .

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Our Paper Cabin 






Freda Wooten




 
© Copyright 2022 by Freda Wooten



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Most people don’t think about the things collected inside their home. But Tom and I are deep sentimental creatures. I can testify; the old house we live in has more to say than the people I met recently. More to show than the pompous neighbors who seem to stay entertained by estranged rumors, local gossip and eerie superstitions. . . .

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Green Ginger





Christin Kaiser



 
© Copyright 2020 by Christin Kaiser


 

Photo by cottonbro courtesy of Pixabay.

Photo by cottonbro courtesy of Pixabay.                     


Spring has finally arrived here in the Lakes area of New Hampshire.

It was a long time coming, and it did the now normal routine of throwing in a short heat wave a few weeks after the last snow drift under the evergreens melted. . . .

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Shades of Darkness




Abtihal K. A. Saed


 
© Copyright 2022 by Abtihal K. A. Saed




Photo property of the author.
Photo property of the author (in pink).

...“Now I’m 10-years old kid, I’ll never be afraid of darkness again!” this is a promise which I gave to mama one day so that she could sleep on peace of mind without me leaking under her arms whenever I see darkness. . . .

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The Bite Path






Margie Marek


 
© Copyright 2022 by Margie Marek



Photo by Ave Calvar Martinez at Pexels.
Photo by Ave Calvar Martinez at Pexels.

It all happened so fast. I’ll never for certain whether the bark and the lunge was the reason or the result of my snatching Hiro back.

NO! Gunner, sit.” she orders. The German Shepherd instantly obeys. Tightening her grip on the choked leash, she meets my horrified eyes, placating “I’m soooooo sorry,”. . .

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Montgomery Memories



James Lamont


 
© Copyright 2022 by James Lamont





Photo courtesy of CORE.
Photo courtesy of CORE.

Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s deja vu all over again!” Such was my reaction when I began comparing the southern United States I knew as a young reporter for a news wire service sixty years ago, and that same region today. Or perhaps more eloquently (if less amusingly): the more things change, the more they remain the same. . . .

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At the Polish/Ukrainian Border
A Lyrical Prose Poem




Carl Winderl

 
© Copyright 2022 by Carl Winderl




Photo courtesy of the author.
Przemysl Train Station.  Photo courtesy of the author.

. . . where there are No 2 Days Alike.

That’s what I’m thinking about having silk-screened onto a bunch of t-shirts: ‘No 2 Days Alike.’

They’d be for our group of volunteers here at the Przemysl Train Station where we’re aiding Ukrainian refugees & evacuees – fleeing the ongoing mindless madness of the Russian Military “invasion.” . . .

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Two Short Stories







Alaa Othman


 
© Copyright 2022 by Alaa Othman

 

Photo of a dish of potatoes.

Writing is not something I tend to do every day. I mean, I wish but I don’t. Although I have written “writing a crime fiction novel” on my bucket list a long time ago and I’m pretty sure I will write it one day. Now I believe writing has many more shapes than writing an academic essay. Having a diary is some sort of writing. Having one or two best friends that I can text and open to them is also a style of writing. . . .

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The Truthful Choice







Amy L. Haba


 
© Copyright 2022 by Amy L Haba

 

Photo courtesy Duané Viljoen at Pexels.
Photo courtesy Duané Viljoen at Pexels.

When I was pregnant with our twin boys I never once thought about ending my pregnancy. I was just a few months shy of twenty-one years old. Rick, my boyfriend, and I weren't married but we were in love. . . .

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In Bed With The Jungle Queen






Lesley Mukwacha



 

© Copyright 2022 by Lesley Mukwacha



Photo courtesy of Leif Blessing on Pixabay.
Photo courtesy  of Leif Blessing on Pixabay.

When I woke up to prepare coffee, tea, and biscuits that cold morning in one of the wildest bush camps in Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, I wasn't aware that I was about to witness a miracle no living human being I knew had ever witnessed. The camp was full. I could count five overland trucks and several 4x4 land cruisers. It was still about forty-five minutes before sunrise and only cooks were up and already busy with breakfast preparations. . . .

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Where The Maned Brothers Rest





Lesley Mukwacha


 

© Copyright 2022 by Lesley Mukwacha



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Having driven just over a thousand kilometers through one of Africa's mighty deserts, the Kalahari desert, alone, without resting, my body was almost giving up, my eyes felt heavy, my arms stiff, and my neck a bit sore. The memories of my just ended twenty-day tour of Namibia had kept me going despite the tiredness; the coast, the national heritage sights, and the cultural visits had been more than amazing, they had been exceptional, and looking out either side of the highway now, seeing nothing but the open plains, stretching well into the horizon, everything changed. . . .

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Me Against The Lions





Lesley Mukwacha


 

© Copyright 2022 by Lesley Mukwacha



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Zimbabwe's Hwange national park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. It is home to the big 5 and getting a job as a guide in one of the best lodges there was a dream come true for me. The three months I had worked there had been nothing but exciting as I also had the chance to work with some of the best guides in the field. . . .

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Perceptions Unfortunately Matter







Alicia J. M. Colson


 
© Copyright 2022 by Alicia J. M. Colson

 

Photo courtesy of Pexels.
Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Perception matters especially when you’re not familiar with the region that you’re visiting. Everyone reads landscapes and everyone tells stories. Such stories vary from those snapped on Instagram, on newswires, in family photos to those told hugging a cup of coffee or tea, or around campfires. . . .

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The Morning Is Mine

Reflections on a particularly fine pre Winter Solstice Day




Christin Kaiser



 
© Copyright 2020 by Christin Kaiser


 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.                      


People have used avian avatars to describe their personalities for decades.

I am a Lark, not a Night-owl. It might be amusing to look back at how I managed to evolve when so many near and dear to me in my formative years were ‘up till all hours’. . . .

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My Terrifying Encounter with a Mamba Snake and Some Herds of Cattle



Ikyereve Denen


 
© Copyright 2022 by Ikyegeve Denen



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

On that faithful day in the wee hours of the morning, I received a call from my good friend Goodluck Jonathan, Jonathan was a friend I met at a church program during my mandatory one year youth service to my father land, we served at different place of primary assignment while I served at the ministry of animal health and fisheries, he on the other hand served at the Nigerian army farms. . . .

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Alice and the Tea Party



Elliot Wilner





 
© Copyright 2022 by Elliot Wilner


Photo courtesy of Ebay.
Photo courtesy of Ebay.

It was a few minutes after seven o’clock when Simon drove up the driveway of the Bethesda Country Club, heading toward the clubhouse where the Woodrow Wilson High School reunion was already underway. The parking lot closest to the clubhouse was by now nearly full, and it pleased Simon to see that the parked cars were mostly mid-size SUVs, or aging Volvos like his, unpretentious cars, utilitarian cars, none of them gas-guzzlers. . . .

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In Like A Lion...Out Like Two Lions




Karen Radford Treanor 

 


© Copyright 2022  by Karen Radford Treanor

Before the storm. Photos by the author.
The java-cloth curtains before the storm. Photos by the author.                    

Give me a home among the gum trees” said the theme song of a now-defunct gardening show. Gum trees—genus eucalyptus—come in many varieties, and quite a few of the larger ones marched along the fence line of our home in the hills above Perth, Western Australia. Eucalyptus tend to drop their branches suddenly, especially if stressed or ill, with only a loud cra-a-a-ck! to warn those beneath. . . .

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I Don't Know How She Does It





Marcia McGreevy Lewis

 





Photo courtesy of Connie Niva.
Photo courtesy of Connie Niva.

 
Connie Niva returned to graduate school at mid-life for a Master of Public Policy. Why this consummate professional pursued a different direction in life says everything about her inquisitive mind. In her early years, she had lectured in microbiology to medical students and then taught Palestinian nurses in East Jerusalem for two years. She embraced the opportunity to live in a variety of countries and was also raising four children while globetrotting. . . .

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Endangered Folks, Chimps, and Funa on the Brinks



Ikyereve Denen


 
© Copyright 2022 by Ikyegeve Denen



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

More than a decade ago, fate took Haruna Bawa to his lifelong ambition. The 56 year old longed for a more serene life that offered hope for survival away from the fake fancies of Abuja, Nigeria the capital city and centre of beureacracy. . . .

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If That's How Winning Feels, I'd Rather Lose





Israa Abdelfatah



 
© Copyright 2022 by Israa  Abdelfatah

Photo by Iva Rajović on Unsplash
Photo by Iva Rajović on Unsplash

He was so lonely. That was what the pig always thought of and how he always felt. Utter loneliness and unavoidable solitude. It was not his fault though, he thought to himself. It was not anybody’s fault. It was what it was. He was born as ugly as a sin; his face was deformed, and his hair was all dishevelled. . . .

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The Foxes with Doggy-ears





Meenakshi Bhatt



 
© Copyright 2022 by Meenakshi Bhatt



Photo courtesy of Pexels.
Photo courtesy of Pexels.

In 1959, in the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russia, the Russian geneticist Dmitri Belyaev started an experiment to observe domestication in animals. Belyaev had worked with domestic animals for many years and was interested in the process by which wild animals could be tamed. . . .

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Wawa's Divine Sign





Alexi Dinerstein


 
© Copyright 2022 by Alexi Dinerstein



Photo by Artturi Jalli on Unsplash
Photo by Artturi Jalli on Unsplash
September 17th, 2018: my first day teaching at a Catholic High School. While for some this occasion may have been a rudimentary occupational exercise, I found myself in the midst of yet another professional predicament. . . .

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The Friendly Neighborhood Doctor



Habib Zreik


 
© Copyright 2022 by Habib Zreik



Photo courtesy of Pexels.
Photo courtesy of Pexels.

When I think of our late neighbor Dr. Loshkajian, or Dr. Arteen as we knew him, the first image that comes to my mind is of him in a white cotton loose undershirt, which manages to stretch even wider than his round belly. . . .

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Ha



Fredrick Hudgin


 
© Copyright 2022 by Fredrick Hudgin





Photo of a Christmas tree orniment.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

This was a tough one to write. When I came home from Vietnam, I put all the unhappy memories in a box at the back of my mind and sealed it with mental tape, never to be opened again. But this story has escaped many times. I still see Ha being driven away in that jeep. . . .

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Dirt Roads and Calloused Hands



Robert Flournoy



 
© Copyright 2022 by Robert Flournoy   
 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
                                       Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

When I was young, dirt roads were a silent witness to my life, their dusty presence taken for granted, as were crawdads, mules, may pops, BB guns and the whistle of a Bob White Quail.  Where I came from there were also gators, cotton mouths, bull frogs and dragon flies as wide as a farmer's hand. . . .

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Welcome Home



Robert Flournoy



 
© Copyright 2022 by Robert Flournoy   
 

Photo by Suzy Turbenson on Unsplash
                                       Photo by Suzy Turbenson on Unsplash

I find it awkward when someone says "thank you for your service".  I usually mumble some thanks back, and with averted eyes, move on.  These words almost always come from people who did not serve, and while respectfully rendered, they make me squirm a little bit. I do not know why. . . .

A Tragedy and a Blessing



Ohanya K'Otengo


 
© Copyright 2022 by Ohaya K'Otengo



Photo by David Clode on Unsplash
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

I was dead. That is the best way to describe the experience or non-experience, now that I am writing after death or better, when back to life.

When I came to, and that's for lack of a better word, the best I could remember was that I went somewhere but not on earth. I am sure that for quite some time I was not around. Certainly not here. . . .

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Gringos Estupidos



Edward Bogdan




 
© Copyright 2022 by Edward Bogdan



Photo courtesy of the author.
Photo courtesy of the author.

Thirty, single, and unhappy in San Francisco’s hippy society of the ‘70s, I set my sights on Latin America. My search for life’s meaning led me to problems with La Policia south of the border. As a ‘gringo’ (derogatory Latino term for North Americans), I was among those labeled both as ‘estupido’ (stupid), and as easy marijuana-carrying targets. . . .

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Moving Day






Darien Greene



 
© Copyright 2022 by Darien Greene



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Shackled and chained to another human being, inside a prisoner transport bus, I can’t help but to notice the hushed talking of other prisoners. Remembering the loud voices and tones of bravado about finally leaving jail to go to prison, the night before. The night before: is when the jail’s correctional officers let you know that you’re being moved to state prison to commence your sentence, so you have to pack up. . . .

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How I learned the joys, wonder and misadventures of traveling from my parents




Leslee W. Kahler

 
© Copyright 2022 by Leslee W. Kahler




Leslee's backyard in Norway.  Photo by the author.
Leslee's backyard in Norway.  Photo by the author.

When I was a little my father, who was an engineer took a job in Mobile, Alabama building oil rigs a few months before hurricane Camille hit on August 17, 1969. My parents decided to listen to the weather man about the severity of the storm and to evacuate inland. We packed up both family cars with our pets, clothes, photo albums, bedding and a few select toys for my brother and I and we headed inland at a crawl. By the time we had packed up and hit the road it was dark and it was pouring rain as the first bands of rain hit the Gulf Coast. . . .

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Get Your Comeuppance Here




Katharine Valentino


 
© Copyright 2022 by Katharine Valentino



Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Photo courtesy of Pexels.

In first grade, I read the entire first chapter of Fun with Dick and Jane during the first reading session on the first day. Within a week, I was up to "'See the big horses,' said Jane" on page 50. Meanwhile, the other kids were stumbling through “See it go up” on page 6. By the time they got to “This is not fun” on page 9 the following week, I had decided that what was not fun was reading in school. Reading in school was boring. I had already learned to read by being read to every night before being tucked into bed. . . .

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An Ode to Przemsyl
A Lyrical Prose Poem





Carl Winderl

 
© Copyright 2022 by Carl Winderl




Photo courtesy of the author.
Photo courtesy of the author.

When Humanity’s at Its Worst . . . . . . what evil can entail.

So, I’m standing just outside the train station in the little town of Przemsyl, Poland. ( pronounced: shemma-shuh )

Today. March 25th, 2022. One month and one day since Russia invaded Ukraine, while atrocious and horrifying unimaginable acts of the invaders continue to be too too fresh in the hearts and minds and on the retinas of people all around the world. . . .

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Getting to Know the Canon




Pamella Laird



 
© Copyright 2022 by Pamella Laird

Photo by Josè Maria Sava on Unsplash
 Photo by Josè Maria Sava on Unsplash

Way back in the Fifties, it was commonplace to hitchhike when on a working holiday. In our case, my nurse friend Zala and I were in England for more than two years, far from our native New Zealand. . . .

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Scary Tale of a Lone Black Kid




Paul Onuh


 
© Copyright 20221 by Paul Onuh


 Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

While I walked down the sandy road from elementary school, all alone like a stone cold loner at age seven. I looked straight in front of me, dressed in a checkered brown and white shirt, pink short and white socks. Still I could recall my brown rubber sandals and colorful bag, right then. . . .

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They Were Never Mine



Subhiksha Parthiban


 
© Copyright 2022 by Subhiksha Parthiban





Photo by Akram Huseyn on Unsplash
Photo by Akram Huseyn on Unsplash

I feed them daily, they are there for my arrival. No such bond exists between me and any human soul including my family. I am worried if they are not there. Scared when they don’t be there for me. . . .

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Devils of Speechless Creatures



Muthulakshmi Muthukrishnan



 
© Copyright 2022 by 
Muthulakshmi Muthukrishnan



Photo by Roger-Johansen on Pexels.
Photo by Roger-Johansen on Pexels.

Could  anyone of you give a think about nights without  sleep for several years of your life, always put under the grip of a damaged kidney(kidneys?) due to improper schedule of sleep? Yes,I have been experiencing this phobia for the past ten years, fearing to meet the dawn past five hours! . . .

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Encounters of the Wild Kind






Eleanor Dorst


 
© Copyright 2020 by Eleanor Dorst



Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash
                              Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash
This happened some time ago when technology was not at its peak and social media had yet to be invented.

As the saying goes, ‘ I wish I had a camera to capture this moment.’  This little tale goes out to you. . . .

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Surrounded by Swirling Swallows:
The Animal Encounter of a Lifetime



Gavin Greenfield



 
© Copyright 2022 by Gavin Greenfield




Photo by Julian on Unsplash
Photo by Julian on Unsplash


The era of discovery is mostly over in the field of zoology. Long gone are the days when intrepid adventurers could discover large and colorful animals every day simply by walking through distant and remote lands previously unexplored by Western scientists. . . .

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My Terrifying Encounter 
With a Black Cat at Night



Ikyereve Denen


 
© Copyright 2022 by Ikyegeve Denen



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

On the first day of January every year was my birthday and I had a yearly ritual of celebrating this day at my village which was 400 kilometers from the city center were I was working at, but unfortunately I forgot about this ritual for the 2021 due majorly to the fact that I had a visitor who was my childhood friend who was based in the united states of America but had to come briefly for his mothers funeral. . . .

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"Fairy" Beetles



Janice Rider


 
© Copyright 2022 by Janice Rider



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

My background is in zoology, conservation, and education. As a result, I have spent a lot of time working with and being with animals. I have worked at veterinary clinics and at the Calgary Zoo during spring and summer breaks while attending university. . . .

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Fierce Love



Lauren Stoker


 
© Copyright 2022 byLauren StokerE



Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


The last of the summer is ebbing, but it’s still warm, moist and green. A new storm is coming, they say. Sunshine passes in and out of clouds, now illuminating, now veiling in shadow. The contrasts are glorious.

And here I sit at my desk, looking out instead of being there. . . .

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The Sadistic Mega-Beast



Irene Joseph


 
© Copyright 2022 by Irene Joseph





Photo by Faris Mohammed on Unsplash
Photo by Faris Mohammed on Unsplash

Why are you sat there crying again?” my parents would turn to me and ask. It was the eighties and I was four or five, sat watching the dreaded programmes involving animals. Lassie, Littlest Hobo, Benji, etc, or even my Dad's avid watching of animal documentaries, would just set me off into floods of tears – even though nothing terrible had happened to the animals!...

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Casting Shadows




Marc Revere


 
© Copyright 2022 by Marc Revere


 

Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash
Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

We were paralleling history, slicing through placid ebony waters under a moonless sky at seven knots just off the coast of Santa Barbara County. But, not near the City of Santa Barbara, or its pier, or the gaudy tee shirt tourist traps or bars, nor the University or the offshore scourge, the brightly lit oil platforms, but miles away in pitch darkness. We are on the very western edge of the county. It is so remote here there are no inhabitants and no lights, albeit a rotating beam every 30 seconds of Point Conception Light. . . .

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Animal Control Took Care Of It





Barry Purcell

 
© Copyright 2022 by Barry Purcell




Photo by Wilson Chen on Unsplash
 Photo by Wilson Chen on Unsplash

In 2007, I moved from Ireland to California in an attempt to save a marriage. I suddenly found myself transplanted from a land of permanent dampness and rolling green hills to a land of constantly blaring sunshine, capricious earthquakes and dusty rocks as far as the eye can see in every direction. . . .

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Our Hideaway



Wanda Nelson


 
© Copyright 2022 by Wanda Nelson





Photo by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash
Photo by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash

I discovered him gnawing on a bright green blade of grass underneath Mama’s white rose bush. Mama’s rose bush was my very own special retreat from the scorching sun of sizzling summer days and the place I carried my library books selected from the Bookmobile. Sometimes I carried the paper dolls Mama cut from the grocery paper sacks or I wore the nurses cap she made for me out of leftover school notebook paper. Whether I became a princess from one of my library books or pretended to be a nurse to my paper dolls given names and colored hurriedly with broken crayons; this place was my domain.

I was lying flat on my stomach as my blonde hair cascaded across my freckled cheeks. Immediately, I became quite still as I had never been this close to a grasshopper. . . .

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The OnÇa


Penelope Maclachlan


 
© Copyright 2022 by Penelope Maclachlan





Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Rosa’s eyes blazed. Somebody probably warned me against putting my hand between the bars of her cage. She was the first onça I ever saw during my childhood in Brazil. She was nothing like our cat at home, as she was twenty times bigger with huge jaws and feet. . . .

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A Spectacular Fight





Samantha Pinazza


 
© Copyright 2022 by Samantha Pinazza



Photo by Michael Mogensen on Unsplash
Photo by Michael Mogensen on Unsplash
It was a beautiful late spring evening, the fresh air freely entering the living room window, while my husband Simon and I were getting ready for bed. I had just closed my book and was about to get up from the sofa, stretching and yawning, when I saw the dog immobilizing, his ears straight and his eyes attentive. . . .

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In Kite Nation



Caroline Fynn




 
© Copyright 2022 by Caroline Fynn



Photo of Yogi.
Photo of Yogi.

I watched part of a documentary on reincarnation while sitting in a waiting room in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I followed the English subtitles and noticed how the subject was not presented as a possibility, but as a given, portrayed as fact. Until the year 2016, I had lived for three years in the south of the teardrop island. In this land, devotees to Buddhism hold an unshakeable faith in reincarnation. I loved these people and respected their beliefs and culture. Nevertheless, I thought the notion of rebirth to be unrealistic. I paid no attention. Much the same as I would ignore moon worship or an argument in favor of a flat Earth. . . .

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Just a Sip






Sara Todd-Stone


 
© Copyright 2022 by Sara Todd-Stone



Photo by the author.
Photo by the author.

My husband and I left it all. We had successful careers, lived in a historic apartment downtown in a bustling city, walked to the local co-op for our groceries. We were up and coming … yuppies. After a visit to the mountains in North Carolina, we decided to take the road less traveled; literally. We moved across the country to a little old farmhouse at the end of a dirt road that backed up to 100 acres of old growth forest. We knew there would be work involved - lots of it. But our naivety slapped us in the face when we got there. . . .

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10 Critical Pieces Of Advice For All Our Future Sons And Daughters





Abdallahi Hamby


 
© Copyright 2022 by Abdallahi Hamby



Photo courtesy of Laura Garcia at Pexels.
Photo courtesy of Laura Garcia at Pexels.

This letter is for not only my future son(s) and daughter(s) but for all of our future sons and daughters. For in fact, the next generation is all of our responsibility and they will be the ones to hold all of us in their hands. Your son might be my daughter’s future husband or vice versa. Your daughter’s decisions might be the ones to drastically influence my son. The possibilities are endless and so are the ripples. . . .

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My Real-Life Story



Jeanne Marie Donnelly


 
© Copyright 2022 by Jeanne Marie Donnally



Photo (c) 2010 by Richard Loller

Photo (c) 2010 by Richard Loller

The two dates that changed my life were October 28th 2012 and December 8th, 2014.  

This story is about how these two dates intertwine. October 28th 2014 is the day hurricane Sandy hit New York. Prior to this, I never thought much about natural disasters or their life-altering impact. Life was great as the weather until that evening. . . .

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Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pearl Harbor That Didn't Happen





Gene J. Parola




© Copyright 2022 by Gene J. Parola



Photo courtesy of Ebay.
Photo courtesy of Ebay.

The photo is grainy, as most Honolulu newspaper photos were in 1941. However, there is no mistaking the man and woman who stand in regal finery, hands raised in the half wave that royalty seems to favor.  

The caption barks its message in capital letters: THE CROWN PRINCE AND PRINCESS KAIULANI GREET PILOTS RECENTLY RETURNED FROM JAPAN’S SUCCESSFUL DECEMBER 7 AIR ATTACK ON SAN DIEGO.
Unbelievable? Of course. It never happened. . . .

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The Olive Oil Thief



Salam Syagha


 
© Copyright 2022 by Salam Syagha



Photo by ulleo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo by ulleo courtesy of Pixabay.

This true story will definately lead us to think twice before we decide on our expectations. I hope you enjoy it. . . .

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Charlie's Good Year



Valerie Forde-Galvin




 
© Copyright 2022 by Valerie Forde-Galvin



Drawing of Charlie by Valerie.
Drawing of Charlie by Valerie.

They say that relationships hold up the mirror and teach you something about yourself. Well, Charlie did this and more. Charlie possessed courage, style, and joie de vivre. Sufficient unto himself, Charlie had chutzpah. And Charlie passed it on. Yes, Charlie came into my life to remind me of who I am and who I could become. . . .

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Snowy






Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj

 
© Copyright 2022 by Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj




Photo by EKATERINA  BOLOVTSOVA at Pexels.
Photo by Photo by EKATERINA  BOLOVTSOVA at Pexels.

I was a little girl, in the 1950s, around five or six years of age I think, when I had my first encounter with a snake. It changed my life forever. . . .

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Swimming With The World’s Biggest Sharks Before They Become Extinct



Jennie Mae Ong

 
© Copyright 2022 by Jennie Mae Ong




Photo by Adiprayogo Liemena on Pexels.
Photo by Adiprayogo Liemena on Pexels.

Jump, get in the water” The spotter suddenly shouted. His excited voice drove us all into a frenzy and we started jumping off the boat. Water splashed everywhere as our dark heads bobbed in the water. Not everyone can swim, but our life jackets were keeping us afloat. We all bobbed around waiting excitedly for instructions, anticipation filled the air. . . .

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Jeanne's Valley



E. P. Lande


 
© Copyright 2022 by E. P. Lande



Photo (c) Marc Beerman, http://www.oldmanphotography.com
Photo (c) Marc Beerman, http://www.oldmanphotography.com

We walk daily—Lily, Mandela, and me. When it was just Lily with me, we would walk around the lake or take one of the paths that led farther into the hills surrounding the lake. But Mandela is a small dog, so when he’s with us, we walk through Jeanne’s valley. . . .

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The Black Sheep of the Family Walks Away




Kelly Maida



 
© Copyright 2022 by Kelly Maida


Photo of the author.
Photo of the author.


HI, it’s just me.

The black sheep of the family! I’m back and I have something to say. . . .

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The Deer Survived



Lew Goddard
Edited by Anne Goddard


 
© Copyright 2022 by Lew Goddard


Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
                      

The old green John Deere D tractor was under my control in a field belonging to my-brother-in-law who had married one of my sisters. I was fifteen. Summer fallowing was a common practice wherein no crop is grown and plant life is controlled by cultivation or chemicals during a season when a crop might normally be grown. . . .

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Where Does The Hare Go

 

Ellie S. Thomas   
 

© Copyright 2022 by  Ellie S. Thomas

 
 

Photo by Georgiana Simon on Unsplash
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

There were three small rabbits living next door and we wanted to see them. No one knew how they got there or where the mother was but these little fellows were making it all on their own. . . .

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I Was Here



Roger Barbee


 
© Copyright 2022 by Roger Barbee




Photo courtesy of Pexels.
 Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Uncle Foy was the youngest of the five children in my father's family. My memories of him, his wife Mildred, and their two young daughters are good ones even though events happened as they did. He was the uncle who had a friend make my brother and me a small wire rack to use over the campfires we built in our backyard. . . .

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Where The Wild Things Are In Alaska





Valerie Winans


 
© Copyright 2022 by Valerie Winans




Photo property of the author.
Photo property of the author.

My husband and I worked two seasons as campground hosts in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. It was like working in a zoo where all the animals roamed free. Our first encounter was on our very first day at Savage Campground. As campground hosts, we needed to know what the area was all about before we could be much help to visitors. . . .

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Who Ruffled the Emu?





Desiree Kendrick


 
© Copyright 2021 by Desiree Kendrick
 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

A child’s memory is a precious thing. Even selective. It’s innocent at times and devious when the situation calls for survival of the fittest. We were a playmate trio, my younger siblings and I. However, if you ask us to retell a story you may easily get three different versions. I leave it to you to decide whose version is the closest to the truth. . . .

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When Giving Kindness Pays You  Back


Kathryn Payne-Olson

  

© Copyright 2022 by Kathryn Payne-Olson

  
 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

My adorable little cavachon is the best judge of character. We live in a huge community of 1,800 homes with walking trails, dog parks, gazebos and baseball fields. He growls at grumpy people and wags his tail at people who exude good energy. It’s true. . . .

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I Walked with the Wind




Lew Goddard


 
© Copyright 2021 by Lew Goddard


Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
                      

. . . .Many years ago past midnight after a hot day in the western foot hills of the Kettle River mountain range in northern Washington State it was awesomely quiet. In fact the quiet was deafening in relation to the place where my home is located. The moon was so bright that one could have read a book with its light. Elevation was estimated three thousand to four thousand feet above sea level according to the map. . . .

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A Sleepover with Friends



Deon Matzen


 
© Copyright 2021 by Deon Matzen


 
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay..

For most of my life I have liked sleeping outdoors. I did it as a child and still do it as an adult. My longest season of sleeping out came when I lived on a farm in Redmond, Washington. Having just gotten a new canvas wall tent in the ‘50s my sis and I managed to spend almost five months continuous sleeping outdoors. Sleeping in a tent is not my favorite as I like to wake and watch the stars, but it allowed for us to sleep out even through misty rains that are common to our area. . . .

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And The Lions Laze




Anna G. Joujan 


© Copyright 2022 by Anna G. Joujan 

   

Photo (c) 2001 by Richard Loller

Photo (c) 2001 by Richard Loller

It is a sound unlike any I have ever heard before, and a sound impossible to describe with the written word. But once you have heard it, you can never forget it. So my sleep has been sweet, lulled into slumber each night to the soft and steady hum of the lions. . . .

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The Pot of Gold





Pamella Laird



 
© Copyright 2022 by Pamella Laird

Photo courtesy of Pexels.
 Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Myths and legends about rainbows promise strange things. It matters not, where in the world we are, we gaze in wonder at the colours arcing between earth and sky. What do they mean, what causes this magnificent spectacle? Is it really a sign from God that never again will the world be flooded? . . .

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