Breath of a Town
By: Michele ClenDening
Ivanof held my attention,
begging me to listen to his story. His deep windy whisper entered my open
ears and lingered. "I. . .am. . .free. I am. . .free. . .from this dying
town. I gave it birth. It gave me. . ."
The Window Kisser
By: Lee Smith
Girls act funny; they ain't like guys. You know Margie,
across the street? She was my favorite friend --girl friend anyway. No, not
girl friend, no way! Jeez! Like a friend and a girl, get it? Anyway,
now she's gone. She's gone, and we ain't going to see her around here
By: Mariann Reinke
"Grandma, it's Mariann. You called me Arlene."
Her face contracts in confusion.
"I did?" The wrinkles dig deep into her face. "Did I tell you Joshua Kemp
is coming from Indiana?"
"Yes, Grandma, you did."
I try to sound calm. How long can a person's brain work, anyway?
OUT OF MONTANA
By: Norma Sadler
Margot said nothing. She
did not like hunting or fishing. Or Monday night football.
Nick knew this. He tried
to make things right. "We will have such a nice time, hunting cougar,"
"It's pretty to think so," Margot answered.
By: Pamela Willis
Dear Editor:May I have my own rejection letter, please?
The Music of Jacquelyn Brown
Review By: Loretta Kemsley
On her album, "Awakening: The Breath
of Life," Brown's clear soprano blends with the pluck of her harp string,
creating an aura of soft introspection easing the ache of a weary heart.
This album evokes the relaxation of candlelight or, conversely, the earth's
celebration at the first light of dawn.
By Diane Payne
Though I'm only 39 ( I can use the word "only" in limited context,
such as discussions of mammograms and retirement cities), I have been on
this six-month sentence for the past three years. Thus far, only one
doctor has suggested removing my breasts as a preventative
By: Sara Strozk
One of my friends has a relative everyone calls "crazy Aunt Katie," probably
because she does things like sending my friend refrigerator magnets with
mottoes like "Don't Congeal!" Goofy, to be sure, but she has a point.
Song & Story