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$1000 To Lose by Shome Dasgupta

I become sad whenever I watch Wheel Of Fortune. Just the other day it happened again–I was watching an episode at the hotel and two of the contestants were winning a good bit of money but the third person, Lena–I believe was her name–just couldn’t […]

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A Time Like This by Dave Henson

My uncle calls my father’s name. “Can he hear me?” my uncle asks me. “Maybe,” I say. “Doctor says it’s one of the last things to go.” Die, Dad, please don’t die. My uncle wants to make it to 90. When he’s almost there, he falls […]

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Teeth by Celia Meade

When I was growing up, there was a skeleton in my basement. Huddled under the covers in bed, I imagined it clacking together, realigning to its former, living order and climbing up to the second floor. You may imagine the bones as white, but they […]

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Yellow Ladybugs by Kinsey Oliver

My hand reached up, far from my small frame, and the ground was unstable. I grasped my father’s hand—all rough and covered in callouses. I couldn’t have been sure that he was there, my eyes had been cast down at the ladybug crawling across my […]

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Forever Restless by Jessica Evans

Even now, you are still a peony, all soft sadness and captivating glances and I am bamboo, rigid, tough, sinewy. Bamboo can’t afford to be restless like flower petals because we must bear down and root, even if it’s only rooting in water. My restlessness […]

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North 19th Street by Marilyn Duarte

A woman with faded pink curlers bouncing in her hair and an oversized T-shirt swelling in the breeze, stands in front of the closed, Old School Pub on North 19th Street. Next to a stack of newspapers piled high underneath a “For Sale” sign, she […]

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Memento Mori by Thad DeVassie

I was in the car on my way to see my mother, who is in an unknowing, unwinnable battle with dementia, when this earworm took hold. Memento Mori – remember that you will die. It came from Seth Godin’s audiobook The Icarus Deception. I was […]

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