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How Not to Be a Jerk Online

It goes without saying that being active on the Internet requires a thick skin. With social media tools like Facebook, we now all create content whether we recognize…

Newly Freed

thin glaze on puddles little girls giggle and stomp ice crunches under foot Finally freed from him, the woman wipes the tears from her face, a bad year…

The Last Voyage of the Nancy

Young Mary laced my bodice tight and helped me into my skirts. Dinner with the Captain required me to look my best. We’d been at sea for several…

Christmas Then and Now

Christmases were stressful growing up, especially during my teen years. Money was tight and my folks weren’t getting along. It wasn’t until I was well into my married…

The Bonded

Not every Fayre could be trusted. I learned that lesson early on. But for every million of the flittering little freaks that infested the planet, there was one…

Lemony Rain

I constructed my lair from the choicest rock candy, not dollar store seconds. The emerald green ribbon glowed deep within the rot of my heart. Shielded from the…

Full Circle

“A strange thing happened on the way to the bus stop,” I said, taking a plate from the rack and wiping it. Well-worn, these wedding gift dishes stood…

How Do You Respond to a Writing Challenge?

It’s easy to burn yourself out creatively when meeting writing deadlines or undertaking insanity projects like NaNoWriMo. Sometimes, it’s just mood and the chaos of life that locks…

Foodbanks in a Nutshell

Hunger and food insecurity in the western world is not a new problem. Colonialism and the indentured servitude required of the working poor to feed themselves became one…

Karma Ran Over My Dogma

We raced past an ambulance on the way to the airport, careening through traffic to make our flight. In a funny twist of fate, we rode the same…

Pull Over

“What seems to be the problem, Officer?” “Do you know how fast you were going, sir?” “Nu-uh. Speedometer’s been off.” “I see. I’ll have to write you a…