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Death Comes for Flash Fiction

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  ~Benjamin Franklin I read a book recently.  I won’t reveal the title.  But it seemed like an awful lot of people died.  Just when one family finally got a handle on life and things were looking up for them, Wham! the […]


O is for October

O, it turns out, is also for Oddness, and oddness is the prevailing theme of the month. “You know an odd feeling?” said comedian George Carlin. “Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate bar.” What? Where did that come from? Why is that funny? Because it’s odd. Because it surprises you with some ordinary experiences […]


Back-to-School Time

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s back-to-school time.  For some it’s a melancholy time.  For others it’s a cause for rejoicing.  For me, well, it’s business as usual. For the boy in our first story, school means facing hard truths—about himself, about the world, about compassion.  Eli Hastings’ “The Cell I’m In” is a strongly […]


Strength in Numbers

I like to believe I can fend for myself — that I’m a strong, capable woman who can take life on the chin. But every now and again, when I’m sent reeling toward either end of the spectrum, extreme happiness or sadness, I find I’m not quite so invincible by myself. I need companionship. Family, […]


It’s Complicated

It’s summertime. At my house, that means the kids are home, I’m exhausted, and my husband is getting mid-afternoon phone calls asking when he’s coming home to rescue me from our two adorable wild-lings. Family is messy and uncontrollable. Just ask anyone with a child in diapers who’s picked cereal out of her hair. But […]


A June Challenge

Each month I make a sometimes thin attempt at finding some common link between the stories we publish.  Maybe they’re all fantasies.  Maybe they’re all about people coping with death.  Maybe they’re all about winning a lottery–money or Shirley Jackson-esque.  Sometimes it’s easy.  Sometimes it’s a bit of a stretch. Here I sit with two […]



I like quotes. is one of my favorite sites. This month I typed in ‘change’ in honor of this month’s stories. I found this that fits at least two of them quite nicely: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  ~Viktor E. Frankl In “Anywhere […]


Extraordinary Possibilities

Actress Kandyse McClure, best known for her portrayal of Anastasia Dualla in the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica series, once said: “I’ve always loved the power of stories to transport me to another world, to imagine extraordinary possibilities, to experience things I may not have access to in my regular life…” With this month’s issue we […]


Birds Not of a Feather

This week I saw a robin in my yard. That means something in the western United States. It means spring is definitely coming despite all the doubt that harsh January and February snows brought with them. Soon to follow that robin were woodpeckers and magpies and seagulls and others, a new and welcome cacophony of […]


St. Valentine

During the month of February, dreamy-eyed girls often dot their I’s with little hearts, flower shops are overrun with frantic husbands, chocolates come in heart-shaped boxes, romance is everywhere, we hope, for everyone who wants it.  All thanks to St. Valentine who, I suspect, would not have recognized the day that bears his name. But […]


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