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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 […]


Just What January Needs

January is not my favorite month.  I suppose if I lived in Australia or Brazil I’d feel differently.  But I don’t.  I live in the northern hemisphere, where January is cold, dry, and dreary. You would think the perfect solution would be to publish a string of lovely, uplifting stories, the kind that makes the […]


December Line-up

The Christian Christmas, the Buddhist Bodhi Day, the Jewish Hanukkah, the Hopi Soyal, the Pan-African Kwanzaa, the Hindu Pancha Ganapati, the Saxon Mōdranihit, the Vainakh Malkh Festival, the Iranian Yalda, the East Asian Dōngzhi Festival. In nearly every corner of the globe, someone is celebrating something during the month of December. For your holiday enjoyment, […]


Affairs of the Heart

Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” The heart is an odd thing.  Despite its physical durability it can be shattered by a mere word.  Despite its practical usefulness it can leave us flustered and vulnerable in […]


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