Who is this Valentine fellow anyway, and what does he have to do with love? Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of St. Valentine, is a holiday celebrated wherever Catholicism and its descendants have taken root. But little is known of St. Valentine, the man. A third-century martyr, Valentine died on February 14th, hence the date […]
First, from Edward Ashton, “Vernal Fall.”
Next up, “Women’s Work,” by Amelia Aldred.
And “A Lumberjack’s Guide to Dryad Spotting,” by Charles Payseur.
In addition, we have “A Woman’s Glory,” a reprint by Ashley Kunsa that first appeared in issue #10 of the Los Angeles Review, and won the A Room of Her Own Orlando Prize for 2011.
Change is inevitable, more frequently than some are comfortable with. Life changes almost constantly, yet so many of us worry ourselves sick over even the smallest changes in our self-perceived normalcy. Why is that? Change comes, worry or not. Change comes, wished for or not. “If I could change the world…” to quote from the […]
I checked the astronomical calendar. Several, in fact. I even checked the astrological calendar and a handful of websites listing popular or amazing events in November. Pretty quiet. I have to say, it is fairly packed with great holidays, but isn’t any month anymore? (I remember reading the book Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman […]
HALLOWEEN IS A FAVORITE HOLIDAY AT OUR HOUSE. We do it all. Gravestones on the grass, imitation spider web on the rose bushes, creepy glowstick eyes peering out from the shadows, a minimum of 12 pumpkins usually carved to follow a theme (last year it was classic horror literature, as you can see). We […]
“What you burnt, broke, and tore is still in my hands. I am the keeper of fragile things and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.” — Anaïs Nin This month marks my third anniversary as Publisher of Flash Fiction Online. Three years ago, if you’d told me that in September 2016, I’d be […]
On a personal level, this has been a challenging year. It’s not something I like to talk about. Or even want to talk about, much less share the details in an editorial. I learned a lot about sadness and regret, but ultimately I learned the most about what hope feels like. It didn’t come in […]
As women, maternal instinct runs deep in some of us. I say some of us because, like any human trait, its presence or absence can vary to a great degree. I suppose it could be said that variation from the norm is the norm. I had no maternal instinct as a child and young adult. I hated dolls, […]
With apologies to our readers in the southern hemisphere: Summer is here!! Double exclamation mark, swimming pools, vacations, the sun in your eyes, hot sidewalks, summer. My first summer tradition is already taken care of. I’ve read Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine for the umpteenth time. I’ve walked the ravine with Douglas Spaulding, fumed over never-mown grass with […]
Mother’s Day is a celebration of mothers, motherhood, and the profound influence women have on shaping the world of the future. The holiday is observed in over 40 nations worldwide, with well over three-quarters of those nations celebrating in the month of May. When I was a child, Mother’s Day was an affair rife with […]