I Don’t Know if These Are Metaphors

By Catherine Newman The New York Times chastises me in a headline: “You are making your biscuits wrong.” Seriously? There’s not enough I’m dealing with, what with everyone’s feelings about the compost bucket and the college-savings situation and the typo in my reading-series poster at work that has an event falling on the equivocal “Tursday”—I … Continue reading I Don’t Know if These Are Metaphors

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Crosswords

By Melissa Ballard Remember that time you went to a therapist because you were having vivid, disturbing dreams you were convinced were part of a past life, but you ended up talking about shopping with your mom for your prom dress in 1970? On the rack of springy pastels, you found the perfect dress: empire … Continue reading Crosswords

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Schrodinger’s Sister

By Stewart Sinclair My oldest sister’s birthday passed in the beginning of June. I didn’t call her. I was afraid to. Instead, I sent her a direct message on Facebook: a compromise—I told myself—between an impersonal public wall post and actual conversation. I told her Happy Birthday. I told her I love you. I didn’t … Continue reading Schrodinger’s Sister

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Am I Married?

By Sue Fagalde Lick I arrive at Timberwood Court carrying our wedding album. It’s our twenty-fifth anniversary. I sign in, punch the code, and walk into the activities area. Fred is sitting on a sofa in the front row of the residents listening to an accordion player and a guitarist. He’s leaning forward, neck muscles … Continue reading Am I Married?

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Head Inside the Head

By Hedia Anvar It’s summer of 1996. At twenty-seven, you are a child but don’t realize it. You go away on vacation. You go away to vacate your life, your job, your worries. You go to vacate yourself. But Italian anarchy turns your trip into the kind that keeps you inside your head, dealing with … Continue reading Head Inside the Head

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Life and Death and Dark

By Carly Bergey Is it weird to anyone else that so many of the processes of our body occur in the dark? In my mind’s eye, I’m watching things happen the way they would in an educational film in high school science. Everything: digestion, oxygen exchange, salivation, ejaculation, menstruation. I mean picture it: a woman … Continue reading Life and Death and Dark

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Fear-Biter

By Sue Granzella The first bite was on my front lawn. When a six-year-old poked her shoe near his nose, Cody darted out and bit the rubberized toe. When the shoe moved and I yelled, he seemed confused. The little girl scooted toward her mother, unhurt. It was over in seconds and left me confused, … Continue reading Fear-Biter

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The Size of a Memory, the Size of a Heart

By Laura Giovanelli On our fridge, there’s a pair of grainy black-and-white ultrasound stills, held up with a small plastic duck magnet and looking back at me and my husband every time we open the door for half-and-half or orange juice. In the photographs, our baby looks like a fuzzy cashew. A lima bean. A … Continue reading The Size of a Memory, the Size of a Heart

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Having Backbone

By Terry Barr I watch her remove the jar of Maxwell House from the top kitchen cabinet. She lets me sniff the stuff inside, the coffee, in the only form I’ll know it for many years. She spoons two helpings into her open dull-green cup, one of a set of six. Except for the colder … Continue reading Having Backbone

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Rescuing Adrian

By Naomi Ulsted I got the call at ten-thirty at night. It was typically dramatic, as my family was at that time. “They found him,” said my mother. I hung up and shook my boyfriend awake. I let him know I needed to drive to California with my mother tonight. I was meeting her at … Continue reading Rescuing Adrian

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