Still Life

Martha soaped her washcloth then lifted her foot from the warm bath water. Her foot looked faded. She propped both her legs on the side of the tub and bent…

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Uncle Myron

Name’s Ari, which is short for Aristarchus. Aristarchus Archer. AA—ha! Can you believe it? Maybe I was supposed to be a living prompt for my momma or something. Anyhow, Pops…

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Carousel Prodigal Terminus

I. Carousel A carousel of objects, that’s what we’d called it.  I didn’t much get to know the man my wife had sent to rescue me from psycho-digital limbo beyond…

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Old Folks

The trucks came at noon, a solemn procession of enormous, closed moving vans with great empty stomachs and deep tinted windows to shield the desert sun. There were three, identical and shiny black, with no lettering. But now, against the long empty gray-white distance, they seemed no more than flickers, a…

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A Man of Honor

Andrew sat in his leather chair at the center of his meticulous den and studied Jessica, who stood only an arm’s length away. The child frowned and pulled at the…

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Kitty, Kitty

When I told my husband that our cat was missing, perhaps for weeks, it now seemed to me, he said blankly, “What cat?” We were in the living room, doing…

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Together

There was a certain love she had for him. It was strong: stinging at times, flowy and uplifting during others. But that’s just how love is, isn’t it? Lorraine was…

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Children of the Corn

The children huddled in kernels, the yellowing husks of their former lives like an incubator for the new harvest. After the gut flora was destroyed, the pre and pro biotic…

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The Abbey

The law of 13 February 1790 suppressed all monasteries in France, and the revolutionary state confiscated their property. Former monks and nuns were now citizens. They shed their habits, abandoned their cloisters…

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Music Box Orchestra

For a week after young Ruthie Rosenblum’s mom left, she and her dad holed up in their house—the small Victorian with wraparound porch and mezuzah on the doorpost. Neighbors stopped…

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