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Ballad of a not-organ donor

Yes, here I am All body parts Intact, where they should be. My heart to beat My feet to walk Both eyes in orbs to see. I have two lungs If you want one Please put aw... read more...


A happy hunting ground

I received a letter the other day from my friend Lolly, saying, “Did I tell you that I got my laptop recycled. They assured me that it wouldn’t feel any pain. Sniff.” It wa... read more...


Once upon a book club

Imagine if you will two built-in bookcases, one on either side of large windows overlooking a leafy front yard. Under the windows is a window seat. Across from the window se... read more...


Uncle Jack's favorite

It was a family gathering in Chicago, and all of us were there. Assorted uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, my mother, my brother, my Aunt Libby, and my Uncle Jack. Also signif... read more...


Theodore's Star

The Universe is divided into three time zones: The Present. The Future. And the Once-Upon-A. This story takes place in the Once-Upon-A time zone, in which there lived a ... read more...


The cow who thought she was a horse

Had she been given a choice, Mabel the Cow would have preferred a different name. In her heart of hearts, she knew that she was really a “Thunderbolt,” or a “Midnight,” or a ... read more...


The mishmash drawer

People and properties generally function on the basis of order and discipline. Sofas are in living rooms. Night tables are in bedrooms. Pots and pans are in kitchens. Thou... read more...


The one thing you can count on

In order to describe what happened, I have to transport you to a time and place when the twins, Tierney and Doe Madrigal, were not quite teens. Their mother, Jeanette, had an... read more...


The shoulders of giants

Imagine this. You are a child. Your reading-age is somewhere between Just So Stories and Robinson Crusoe. You are sitting on a window seat overlooking a leafy backyard. Yo... read more...


Refigerator Magnets and the End of Civilization

Last week, I tried to give a birthday present to my friend. I was certain at the time that it was both practical and thoughtful. I was wrong. My rejected (humph) present ... read more...


Refigerator Magnets and the End of Civilization

Last week, I tried to give a birthday present to my friend. I was certain at the time that it was both practical and thoughtful. I was wrong. My rejected (humph) present ... read more...


The Jewelry Counter

I'll tell you a story: A fiction column by Shelly Reuben My name is Chester McBride. I taught literature in Community College for twenty-six years. In the course... read more...


Be a lady, Fred

My mother’s words were magic wands that cast spells over miles and generations. Certainly, three of those words, “Be a lady,” seem to have given mystical powers to those who ... read more...


Big Footsteps - Sgt. Samuel Moses Hurwitz

By Shelly Reuben Contributor INTRODUCTION When we were little kids, we had fathers, brothers, or uncles who walked ahead of us in the snow. We gingerly placed our feet int... read more...


The accidental invention of Autumn

By Shelly Reuben Once upon a time, the President of the Universe sat in his office and looked down through the clouds at planet earth. All things considered, he reflected ... read more...



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