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Heart-Shaped Box

We went to Wal-Mart, Rag Shop, Target, Phar-Mor. On school nights, Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons as the sun dipped toward dinnertime, we drove down U...

Elysium

“What’s wrong, Monroe? Are you still thinking about death?” Your mom and I are preparing dinner when we overhear your twin sister ask the question. The two ...

The Fable of Algorithm Father

Mom bought the Algorithm Father in the hot middle of my analog summer. Mom bought the Algorithm Father because she liked the idea of an extra set of hands, ...

Pumping

I wish I could be a good writer, but being a mother makes that difficult. I wish that I could sit down every day at the same time and pump out a thousand words...

Stronger

In the early morning night of January the car won’t turn over. Jim tries again, turning the key while pumping the gas pedal. Closer, still no luck.  The c...

Impermanence

The hot desert wind picks up, blowing gusts of pollen through the motel window. I imagine a layer of Easter-egg-yellow dust on my naked back. The comforter is ...

Downwind

After Leon died, Loretta sold most of the farm away. Away, in different ways. The back fields, nearly 300 acres, went to two neighboring farms, the Rathmueller...

Rules for Writing an Essay

Lately, there is a cottage industry booming for writing about writing, which was once considered a bit of a faux pas, a magician revealing his or her secrets. ...

Subplot

My husband claims the thing that most “offends” him about my lover (“offends” is his word, versus something more predictable, like “upsets”) is that Adam’s fav...