Andiamo! ~ Sue Granzella

  I have some great pictures of my dad. There’s the one of him reading to my two sisters and me, the oldest of us only five. Jan, the eldest, is nestled against his right side, Nan is tucked under his left arm and is gripping his thigh, and I’m pressed up behind him with […]

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Animal Acts ~ Dawn Marano

  Forty-some years ago a company of sixty-one ice skaters, two chimpanzees, and a flock of white homing pigeons arrived in Atlantic City. Ice Capades had been opening its new season in the Convention Hall on the Boardwalk every summer for decades. A few ushers who’d seen their first ice show there as kids liked […]

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Underwater ~ Alvin Greenberg

  I can still see, more sharply focused than it could possibly have been at the time, the image of my four-year-old daughter being tossed into the air above our little boat by a sudden wave and about to drop into the deep, translucent blue waters of the Arabian Sea.  It had been, till then, […]

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Fine, Soft Days in Galway ~ Karen Babine

  Come away, human child, to the waters and the wild… —W. B. Yeats, “The Stolen Child”   It’s been seven years since I was last in Galway and it’s good to be home. I’ve come into town on the express bus from Dublin, following a week in Belfast, and for a moment I stand […]

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Everything Reaches to Light ~ Suzanne Farrell Smith

My husband and I were at my mother’s, weeding. She lives in a six-bedroom house on a sizable lot—front and back yard, gardens, and ample Connecticut woods. Her four daughters have always been the landscaping crew. As kids we lugged sloshing-full watering cans to each whiskey-barrel-turned-flower-bed while our mother, widowed ten years after building the […]

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Natural Habitat ~ Sarah M. Wells

“Drip, drip, drop When the sky is cloudy You come along, come along with your Pretty little song” from Disney’s Bambi – “Little April Showers”   After the bison stuck their long, muddy snouts fully through the rolled-down windows of our Ford Expedition and the kids shrieked with glee, we rolled up the windows and […]

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Fellow Travellers ~ Grace Bauer

  Picture a highway. The New Jersey Turnpike, to be exact. Picture two young women –early twenties — standing on the shoulder of that highway, backpacks resting at their feet as they raise their arms and cock their thumbs upward and slightly out in that universally recognized gesture that says: Hello stranger, I’m on the […]

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Missing ~ Caroline Sutton

  I’m considering taking down an ungainly splay-leafed maple in the back yard, which grows out of a rock with the tenacity of a hyena stealing kill from a leopard.   This tree has left the pines behind it spindly and transparent with brittle branches reduced to naked twigs.  It has caused the dogwood to grow […]

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Dream Houses ~ Jill Talbot

  A man walks up and down my street in a red t-shirt, jeans, and flat sneakers. Every few steps, he stops and looks back for a moment, then turns around, keeps walking. Slowly. The first time I saw this, my ten-year-old daughter came into the kitchen to tell me there was a man outside, […]

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