Hearts ~ Gary Fincke

  1 In space, the hearts of astronauts become rounder.  According to the scientists who have studied this phenomenon, the hearts of those who spend long periods of time in space were transformed into a shape that averaged nearly 10% more spherical after six months.   2 In Minnesota, recently, the hearts of moose have […]

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Philandering ~ Peter Tiernan

  My first time was with an Atari 2600. I was six. We were introduced by Chris Moran, a mutual friend who’d already exposed me to numerous cultural staples: Duck Tales, kielbasa, swearing… but this one was big. I was nervous at first. That frog seemed awfully fragile, and the cars just kept on coming. […]

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Departures ~ Libby Kalmbach

  Shortly after Christmas, Juan disappeared. He had been staying with his wife, Ernestina, and their three children at the migrant shelter where I worked, near the border in El Paso, Texas. Ernestina was in her mid-20s and was expecting their fourth child. She believed Juan had gone to Los Angeles where he hoped to […]

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Some Stumps ~ Marcia Aldrich

  How long had it taken for the crab apple to reach its height and spread across the expanse of back yard? The lifespan of a crab apple depends on the rootstock and the conditions of its habitat. John Chapman, or Johnny Appleseed as he’s become known, traveled on foot planting apple seeds, including crab […]

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La rentrée ~ Michelle Shappell Harris

    Alors, pour celles qui le souhaitent, voici quelques pistes qui devraient vous permettre de bien préparer cette rentrée! “10 Conseils pour bien préparer La Rentrée !”  So, for those who wish, here are some paths that should permit you to prepare well for this rentrée! “10 Tips to prepare well for La Rentree!“ […]

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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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