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The Path, vol. 2 number 1
by Mary Nickum

short stories, essays, poetry, book reviews..  
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A Brownstone in Brookyn
by JE Thompson

A Brownstone In Brooklyn chronicles the life-altering events that shape the future of Andy Michael Pilgrim, a young man growing up in the turbulent sixties...  
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Nine New Novellas
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Nine New Novellas is a collection of nine short fiction sci-fi/paranormal works...  
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25 Most Recent Mainstream Short Stories

Wedding Days 2 by Mark Lichterman
Looking at her, Marsha’s expression and tone of voice causing his heart to lurch, because for a second he, unreasonably—especially since she’d just said, ‘we’re getting married tonight’—thought she was going to tell him that she didn’t want to marry him. “What’s wrong?” “Mitchell, I’ve… I..
Wedding Night: Gas by Mark Lichterman
Mitchell wanted them to leave immediately, if not sooner, because, his stomach bloated, he had been fighting an army of gas bubbles that, advancing through his intestinal tract, were trying, oh, yeah, to find escape through his rectum and now, squirming, thinking the profound thought, Where do fa..
Welcome Aboard by Mark Lichterman
Ignoring him, taking the papers, “Christ, Mac,” crossing the room, “just look at what they sent me for a replacement!” Slapping the papers on the Yeoman’s desk, Ewing pointed a stiffened finger to something on the top of the first sheet of paper. "Welcome Aboard" is an excerpt from my publi..
West Texas Heat by Laura Berry
Becca has a problem that goes much deeper than the heat of a West Texas night. A decision must be made, but will it be the right one?..
What About My Beliefs? by Michael LeFevre
A man has his tolerance tested when local Muslims set up a Sharia Zone in his neighbourhood. Warning: Any attempt to use this story to promote bigotry will not be tolerated. ..
What's Up Your Kilt? by Edward Phillips
Just the bare facts.....
What’ch’ma’call’it: 5of 5 by Mark Lichterman
Careful!! Gutteral language and coarse sexual scene...
When Life Gives You Lemons A Conversation Between Audrey and Kailyn With S. by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
Kailyn "You Take Life As It Comes" says: I guess the disease had damaged her legs to much to be of much help MotherHubbard8 says: yes Kailyn "You Take Life As It Comes" says: thats what she told me ..
When Wealth, Facts, and Inheritances Collide by Edward Phillips
Truth takes a backseat...
Where have all the people gone? by Fallen Sword
How might your daily routine change if you stepped back in time, say, 50 or 60 years?..
Where is the Justice by c lea harris
Justice is suppose to be a part of the system for all of us, then why is it that for some it does not apply to. ..
While Joe the Plumber Was Sleeping by David Arthur Walters
All the money in the world disappeared!..
Who Are We? by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A woman with cerebral palsy shares her story. Image (c) 2010, by Karla Dorman...
Who Goes/ The War Effort by Mark Lichterman
The Grand Manufacturing Company, the Lipensky business, named “Grand” for Grand Avenue where it was located rather than its grand size, which it wasn’t, went out of business because it produced a “non‑essential” product using “essential” material. A "Becoming Excerpt"..
Whom the Gods Love by Brenda Townsend Hall
i>Juno was incensed when she learned it:Jove had impregnated Semele. Curses came bursting out of her throat, but she swallowed them Hissing: 'Anger is lost on Jupiter.'/i> Semele, Ovid, Metaporpohoses, translated by Ted Hughes..
Why Sounds are Important by Harold Hester
Sounds, noises are wonderious and meaningful but they also do so much more...
Read excerpt from Wilma's Goodbye, 1949 Wilma's Goodbye, 1949 by Paxton Riddle
Wilma visits the Quapaw Agency House the last day before it is to be razed. It is the last tangible remnant of the vague memories of her Modoc mother...
Read excerpt from Wilma's Goodbye, 1949 Wilma's Goodbye, 1949 by Paxton Riddle
Wilma returns for the last time to the Quawpaw Agency House, where her Modoc mother often stood in line with her ration card. Now it is to be razed, the last palpable remnant of her mother's memory...
Who's Joining Unions Today? Hint: It's Not the White Guys by Chris the Abducted Alien
"How are unions attracting … new members?" A recent report from the Berger-Marks Foundation spotlighted the results of a summit involving different generations of women union activists, and the conclusions of the young participants are particularly striking. .. "The values expressed by these yo..
Wind Sparked Memories by Rodney Bohen
Quite personal recollection often renders the parchment wet, from the fallen tears of creation. So stands this piece in time......
Window Shopping by Brenda Townsend Hall
i>No harm in a little window shopping./i>..
Winter Wonderland by Ursela Wetjen
A dark story for a dark morning!..
Winter: Snow, 1 of 3 by Mark Lichterman
Holding his mouth an inch from the frozen glass, feeling the radiating cold, he exhaled his warm breath onto the opaque surface. A dime‑sized spot melted; a nickel, a quarter, a half‑dollar. He looked through the clear, transparent circle and took a sharp intake of breath. “Snow!” The wi..
Worth A Hug by John Gorman
Marjorie hugs her cello, waiting for her daddy to come home. When a shady salesman rings her doorbell Marjorie forks over her life savings to buy her daddy a welcome home present...
Writer's Block by J.A. Aarntzen
Something that I wrote long ago just out of the need to write...
Writing In The Green Tea Hour by Ian Gilmour
An account of a brief moment of unexplained bliss...
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What he said then, and what he tells us today- Obama In His
by Tuchy (Carl) Palmieri

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Along the Watchtower
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Part love story, part fantasy adventure, part family drama and moving chronicle of recovery, Along the Watchtower is the story of a severely wounded Iraq War vet who bat..  
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