Category Archives: Guest Spot

"Spring in Love" by Dave Malone––Guest Blogger

Trees bloom our town into being. Forsythia crown our elbows in gold and redbuds lance our eyes. The hulking sheriff blows kisses to ladies aged past his own grandmother, and you take your shirt off in the yard until I kiss the last snowy remnants of your skin into last week. When a thunderboomer piles in, your rake your teeth… Read more »

"The Mystery of Jerome" by Sally Jadlow––Guest Blogger

“God, how do I know you’re real?” Caleb asked as he stared into the dark night sky. He was at that stage of young adulthood between knowing about Jesus, but not yet trusting Him for his everyday guidance. A few days later Caleb was at work at his usual spot at a call center. He felt something wasn’t right. The… Read more »

"The Wait." by Ethan Denault––Guest Blogger

It was late fall when the clouds came in from the mountains, and brought the rain that scattered the tourists and forced the shopkeepers to unfurl awnings and open the umbrella’s out on the patio overlooking the piazza. “You should seek cover,” the headwaiter said, turning to the old man sitting in the wicker chair in front of the Hotel… Read more »

“Sophie—Hagia Sophia: Lost In The Past” by Lorrie Crystal Eigles ––Guest Blogger

  The young woman in this acrylic/collage is the paternal grandmother I never met—Sophie Eigles. She was nineteen and filled with life. Her beauty parallels that of the “Hagia Sophia” (Istanbul) in the middle of a sunlit day. A few years after my grandparents married and began their family, Sophie began struggling with mental illness. After the birth of her… Read more »

"The Spider’s Cento" by Lois Marie Harrod––Guest Blogger

A door just opened on a street–– it launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself  as one opponent calling out checkmate    an hour past midnight.  Meanwhile back at the branch, the long-awaited return of the cardinal, St. Francis in the iris bed, snow making a little cap for his stony head, the sparse grass beneath naked trees since… Read more »

"What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Alexander Silver" by Robert Chrisman––Guest Blogger

What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Alexander Silver My Daddy came home for his summer vacation. Mostly he stays in a quiet place with his pair of noids, which are bad things. They make him act weird. The doctors try to help him, but they can’t. I asked Mommy why they don’t send the pair of noids home…. Read more »

"How to Get an Unusual Name" by Alarie Tennille––Guest Blogger

How to Get an Unusual Name Pick ancestors from a foreign-speaking   land. Begin with a name that is little heard   even there. Now stir up some rebellion. Politics and   religion work best. But first make sure you’ve chosen visionary or stubborn stock. Neighbors must wish them dead, must drag ancient uncles from their beds to execution by… Read more »

"Rapture" by Norm Ledgin––Guest Blogger

I know why the Rapture didn’t come off Saturday, May 21. I’ve reached an understanding with God. She didn’t want to start without me.  I’d never believed, but God said, “Get over that crap. You need me. I need you. I’m giving you five more months to get ready.”  “The Mayans are offering nineteen months.” “Mayans, Shmayans. Be ready when… Read more »

"What Does Not Get Photographed" by Melissa Guillet––Guest Blogger

Do I want to know what you saw? You smile slightly in a three-quarter view,here in this photo taken during the war,This is one of two pictures I’ve seen of you. You smile slightly in a three-quarter view,perhaps thinking it was the last image they’d see.This is one of two pictures I’ve seen of you.You who fathered my father, my legacy…. Read more »