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Jenean McBrearty | Big Ugly Moose

 I LEFT ATLANTA after my father died of influenza, and my mother married Dr. Campbell. He got        offered  a position at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Ottawa, and claimed, “There’s no room for the boy  there, Carolyn. And with our baby coming…” “What’ll I do with him, Leslie? Put him in a military academy?” I held my breath. Mother was in love and would have done anything for […]

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Nicholas Powers | Affirmative Action Orgasms

“HERE,” I SAID, AND GAVE HER A PETITE, TOURIST SHOP BELL. “If you’re stressed out, bored and want an orgasm, ring it.” She stared at me and a cascade of emotions washed over her face. “Are you serious?” She asked. Sitting next to her, I placed it in her palm. “Want me to wear a bowtie and white gloves? You can call me Mr. Belvedere.” She playfully punched my chest. […]

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Paul Lamb | The most natural thing in the world

Our long Saturday is nearly done. The fire is out. The boys are in the cabin, and they’ve promised me they won’t sneak out after I’m asleep to get into trouble. Curt seemed to have a fine day, though it’s getting harder for me to read him anymore. He turned fourteen on Thursday, and Kathy made sure that his party was better than the thirteen that came before. It’s been […]

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Melodie Corrigall | My birthday boy

TODAY IS THE DAY I am to gird my loins and rescue my grandchild Benjy from his dragon mother. I am stiff, bleary eyed and trembling and earplugs cannot silence the cacophony in my head. Instead of feeling fit and ready, the early morning sun swats my fragile eyes, every muscle aches and my ancient bones creak as I lift myself from my rumpled bed. I stumble towards the bathroom, […]

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