Love is Obvious

By: Bec Fordyce Image: Author’s Own Recently, a very dear friend of mine discovered her boyfriend of three years has been keeping a secret from her.   The secret is one of the most reprehensible things I have ever heard. It is clear that she is the secret (and secondary) part of his life. Had I […]



By: Sica Schmitz Image: The Writing Cabin It all started because I had another vivid dream, which I sometimes do. In it, my son’s father was talking to his employees as I stood aside, politely waiting my turn for his attention, as I always did. He told them that he had something new coming up. […]


Eyes on the Prize, Violet

By: Bec Fordyce Image: Angie Oko “Eyes on the prize, Violet” has always been somewhat of a mantra of mine.   Perhaps because Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was performed ad nauseam in my elementary school speech and drama classes? That little excerpt wiggled its way into my subconscious– and it informed one of the ballsiest moves I ever […]


A Toast to Ineptitude

By: Alicia McDaniels Image: Jeannine Cannon What if I made a prose Of the ignominious text Which was verbally deployed While I was in the throes You’re using this as an excuse They said in my frenzy Bewildered, inebriated, dazed Sickened in color like my glass of chartreuse You’re privileged; you’re pretty; you’re white People […]


A Mother’s Words are Just a Memory

By: Alicia McDaniels I constantly felt that every time I spoke with my mother she had to hear about how amazing I was doing, but I actually was doing the opposite. It had gotten to the point that I felt like I was becoming a disappointment to her. My boyfriend had passed away, I had […]


A Louisiana Love Song

By: Robin Lenhart Image: Daniel Ruyter, Unsplash The house Linley grew up in was small. Two bedrooms for five people and three dogs. It was one of those mushroom-looking Acadian cottages, with a sloped roof and front porch that ran the length of the house. If you were to look up after ringing the doorbell, […]


Living in the Lion’s Den

By: Christina Conoly Image: Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.” — Rumi The moment I thought I was going to die was peaceful and still, in the midst of chaos and violence. My throat collapsed between his hands in what appeared to be satisfying ease. Like wringing out the […]


A Modern Union

By: Alicia McDaniels Image: Edel Blake “When you’re married, you grow accustomed to that person. It feels terrible to have to start over. You’re lucky, it will be easier for you.” These words stung my ears, as I was sitting in a grief support group listening to a recent widow. The three other people in […]