May-June 2013 Issue
Weeds choke off the plants and thistles rose where dahlias bloomed, painful evidence of her aunt's condition and the cousin who has become overwhelmed by her circumstances, until Cynthia lends a hand, in this short story.
Jadon Calix, at the urging of an Army buddy--veteran of Iraq--who died in his arms, goes to Louisiana in search of something. What he finds is a sneaker on the beach, a mystery, and a lovely painter who captures everything, in this short story by Tom Sheehan.
For Odette--unmarried, 22, and with a five-year-old--life is one juggling act after another. All she can hope for is to be a good enough mother, which just might be more than enough.
It takes all kinds to make God's world--one in which people answer the "still, small voice" to help one another, as Ed Bird learned on a Friday night when a friend was being evicted and had nowhere to go--or any means to get there.
A shift in perspective--from being a daughter to also being a mother--brings a new appreciation for "this thing called motherhood," in this essay by Sola Olu.
"Spring has sprung yellow..." in The Jasmine and Gerber Daisy, two poems from Danny P. Barbare.