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Fiction: A Melody of Hope

Fiction: A Melody of Hope

Gifts should be used, not squandered. That’s what Lesley Manning’s grandmother would say. And Lesley didn’t want to believe it. Instead, she focused on her task at hand—washing dishes the restaurant’s breakfast crew “accidentally” left behind. Her shift at Mannie’s Bistro would begin soon, and she had to hurry. As Lesley dunked the dishes into...

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Travel: An Inspiring Literary Road Trip Across “The Pond”

Travel: An Inspiring Literary Road Trip Across “The Pond”

I’ve had the privilege of flying over the Atlantic or “The Pond” quite a few times over the years, but the time I went in 2013 was extra special to me. For one, it was the first time overseas I’d ever visited the same place twice since I’d been there six years earlier at the exact same time of the year. So, when I disembarked the plane in...

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Fiction: A Grave Silence

Fiction: A Grave Silence

Clink. Thud. Clink. Thud. The rhythmic sound of my trowel impacting earth littered with pebbles and weeds. I discarded the debris into a bucket at my feet. The sounds seemed to echo, momentarily filling the eerie silence of the cemetery. That kind of silence I hadn’t heard in years. Once, it had been my constant companion in a sea of sleepless...

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