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Subject: Fw: for the greater good

My grandma is a forwarder. Everyone knows a few forwarders. It’s the magic that spreads hilarious photos of cats with captions and videos of fat guys bo staff fighting. But you can imagine the sort of stuff your grandmother might forward you. Grandma stuff. Recipes and scams of which to be wary and tips to stay healthy. The sort of …

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The Last Dispatch

John C. Osborn, Contributor “All circuits are busy,” the monotone male recording said. “Please try again later.” Sandra trembled as she redialed the number. She pressed the cell phone so hard against her ear, it left an imprint. The phone’s blue glow made her cream-colored, smooth-skinned face look oxygen-starved. Dial tone made connection. “9-1-1,” a female dispatcher said on the …

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You might be a… failed writer

You might be a… You might be a failed writer if you name your kids Holden and Phoebe. You might be a failed writer if you can’t see your walls through all the rejection letters you’ve tacked up for “motivation.” You might be a failed writer if you own at least one copy of the “Writer’s Market.” You might be …

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Conversations

Excerpt from the novel by James Tressler “For better or worse, it is in conversation with others that we listen most to ourselves.”  — Anonymous Sugit left for the migrant camp in Ostrava this morning. When he left it was very early, and even though I was really awake I pretended to be asleep as he dressed and packed his …

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The Switch

Betty and George Bowman had lot 41 this winter. They had the newest, largest rig in Golden Sun RV Village and Resort, east of Yuma, Ariz., though I thought the color scheme was hideous. Their twin cockapoos had some sort of high pedigree — highest out of all of the “second set of children” in the resort, too, but I …

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Savage Romance with Dr. Love #03

Hey Dr. Love, I’m a 21-year-old Humboldt State student. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for just more than nine months and not only am I in love, but I believe that I’ve found my soul mate. He is sweet, caring, kind and even my parents like him. However, he recently asked me to shave my beaver and I’ve been confused …

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Madame Specifica’s Monthly Predictions #3

 Aries March 20 – April 20 The hangover you will have later in the month will be of massive proportion. You will wake up in the back of your car, pull over on the highway on your way home, vomit on the shoulder and roll around in the freshly weed whacked grass until you can see again. Get up quick because …

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Untitled

Heather Malloy, Contributor When I hear the wooden door close. When darkness hits the light bulb, Even through a blindfold, and wheezing through your choke hold, I see that I’m in trouble. When you slide across my sweaty back Fastening handcuffs above my crack, Warm red prints from timely smacks. Each one harder than the last, I smile ‘cause we …

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Black Crow

Gabby Fellows, Contributor Black crow up in the sky always keeping an eye on our behavior Asking questions instead of engaging in dialogue discussions against the social norm why were we even born if we waste our time and talent Selling yourself short for a measly dollar wanting to holler and explode the system from the inside out Go ahead …

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Coat Hanger Cadaver

It’s a pretty good story … We got wasted in an alley, started a game called “piss foot fighting,” and there was a weird guy there named “Christopher Reeves” who claimed that when he died he wanted to be taxidermied (real word?) so his family could use him as a coat hanger. Fun night!

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