Sweet Anticipation

Sweet Anticipation by Laura Birnie The sun is much brighter than it has been these past few months, a promise of more warmth to come. The snow is slowly melting away, watering the soil. I run my fingers down the branch of a shrub and feel the new buds formed and ready to open inContinue reading “Sweet Anticipation”

A Garden of Words

A Garden of Words by Ashlyn McKayla Ohm Was the news scary, you ask? Well, of course it was, and how could it not be? I am a grower of ideas, after all. Long before I had heard of publishing models and three-act structure, long before I could know that books were written instead ofContinue reading “A Garden of Words”

Love Breaks Through

Love Breaks Through by Shemaiah Gonzalez The dark earth cracked with small specks of ice even though it had not rained in days. In ravines and ruts, where the last rain had pooled, sheets of ice were left shard, like broken mirrors strewn across the Surrey landscape. It was upon these paths I spent myContinue reading “Love Breaks Through”

Now Found

Now Found by Lisa Anne Tindal The noisy celebration at “Aunt Boo’s” was interrupted by the arrival my baby sister. Seven years younger, our life’s trajectories vastly different and our starts in life I suppose vary in both perspectives and experiences. Her hair is long, she’s got a leaner body, an easy elegance in herContinue reading “Now Found”

Goodness Still Grows

Goodness Still Grows by Diana Gruver That spring, I desperately wanted a baby, but I planted tomatoes instead. We were midway through our infertility journey at the time, sorting through our grief over something we’d never actually possessed. Little did I know that in just over a year, I’d find out I was pregnant. WeContinue reading “Goodness Still Grows”

Carry This Shifting

Carry This Shifting by Thelma Nienhuis I carry the shifting in my bones. The shortening days and open windows and the quiet ache to heat the kettle as the sun sets. The faint pulse of seasonal change traces lines along skin and memory, reminding me of what the long winter days hold for my husband:Continue reading “Carry This Shifting”

Barren Land and Plenty

Barren Land and Plenty by Sarah Freymuth Rough scrape of leaves across pavement. Trees blend of barren twigs for branches, burnt orange, red wine, apple yellow. Invisible God manifested in the breeze cool on my face, gliding through my hair. Dome of blue sky arched around the perimeter of land, jet stream the only punctureContinue reading “Barren Land and Plenty”

A Gift to the World

A Gift to the World by Jana MacDonald We timidly walked up to the old church building, a beautiful stone edifice that has ministered on the same street corner downtown for over a century. Years ago, the local soup kitchen purchased the building when the church had dwindled in size. For that reason, it wasContinue reading “A Gift to the World”

Writer’s Fall

Writer’s Fall by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt Even as a child I didn’t really understand the excitement about new leaves, buds on trees, the denizens of the nests changing. I wanted everything to stay the same. Skeletons should not creak back to life. The dark sorcery of spring fazed and frightened me. The familiar faces made ofContinue reading “Writer’s Fall”


Elsewhere by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt I am sat just off the bark-strewn path. Legs curled seed-like underneath a spine glowing with the memory of pain. In my mind’s eye I come here often, cheating the seasons. That’s one good thing about having to travel by imagination. Now, when I come, the games teacher in the adjoiningContinue reading “Elsewhere”