Creative Writing

Reprinted with gracious permission of the author and the photographer. Poem from Photograph 061221 dry by Bruno Chalifour. Church for the Disliked Sy Hoahwah On the turnpike, the smell of a heaven made out of old barn wood from Okmulgee. Handles and rungs cut from a fat farmer’s leather belt. In the eastern counties, coffins raced uphill, moving on... Read more →

Reprinted with gracious permission. Original link here. Letters from an American by Heather Cox Richardson April 19, 2020 The big news for two days has been the “protests” of state governors’ stay-at-home orders and mandatory business closings to try to contain the novel coronavirus which, as of today, has taken more than 40,000 American lives. The protests started last week... Read more →

My trip home in CV19 America … by a friend of the Woodlands Through a series of circumstances too complicated to explain here, I found myself in mid-March of 2020 stuck in Arizona 2300 miles from home in upstate New York. I had driven my car out there and really needed to return home with my car, so flying home... Read more →

Inside the Adirondack Blue Line by Lesia Vincent There once was a time early in our marriage when the responsibilities of child-rearing and house stewardship was not even on the horizon. The cloud of trouble lightly touched our family with my ectopic pregnancy and father-in-law’s cancer prognosis hanging in the air. Death would not visit our clan for another few... Read more →

How the Mohawks Responded to Historical Plagues © by Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When I was growing up on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory there were social habits which reflected an historical response to the devastating communicable diseases which came close to wiping out our ancestors. Beginning in the early 17th century illnesses such as smallpox and influenza struck the Iroquois hard.... Read more →

The Z-Team by Andrew McGourty Image from Wiki The desert was barren like always, only surrounded by some sand and cactus. You’d mostly be bored if you lived here. Unfortunately, for a small group stationed at one of the only bases here, this was the case. The base on the outside was simple. It was just a plain brown color,... Read more →

Printed here under Fair Use. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on February 20, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets. Ode to the Boy Who Jumped Me by Monica Sok You and your friend stood on the corner of the liquor store as I left Champa Garden, takeout in hand, on the phone with Ashley who said, That was your tough... Read more →

The Quimby Family Farm by Lisa Ward Images under Fair Use from Quimby Family Foundation and also Quimby Family Farm FB Pages As the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays approach us, in small town Marlboro, NY, and my husband and I visited the annual Marlboro Holiday Extravaganza held at the Marlboro Elementary School, I couldn't help but to think of a... Read more →