Up the Hill by Anne Katherine Cronk

Topic: Crash and Burn My four-year old daughter and I have finished taking care of the horse and now have to go up the hill and take care of the chickens. She suddenly throws herself onto the ground back first and says, “Carry me!  I’m exhausted!” Exhausted, I’m thinking. I’m the one who practically gave … Continue reading

An Affair by Deidre Murphy

Topic: Boxes There was no money to buy an upcoming birthday present. There was a paper box. There was a perfect image on the computer. There were my water colors. There was my paper collection. Paper has fascinated me ever since I can remember. Every new piece intrigues me with its uniqueness, its smell, its … Continue reading

The Stories They Leave Out of the Marriage Manual by Maria’s Random Rants

Topic: Communication Some days I look at my husband and think, “I can love this man a thousand years, in this life and the next.” Other days I find myself struggling to figure out how I’m supposed to stand him one more day. Marriage is funny like that. It’s like a roller coaster, complete with … Continue reading

Breakdown by Transforming Sarah

Topic: Communication Sitting across the couch from me, I can feel his energy. I can almost see the words flying across his mind, even in the dead pan silence of the room. Moments ago, there was no silence. There was screaming and yelling and huffing and puffing. Our breathing is heavy from the exertion. “I’m. … Continue reading

Should We Love Life? I Think We Should by Gangsta Fish

Topic: Love I find it interesting that it’s rare I hear these days the term “I love life.” Okay. Stress. Work. People. I get it. But I’ve been thinking about it, and I think people are actually getting to a point where they grossly exaggerate the downs of daily life, and unintentionally convince themselves that … Continue reading

Two Peas in a Pod by Nucking Futs Mama

Topic: Love Whenever people ask me if my twins get along, I answer by saying that they’re the best of friends and the worst of enemies. As with all siblings, one minute they can be playing as peacefully as Buddha with a butterfly, and the next, they can be going at each other like a … Continue reading

Awakening by Transforming Sarah

Topic: Love As a young child I loved writing. It didn’t matter what kind. I would curl up with my little diary and a few gel pens and I would write. It held such pure joy for me, seeing words come together to make beautiful compositions. In school, my teachers all praised me for my … Continue reading

Dad, Will You Wrestle? by Deep Fried Daddy

Topic: Love My second son came downstairs tonight and said, “Dad, will you wrestle?” I said, “Are you sure?” He quickly replied, “I want to wrestle!” I immediately grabbed him to begin the match and he told me I was in the wrong room so I had to go upstairs to the living room and … Continue reading

The Love of an Aunt by Jen Hurowitz

Topic: Love I always knew my aunt loved me. It was a requirement, after all. Her sister had a baby and she showed the appropriate response. But upon our meeting and mutual love, the role of aunt reached another level. Have you ever had a favorite relative? If you have, I’m sure you felt guilty. … Continue reading

From Love to Heartbreak by by Shawnda Rae

Topic: Love So now what do I do? I’ve held my thoughts and feelings in for a couple of weeks now, but when I finally tell you what I think you blow me off (and not in the good way)! So I fell for you! So I love you! I took all my cues from … Continue reading