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January
2016
Co-Pilot
by John Tavares

A young woman attempts to adjust to life in a remote part of the country as she becomes increasingly estranged from her partner, a pilot, and raises an infant with a disability.

Cold Metal Wings
by Robert Klein Engler

Men, and the machines they make, have a complex destiny. So it was for Sergeant Rockwell and the Hellcat he serviced in WWII. Let him tell you his story from Westhaven Nursing Home.

Home is the
Sailor from the Sea
by Tom Sheehan

Life at sea is not tougher than coming back home to a western ranch.

Living In Florida
by A. R. Alan

Living in Florida can be fun, but challenging if you live anywhere near retirement communities.

The Body
by Sylvester P. Barzey

After a murder, four friends deal with the shock of it all and then the most important question arises: What to do with the body?

The Damned Generation
by Maurice Connolly

Two young Irish soldiers enlist to fight with the British Forces in the Great War of 1914-1916. However, the Irish rebelled against British rule in the rebellion of Easter Week, 1916, and this Rebellion had a catastrophic effect on the morale of the Irish soldiers fighting on the Western Front.

The Dead I
Have Left Behind
by Andrew Lee-Hart

An artist lets a gorilla into her bed but not into her heart.

The Greek
by Elaine Rosenberg Miller

When George wore the dress and his stubble was at his darkest and his curls, their wildest, she felt as if he were making a bold statement. Slight of build, clearly a man, he dared the world to say something to him, confront him.

The Tale of the
Heavenly Music Room
by Stephen Weinstock

Bored with walking serenely down the Path of Heaven, two musician souls, Stint and Loquat, come upon a room full of musical instruments from every place and time. They are thrilled with the exciting windfall, but the marvelous collection creates frustrating challenges that test the two musicians' patience and creativity.

The Truth
by Kyle Summerall

Fifteen years have gone by since Johnathan Singleton made it out of the county. When the body of his uncle washes up, a secret two generations old comes along with it. Johnathan has to return to a home he never knew and a family he's left behind to tell the truth... even if it means destroying the family name.

Time Drains Away
by William Quincy Belle

In a home invasion, being robbed is the least of your worries.






A Heart Song for You
by Mitchell Waldman

Coal Cough Morning
by Andrew Scott

Conspicuous Capricorns
by Maryann Gestwicki

Dying 4 Dinero
by Mark Antony Rossi

Everything's Darker At Night
by Abby Tiska

Hindsight
by Anca Mihaela Bruma

In a Cage of Brief
Nomadic Sequences
by Raymond Farr

Love
by Lily Tierney

Nightmare
by Star LaBranche

Rewards of a Farmer's Life
by Bradley LeBlanc

Rita
by Michael Estabrook

River Ink
by Shannon Laws

Stray Cat Caf?/a>
by Dean Meredith

Stunted
by Gershia Mahabir

The Hero of this Saga
(Rewritten for Robin)
by Niko Rylee

The Way
by Ananya S. Guha

Unlike The Best Minds
by G. Louis Heath

Untitled
by Alex Moschella

Untitled
by Goirick Brahmachari


Rejected Again
by Susan Sundwall

Ever feel like kicking the wall when you get a rejection? Let's talk about coping and with attitude.

Sacred Words Between Online Friends
by Casey Bottono

As virtual friendships become more common, do we ever stop to think about what we're learning from the people we converse with? Here, Casey shares some of the lessons she took from deep conversations with a South American friend.

The Wolf by the Ears
by Mattie Lennon

"The Wolf by the Ears" is part of a memoir which I am working on. It is an accurate account of a personal experience.




Between the Sheets
Part 1 of a 2 part review












This month, Ditch & Weeb review
City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg













Here
by Richard McGuire
Reviewed by Brian Burmeister

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Living In Florida
By A. R. Alan

     I live in Florida, the state known for its Hurricanes. However it's not the storms that terrify me, it's the people who live in the retirement communities who are challenging my sanity.
     Last evening, after leaving a local supermarket and attempting to drive home, I spotted two old men walking behind the parked cars. As I was about to cautiously drive past them, the shorter man suddenly stepped in front of my car. I immediately jammed on my brakes and honked my horn. The man jumped back, but his friend started cursing me at the top of his lungs. "Learn how to drive, stupid!"
     Being the nice person that I try to be, I rolled down my window and tried to explain that I was worried his friend might get run over. Again, the tall, nasty one cursed me out. Without hesitation, I yelled back, "Listen you moron. Next time I won't warn you. I'll just run you and your friend over." The moron's mouth dropped open, his top denture fell out, and now I'm not sure if I ran over his false teeth as I quickly drove away.
     What if I did run over his denture, I worried all night? What if the bald-headed moron got my license plate number? What if the cops arrested me? What would I tell my kids and the media? Would they pass a law in Florida that makes running over senior's dentures punishable by electrocution? Oh, God! Why didn't I stay in New York? Muggings and purse snatching's are so much easier to deal with.

The End
Merce is a hilarious original musical comedy web series about a middle-aged, HIV-positive man living in New York City. He is unashamedly and flamboyantly gay, a Pollyanna who sees some events in his life through an MGM lens. Merce is bawdy, outrageous and fun, proving that life can be positive even when you're positive.

"Seinfeld with HIV" Shawn Decker, Poz.com

"[Merce] has the low-budget appeal of early John Waters." Mark S. King, MyFabulousDisease.com

"Who’s Merce? He’s a flamboyant and funny middle-aged New Yorker and the star of his own outrageously gay musical comedy web series." Trenton Straub, POZ Magazine, July/August 2015

"Flamboyant, funny, outrageous, glamorous, bawdy...Merce captures, ever so candidly, and also fearlessly, the reality of living with HIV/AIDS in today's society." Alina Oswald, A&U Magazine, June 2015
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