What he didn’t say

Ron Lach on Pexels.com Something wasn't right. The twinge in her stomach told her so. Her eyes confirmed it was so. He was supposed to be there. But there was no sign of his form, his face. Had he changed his mind? Couldn't go through with it any more? No. Nervous energy traveled through her, …

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The life and times of Mr. P. Bag

It really is a testament to the unexpectedness of life. My downfall, that is, and, actually, the entire Bag family's fall from grace. You can trace our ancestry back to Sweden, where generations of pioneering Bags set forth into the world with their adventurous avant-garde spirit. Their unified vision to assist and facilitate lives made …

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Denial

Photo by Josie Stephens I dedicated myself to finding the truth. Dug in places that were dank and dark, unearthing the unmentionable. There were times I just couldn't keep going, I was so frozen with fear. But, in its own bizarrely macabre way, my curiosity eventually always got the better of me and so I …

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BIG LOVE

Photo by Clara The day he died, we started to live. We were lucky that way - being alive. Many don't make it. On his last day I was under the bed making myself as flat as possible; willing myself into the floorboards. The door was locked, but that gave me little reassurance. If he …

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Merciful Mary

Winds of change Please do carry the voice of truth far and wide Across battlefields And burning skies Over charred remains Mothers' empty sighs Over homes laid bare Hey sir, can you spare Some Love and some Mercy? So much hatred Blacker than the sea Rife with fear Let everyone hear Our shouts our screams …

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The Big Sleep

He is abandoned asleep on the sofa. His breathing is light and even. How peaceful he looks, childlike and vulnerable, cocooned in his private inner space, where the outside world cannot touch him. When I see him like that, I imagine how his mother must have looked at him whilst a baby cradled in her …

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Talking Bail versus Jail in the Canadian Justice System

Our first entry of 2022 for The Interview Series is with Bail Supervisor Jo.B* MB: Good morning and thanks for agreeing to the interview. Happy 2022! Jo.B: My pleasure. Ah yes! Happy New Year to you too! MB: Right off the bat, although I am not suggesting yours is an odd profession, I have to …

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Fear from Fiction

Picture this...Grade five, recess time and a ball buster boy in my class (Martin) told me that years ago someone had hung themselves in the basement of my house. He offered up horrific details as I stood silent, my insides churning and a cold sweat running over me while the other kids laughed and played …

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CONFESSIONS OF AN ADRENALIN JUNKIE

USPA D Licensed Sky Diving Instructor - Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor - High Altitude Alpinist and Master Scuba Diver Williams Pontel joins us today in our first Q&A: Confessions of an Adrenalin Junkie MB: Thank you Williams for taking the time to chat with us this morning. WP: My pleasure. MB: I guess the …

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The wicked

Despondency has an address, and this is it. Our house is one of a series of identical houses on the fringes of this forest. The ever present dankness and semi shadow is meant to humble and educate. From an early age blind obedience and outright denial of any desire or ambition for 'things' outside the …

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