Pizza

Pizza

Do you ever think about the best pizza you ever had? There’s something about a flat round of dough smothered in sauce, cheese, and toppings that captivates attention like the moon in the sky. Maybe you aren’t partial to pizza but it reminds you of family...
Taking Charge

Taking Charge

An attribute of leadership includes taking charge. Like a boy herding piglets, leaders must find a balance with other qualities, including awareness, compassion, and a sense of doing what is needed at the moment. For the boy, the moment called for courage to overcome...
Rabbit on the Roof

Rabbit on the Roof

Who can say why the rabbit was on the roof? It was not an everyday occurrence, and yet, his tracks left the evidence of a departure from normal. The world has shifted from normal in response to a pandemic. It feels like a season of improbabilities. So, of course,...
Tapping

Tapping

It begins softly, a tap-tap-tapping sound that intensifies into an English word with multiple meanings, rooted both in French and old Germanic. From dancers to barrel valves, tapping gets around. What a fun word to play with. Writers took to the multiple meanings,...
Clarice

Clarice

Stories of Clarice cross time and countries, capturing the essence of a name full of strength. Maybe the Clarices of the world were silenced in a way. Here, they burn bright enough to catch the flame of 99 words. Writers accepted the challenge to write about a woman...
Stories From the Open Road

Stories From the Open Road

Out of the confines, the open road calls. A winding ribbon of mapless tar or a straight path with a determined destination. It’s a journey, a diversion, a means to the end. Whether enjoying or escaping, the open road has stories at ever mile marker. And who...
A Library Cat Named Rainbow

A Library Cat Named Rainbow

Here’s the situation — a library cat named Rainbow escaped. Where she went, is anybody’s guess. Why would she leave the library? Was she captive or missed? A single situation causes us to ask questions and wonder what happens next. Thus writers...
The Sugar Report

The Sugar Report

In WWI, letters from girlfriends and wives back home were called sugar reports. Messages might sustain soldiers on their quests, giving them something sweet to look forward to. It’s not certain if this phrase was used in other wars, but the idea is ageless....
Dog in the Daisies

Dog in the Daisies

When we lose a pet, their brief lifespan frames a period within our own. Bobo was born to us from our family dog, all five of us present. We were able to witness her last exhale, surrounding her with love for the good dog she was. The dogs of my children’s...
Mail Carriers

Mail Carriers

In the Keweenaw, we experience deep snows, and occasionally get snow days that allow people to stay home from school or work. But not mail carriers. US Postal Service operates by the creed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers...
Life Stories of a Bench

Life Stories of a Bench

In a single timeline, a clock ticks off the day in a life of a bench. It stands alone until people emerge and interact. The stories this bench could tell from dramas to tragedies to comedies to everyday people doing everyday things. And that’s what writers got...
Protests

Protests

A protest can be small as the silence of a single person or big as a clamoring crowd. Social injustice, human rights, better conditions for workers can add to suppressed voices. Yet, objections can come from even the protested. Writers gave much thought to the prompt...