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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood brings Shakespeare’s Tempest to life but Mona Awad misses the boat with All’s Well

Six years ago, I read and loved this book so much, I continue to recommend and gave it the highest tribute: buying a copy for friends. One said she never would have picked this one up after seeing how dark … Continue reading

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A Worm in My Salad, please! (or “Bugs on the Menu”)  

A Worm in My Salad, please! (or “Bugs on the Menu”)  by Carol Kean was first published by Perihelion Science Fiction ezine in 2015. NOBODY LIKES ME, EVERYBODY hates me, think I’ll go eat worms? Good idea. You’ll feel better, … Continue reading

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Country Roads

Dirt was a fact of our childhood. Digging in the garden, working in the field, running barefoot down dusty roads and coming back coated in off-white. Earth, Wind and Fire, too, though we have no old snapshots, no videos, that … Continue reading

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The Token Irishman

With St. Patrick’s Day only three weeks away, I had to revisit this story, which began as a 5-Minute Freewrite at Steemit in response to the prompt “token.” I had so much fun with it. Of course my son, part … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Separation, Hopeless Habits, Saints Alive

There really is a Saint Corona, and she is reputed to be the patron saint of pandemics. Thank you, Cory McNaughton of Steemit, for pointing that out to me after I posted this a year ago, when the pandemic had only … Continue reading

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Down Freedom River by Joseph Green: a narrative of nation-building and cruelly extinguishing black entrepreneurs

With #BlackLivesMatter in the news again, and nation on fire over police brutality and racial issues, this novel is suddenly more timely than ever. Free blacks ruled over their own territory in Florida, in the early 1800s. Who knows what … Continue reading

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“The truth is best told in the guise of fiction” – Carol Kean

“It’s only fiction,” my husband has told me for years, but, but, it’s never “only fiction.” The truth is all too often told in the guise of fiction. Different names, different dates and details, but same sad story happening in our … Continue reading

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Father Ed

Ed and I were fellow English-teaching majors in the early 1980s. He was tall and dark with wide shoulders, scintillating blue eyes, freckles, and a quick smile. He was intense. He told me I was possessed by demons. I haven’t … Continue reading

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“Ashes and Acorns” by Carol Kean

  “Ashes and Acorns” is my last-minute entry for the HardFork: Can You See The Future? contest (November 2017). The mother in the story is inspired by my mom’s cousin Lois (who loves the Grand Canyon) and by a Scotland physician and sci-fi … Continue reading

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Friday night in Falls City (a fiction, for fun)

Driverless cars were the stupidest thing ever. Marv Moran clipped the newspaper story on how the production of this idiocy was increasing, pinned it to the bulletin board, and proceeded to throw darts at it. Marv Mor-ANN, not MOR-on, she … Continue reading

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