New Texas

Tigerlily

Tigerlily

by Renee Henning TIGERLILY Lily pinned on her name tag. It read Soo-Lee. She, like everyone assigned to her cabin, was a teenager who had been adopted from South Korea by a Caucasian couple. It was the first day of Korean culture camp. Adopted children and adolescents had traveled from various states to spend aRead more about Tigerlily[...]

La Linda

La Linda

by David Kaczynski I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the town of La Linda, though I’d be hard put to explain to you exactly why. For one thing, I’ve never been there, only studied it (if that’s the right word) from a distance. It lies at the end of a dead-end road that I’ve driven downRead more about La Linda[...]

Our Arborist

Our Arborist

by Jonathan B. Ferrini Mr. Mori awoke to a beautiful sunny morning and stared out the window of his hospice into a small, well-maintained garden with bright flowers, a California pepper tree providing shade, and a gathering place for happy, singing birds. A familiar appearing bluebird landed on the window sill, and stared into hisRead more about Our Arborist[...]

Rideshare

Rideshare

by Jonathan Ferrini It was a hot summer, and I was “sweating” my physics final exam. I was required to take physics for a second time during summer school after failing the course during the Spring Quarter of my sophomore year in college. I was also “sweating” the grueling, twelve-hour days I was working asRead more about Rideshare[...]

The Wrongful Conviction (a sequel to “The Double Homicide”)

The Wrongful Conviction (a sequel to “The Double Homicide”)

by Renee Henning “I did it, Your Honor,” Jed Harris said.  “I killed that blankety-blank!”  Despite his rough exterior, Jed was a man of quiet dignity who never swore in the presence of females. Judge Laura Sanchez looked surprised.  She had not expected him to admit in court to the slaying.  The victim was “Mac”Read more about The Wrongful Conviction (a sequel to “The Double Homicide”)[...]

Lea & Ana

Lea & Ana

by John Tavares At first the attraction was strictly physical. Ana had a fit, curvy body and an appealing face, but Lea grew to love her mind and personality. This was the young woman Lea wanted to join on a journey to college. They spent time together outdoors, hunting, fishing, and discussing their plans toRead more about Lea & Ana[...]

Brown Shoe

Brown Shoe

by Jonathan Ferrini "A marvelous artifact trapped within the confines of a perilous intersection raises intriguing questions and inspires a eulogy." What has befallen you and led you to the center of a busy intersection, alone, at the peril of being crushed by racing cars? You remain erect and proud, as if standing at aRead more about Brown Shoe[...]

The Golden State

The Golden State

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California is a great equalizer. It has no race, income, gender, or sexual prejudices. It treats everybody miserably. What happened to this state? Rising rents, astronomical home prices, traffic congestion, homelessness. I remember growing up in California in the fifties, life was better. Orange groves lined the freeways. YouRead more about The Golden State[...]

The Limes

The Limes

by Rudy Ruiz I had taken to drawing limes ever since the Sunday my father announced his latest business scheme at Grandma Fina’s kitchen table. After my parents had retreated across the border to Matamoros, it was typically the only day of the week that I saw them and my little brother. I’d hoped myRead more about The Limes[...]

Baby Head

Baby Head

by Heath Dollar Johnny Benton, in his cowboy hat, starched jeans, and boots with a walking heel, parked his truck alongside the state highway, stepped across a bar ditch, and headed toward the gate of Baby Head Cemetery. The cemetery, which was situated beneath a rugged hill of pink granite and Texas scrub, was allRead more about Baby Head[...]