More Than a New Year, by Anonymous

Short, sweet and to the point. I’ll let this one speak for itself. Our families spent a good deal of time together when I was a kid, so much so that, although we were not related to them, my sister and I referred to them as Aunt Carrie and Uncle Mike, and their kids were […]

Courage by: Anonymous

Courage Comes in Many Forms I am having a hard time letting go. I have spent much of the last year trying to cut you out of my heart and pretending that I never opened it to you. That isn’t working so well. So, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to make room […]

tap tap tap

I am in the deep, slipping among the velvety green slick stones. She taps my shoulder, her fingernails like silvery half moons: tap tap tap. I feel the shift from sleep, down here in the murky dream waters, to up there, where she is. Tap tap tap. I roll over. “Mama, we need milk.” A prayer […]

Most Likely to Succeed by Anonymous

How much can a woman overcome? Triggers today include eating disorders, suicide and depression. I am left wondering if and how the promise of anonymity allows for honesty. Thoughts? Be kind in the comments, as if I need to remind you. Milestones of grief marked my struggles since passing time has blurred the dates. I […]

How the Booker Prize Saved My Life

 How about something a little more hopeful. I love this submission, because it is filled with promise and purpose and smarts. Remember our kind and gentle commenting policy, s’il vous plait. One winter I hated my job and spent most days hiding in bookstores. I had a regular rotation of bookstores, and after checking in […]

Telling Ellen, by: Anonymous

 I’ve discarded the word limits on these submissions, because there has to be room to say the things that need to be said. So, if that’s a reason why you haven’t submitted, fret no more. When you get to the “I wanted to” paragraph, you will understand, I think, the depth of work it takes to […]