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Coal Stove Toast

Coal stove toast requires a coal stove, which we do not have, but Nana does. Nana resists many forms of modern kitchen technology and...

Kingfisher

I walked along the lakeside, As a radiance of kingfishers moved, A vast swarm, flowing through the air, A concentration built for the rain, But coloured in by...

A Team of One

I have always been more than one person. When I was married with young children, I was at least four people. A woman. A...

The Truth’s The Truth

The Myth As a child, I was told that all four of my grandparents died before I was born. Stories prevailed: Bubbe Faygie, on Mom’s...

The Trouble with Danish Happiness

In the summer of 2021, each day for two weeks, I drove my 13-year-old son 30 minutes north of our suburban Boston home to...

The Sounding Board: The Court Has Spoken

Pangyrus presents another essay in our political column, The Sounding Board. What’s The Sounding Board? It’s politics writ large—and writ well. The makeup of...

Exposed

“I have something special for you,” my dad said, his eyes crinkling in that playful way I loved.  Delighted, I followed him to his den,...

We Are All Strangers Here

“We’re lost, Daddy, aren’t we?” Maddy pulled on the hem of Scott’s damp t-shirt, daring him to lie into her big brown eyes. She...

Insomnia Math

For Anne Violet I lie awake most of the night, measuring and adding up seam allowances in my head. Will the quilt top come out crooked? Will I...
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Advice

Ask Annie: How Writers Should Read

Writers, especially those just starting out, should read omnivorously, insatiably, constantly, selfishly, and slowly. So slowly that the flow and rhythms of the prose...

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