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Right to Raft

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Photo: Nadine Cordial By Elizabeth Lauren Winkler There’s a quality to youthful American summers that sets those childhoods apart. I’ve sped far enough forward now from that time that my memories have condensed into a series of vivid, if fractured, images: my parents parked on their canvas beach chairs (Dad slack-jawed in a heat-induced nap); […]


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Literary Santa Barbara: A Travel Piece

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By Jerry Griswold While the movie “Sideways” presented Santa Barbara as the regional capitol of mid-life wine tasting, it has also been a place where writers have come and set up shop for over 150 years. These have included Ross MacDonald, Sue Grafton, Wallace Stegner, Kenneth Rexroth, Randall Jarrell, T.C. Boyle, John Sayles, Gretel Erlich, […]


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Letter to the Dorchester County Board of Education, Regarding Patrick McLaw

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Photo: Patrick McLaw Editor’s Note: Patrick McLaw, a language arts teacher at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Maryland, was recently placed on administrative leave from teaching after it was discovered that he had published two novels. One of the novels, “The Insurrectionist”, is about two school shootings and takes place far into the future. McLaw […]


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The Silence Within Silence

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Photo: Terri Weifenbach By Joanna Chen Yesterday there was a ceasefire. The night before, the booms did not stop. At 3 AM the house shuddered and the walls shook. At 8 AM, as the ceasefire began, silence fell upon the house. I stood at my front door with a second cup of coffee. The cat […]


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Literary Junkies

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Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg, part of “All Summer in a Day” series. By Amy Spies Readers, you may relate to my addiction. It happened to me long ago. I didn’t mean to get hooked.  I was just craving something to whisk me to another land, a better life, a fantastic world.  No one told me that […]