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So Says the Sea

So Says the Sea

By Brynne Betz In the early morning, order before the mist has lifted its veil, story I slip outside to drink in the whispers of my New England sea. She tells of far away places, drugs of mysteries and wonders and jewels I cannot see. And she laps, laps up with her gentle, rhythmic voice, […]

Transform Your Nameless Week

Transform Your Nameless Week

By Brynne Betz He sat outside the grocery store on the cement curb, his head perched on a body that wanted to puddle to the ground. He was tired and had all but given up. I smiled at him when we went in. No pity, just real. My daughter waved and gave him a piece […]

Why Not Love . . .More?

Why Not Love . . .More?

A Treasure in Traffic

A Treasure in Traffic

By Brynne Betz Drivers scramble to get ahead of one another, to pass the flagger before he turns his sign back to Stop. I hear a honk. Another driver yells profanities. Turn signals blink like Christmas lights. There . . . there . . . there . . . and there. A city bus squeaks […]

The Oak Tree in the Acorn

The Oak Tree in the Acorn

The office was warm but not hot. The color of the carpet didn’t matter nor did the color of the walls. But the lighting, order from a small lamp beside the couch, did. It was golden and kind, like the softness of an afternoon sun after a lazy summer day. One of the walls was […]

A Blank Message

A Blank Message

By Brynne Betz There she was, rocking slowly in the moonlight, her stockinged feet kneading the porch planks like she hadn’t ever done it before. But she had. Every night for sixty some-odd years. It was her ointment, she told me, a balm she used for soothin’ her soul. For soothin’ her soul? I smiled […]

The Little Things

The Little Things

On the bus to Sayulita in the tropical jungle of Mexico, I close my eyes. I lift my chin to catch every bit of breeze as it licks the sea, soaks itself up with a sultry touch of the sun, then finds its way to my thirsty body. I can’t help but smile. I am […]

The Itch Spot

The Itch Spot

By Brynne Betz The little runt ran around in circles as if he were an over-wound preschool toy. He tried to sniff at little clumps of curious bits, but couldn’t stop long enough to take in a real breath. His skin was pink. His nose was brown. His body covered in dirt. He grunted as […]

Protect Your Magic

Protect Your Magic

By Brynne Betz “Did you remember the cupcakes?” said my best friend Sandy, twirling her braids and chewing her day old gum. “Yep,” I said, proud of myself for not accidentally-on-purpose forgetting and then gobbling them up like a belly-happy beast. “And what’d ye tell your mom?” “That we were looking for four leaf clovers. […]

A Little Christmas Magic

A Little Christmas Magic

He had always been a favorite author of mine so when I opened the finely wrapped gift on Christmas morning, here my hand rushed up to cover my mouth. How did I not know he had written a new book? How did the gift giver beat me to it? I could hardly wait to be […]

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