The Beauty of the Hermaphroditic Snail

The Beauty of the Hermaphroditic Snail

by Betty Scott Surrounded by political rancor, I found myself wishing Superman would swoop in and solve global chaos. Instead I read up on Gastropods and Mollusks. One night I dreamt about … oh Hail to the Chief … Super Snail!   Snails weigh mere grams. An average...
The Beauty of the Hermaphroditic Snail

When a Word Goes to War

by Jean Waight Remember the so-called War on Christmas—just another snit by Fox News, right? In the wake of last year’s presidential election results, we—secular and religious progressives, liberals, centrists, and presumably, a good many conservatives—have looked far...
The Beauty of the Hermaphroditic Snail

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by Judith Shantz “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. That was the childhood response to playground bullies, but it was never true. Words do hurt, far more than sticks or stones. Mindless cruelties. Retard and queer. We never outgrew...
What Excites Me About Writing

What Excites Me About Writing

by Dick Little Words! All those words. I love `em, list `em, hoard them. Steal them. Don’t you? I think they’re why I write, when it comes down to it. Especially when all that plot, character, story arc stuff eludes me. Words are the pretty candies in a...

For the Love of Words

What compels me to write? Do I believe I have a story to tell or a new way to express an old feeling? Perhaps – or not. But I do know I am driven, moth to flame, lover to beloved, by a passion for my mother tongue. I do not remember not “knowing” words. I don’t mean...

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