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Just in time for Mother's Day and Father's Day, the theme for this issue is Family Matters, and our authors have made the most of it--each with a unique definition of what is most important or memorable about home or family. We wish you and your family all the best.

Garden Mosaic

Teressa Rose Ezell

The floor of my front porch has a flower in the middle, made of round colored tiles—white, grey, yellow, pink, and green. It looks like a rug, the white background extending outward to meet multiple borders, two blue and one green, white, and red. When we moved here late last April and found such dirt and disappointment, one of the first things I did was move the large damp doormat, and then I cleaned the mosaic treasure I discovered underneath. We had rented the place sight unseen, had driven moving trucks for five hours, fueled by excited anticipation of our new city home, only to walk into a house that was unnervingly filthy and derelict. But I chose to mop the front porch first, and I must have looked mad. . . .

Teressa Rose Ezell
’s short story “Water and Fire” will be included in Main Street Rag’s spring 2015 themed anthology, and her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Mulberry Fork Review, Apeiron Review, and 99 Pine Street Literary Journal. She has published nonfiction articles on a wide variety of topics and will soon receive her MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University.


Teressa shares an ancient house near Tower Grove Park in St. Louis with her husband, three of her six children, one grandchild, a wolfish dog, and an owl-faced cat.

Mixed Marriages

Michael J. Moran

Tommy Delaney drew stares as he walked into the Idle Hour Tavern wearing a torn powder blue tuxedo and sporting a badly swollen left eye. The handful of customers silently turned their heads to follow Tommy as he walked to the end of the bar, climbed onto the stool, and ordered a double Irish whiskey with a beer chaser. Pete the bartender poured the whiskey, and placed a draft beer in front of the bruised and tattered young man. . . .

Michael J. Moran is a retired university professor living in Alabama. Having left behind the writing of scientific articles and text books, he now writes short stories and flash fiction reflecting the people and culture of the anthracite coal region of Northeastern Pennsylvania where he was raised. His work has appeared in such publications as 
Hobo Pancakes, Clever Magazine, and A Thousand and One Stories.

When We Had Little

Polly McCann

When we had little, I learned 
how to take flour and water then add . . .

Polly McCann,
writer and illustrator, has an MFA in writing from Hamline University. Her first book of poetry, Tea with Alice, is a collection of generational and autobiographical poems in free verse.

No Need to Bother With the Recipe

Sara Etgen-Baker

After my Grandmother Stainbrook died, my mother requested only one item from her mother’s possessions. “All I really want are her old recipe cards and antique file box,” my mother told my uncle. My mother’s request puzzled me, for I knew that my mother didn’t need the recipe cards and file box for any practical reason. She’d known for decades how to make my grandmother’s pumpernickel bread, sauerkraut, and her breakfast specialty—streusel kuchen. . . . 

Sara Etgen-Baker
’s love for words began when, as a young girl, her mother read the dictionary to her every night. A teacher’s unexpected whisper, “You’ve got writing talent,” ignited her writing desire. Her manuscripts have won several contests and have been published in numerous anthologies including Wisdom Has A Voice, Times They Were A Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s. Others have appeared in SCN’s True Words Anthology, Looking Back Magazine, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Halcyon Magazine, Page & Spine, Perspectives Magazine, and The Storyteller. Sara enjoys her participation with the Story Circle Network, the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the National League of American Pen Women—Dallas Branch. She’s currently working on her first novel, Secrets at Dillehay Crossing, and hopes to finish in 2015.