In this issue, we explore the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. 
For more from our members, check out their blogs or websites:

Marianne H. Donley

A. E. Decker 

Headley Hauser

Christopher D. Ochs
Carol L. Wright

Will Wright


Don Noel

The puffy clouds that dotted the midday sky had grown dark, ponderous, pregnant. In the fall, storms here in Upper Michigan were unpredictable: This one was gathering inland, behind Sally as she stood gazing off the front porch. The wind came in fierce staccato bursts, putting a ragged chop on the lake.

She had grown up spending summers at this spot, the youngest of siblings who grew up swimming and kayaking and playing endless games of Monopoly. At 14, had her first kiss on this porch – and was spared the ensuing groping of the 17-year-old who had taken her canoeing when her father cleared his throat on the other side of the door.

Don Noel is retired from four decades’ prizewinning journalism in Hartford, CT. In retirement, he earned an MFA from Fairfield University and took up writing short stories. “Rescue” joins five dozen he has had published so far, all available through his blog, dononoel.com.

Heather M. Browne

The day split open like an overly ripe watermelon, spitting disdain all around, in seeds and juice. I didn’t hear it crack or explode. It burst silently, without any warning or provocation. I didn’t even know a fruit could explode from within itself, just by being. But when I walked in, there it was, ripped open, with flesh and rind rotting. My stomach churned savagely as I held back a gag, my mouth swelling with saliva. They say the heart is the tastiest part; the core, the firmest and the sweetest. But mine was just the shell, bereft of innards, exploded like a grenade that left stinking, jagged remnants everywhere.

Heather M. Browne is a faith-based psychotherapist. She was recently nominated for the Pushcart Award, and is published in the Orange Room, Boston Literary Review, Page & Spine, Eunoia Review, Poetry QuarterlyRed Fez, Electric Windmill, Apeiron, the Lake, Knot, and mad swirl.  Red Dashboard has published two of her collections: Directions of Folding and Altar Call of Trumpets. Follow her at www.thehealedheart.net.

Peter DiChelis

Elliott found the mysterious necklace in his grandmother’s house, hidden inside a dented roasting pan pushed to the back of a kitchen cabinet. The necklace was snuggled into the folds of the local newspaper, dated one week before his grandmother's death.

Elliott wasn't surprised to find a necklace in the kitchen cabinet, or even to find it wrapped in newspaper. He’d once discovered his grandmother’s purse chilling in the refrigerator, and a quart of spoiled milk atop her bedroom bureau.

Peter DiChellis
concocts sinister tales for anthologies, ezines, and magazines. Two of his stories were Finalists in the 2019 Derringer Awards for outstanding short mysteries. For more, visit Peter’s Amazon author page or his blog celebrating short mystery and crime fiction,
 A short walk down a dark street.

Readers Review

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